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Permaculture courses and workshops available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Immerse yourself in sustainability, ecology and ethical living through our hands-on Permaculture courses and certificates.

Studying permaculture will give you the tools to design the integrated systems that can provide sustainable food, energy and shelter for communities.

Officially endorsed by National Regulatory bodies, our hands-on training programs, workshops and certificate courses cover the skills needed to create a more sustainable and integrated way of living. You’ll learn about design and management with experienced tutors in real permaculture projects in the Byron area.

We offer a range of permaculture courses to suit your interests and goals. These can create opportunities for you to transform a local space, progress onto further sustainability study and secure relevant employment, including in the Byron area.

The Byron Centre For Permaculture offers:

  • Certificate III in Permaculture
  • Certificate IV in Permaculture
  • Permaculture Design Courses (PDC)
  • Sustainability courses and a whole lot more...

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Bamboo Basics Part 1

Bamboo Basics Part 1

Join us for one of the most comprehensive bamboo courses available in Australia. Split into 2 parts and held at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, it is recommended students enrol in Part 1 and 2 to gain the full benefits of this hands on, rigorous bamboo course. Bamboo Basics Part 1: An introduction to bamboo. In this short course you will learn how to harvest good quality bamboo and treat it for longevity. It will also cover how to grow different species of bamboo and how to... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use digital technology for short and basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG001)
Bamboo Basics Part 1

<p><strong>Join us for one of the most comprehensive bamboo courses available in Australia.</strong></p>

<p>Split into 2 parts and held at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, it is recommended students

...
You are NOT ENROLLED until we receive a completed application form & payment. Click APPLY NOW which starts the enrolment process, by requesting an Application Form for this course.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Creating Healthy Soils

Creating Healthy Soils

A next level course for those seeking more strategies to enhance and protect the soil environment whilst improving their harvests, reducing inputs and relieving pest and disease pressure. With an emphasis on the soil food web, this course will delve into the microscopic world of the soil and how we can manage the soil system whilst enhancing organic food production and care for our environment. Designed for those who have completed the Backyard Food Production course or have some... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use oral communication skills to participate in workplace meetings (FSKOCM004)
  • Use digital technology for routine and simple workplace tasks (FSKDIG002)
  • Write short and simple workplace information (FSKWTG003)
Creating Healthy Soils

<p>A next level course for those seeking more strategies to enhance and protect the soil environment whilst improving their harvests, reducing inputs and relieving pest and disease pressure.</p>

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You are NOT ENROLLED until we receive a completed application form & payment. Click APPLY NOW which starts the enrolment process, by requesting an Application Form for this course.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Backyard Food Production

Backyard Food Production

Growing your own herbs, vegetables can be a rewarding and exciting experience. This course provides you with a mix of practical information and hands-on experience to achieve great results. During this 8 week course you will become part of a small team who will be the custodians of our backyard vegetable garden plot at our purpose designed 1-acre permaculture site located at Mullumbimby Community Gardens (MCG). We will follow the seasons of a north coast vegetable garden. Growing,... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Engage in short and simple spoken exchanges at work (FSKOCM002)
  • Estimate, measure and calculate with routine metric measurements for work (FSKNUM015)
  • Read and respond to routine workplace information (FSKRDG010)
Backyard Food Production

<p>Growing your own herbs, vegetables can be a rewarding and exciting experience. This course provides you with a mix of practical information and hands-on experience to achieve great results.</p>

<p>

...
You are NOT ENROLLED until we receive a completed application form & payment. Click APPLY NOW which starts the enrolment process, by requesting an Application Form for this course.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Caring for Water Places

Caring for Water Places

Do you live near a creek, river or estuary that looks in poor shape? Are you interested in helping them come back to life? Sadly, many of our beautiful water places are seriously degraded through development and historic land use practices. In this short course you will learn how to determine the quality of your waterway and gain knowledge and experience to take steps to fix it, in the process restoring aquatic plant and animal life, drawing down some carbon and healing the planet.... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Read and respond to simple informal workplace texts (FSKRDG006)
  • Use digital technology for non-routine workplace tasks (FSKDIG003)
Caring for Water Places

<p>Do you live near a creek, river or estuary that looks in poor shape? Are you interested in helping them come back to life?</p>

<p>Sadly, many of our beautiful water places are seriously degraded

...
You are NOT ENROLLED until we receive a completed application form & payment. Click APPLY NOW which starts the enrolment process, by requesting an Application Form for this course.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Bamboo Basics Part 2

Bamboo Basics Part 2

Join us for one of the most comprehensive bamboo courses available in Australia. Split into 2 parts and held at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, it is recommended students enrol in Part 1 and 2 to gain the full benefits of this hands on, rigorous bamboo course. Bamboo Basics Part 2: Builds on the skills learnt in Bamboo Basics Part 1. You will delve deeper into the 1001 multifunctional uses for this incredible renewable resource and master the basics of designing to build with... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Read and respond to short and simple workplace signs and symbols (FSKRDG002)
  • Participate in familiar spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM003)
  • Write short and simple workplace information (FSKWTG003)
Bamboo Basics Part 2

<p><strong>Join us for one of the most comprehensive bamboo courses available in Australia.</strong></p>

<p>Split into 2 parts and held at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, it is recommended students

...
You are NOT ENROLLED until we receive a completed application form & payment. Click APPLY NOW which starts the enrolment process, by requesting an Application Form for this course.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

h3. Please note: Our course for 2021 is now full Are you interested in learning permaculture skills to help make lives, homes and communities more sustainable? We offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in Byron Shire, the green heart of the North Coast. Make like-minded friends in this highly practical course as you gain experience and confidence to transition your life and the lives of others towards a better future. h3. You will learn how to:... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Permaculture AHC33816.
  • Coordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products (AHCPER313)
  • Install structures for permaculture systems (AHCPER310)
  • Maintain integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Install and maintain permaculture water systems (AHCPER309)
  • Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems (AHCPER316)
  • Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER301)
  • Prepare raw materials and compost feedstock (AHCPHT307)
  • Plan propagation activities for a permaculture system (AHCPER318)
  • Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system (AHCPER319)
  • Manage plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system (AHCPER320)
  • Establish an urban permaculture system (AHCPER308)
  • Plan organic garden and orchard systems (AHCPER312)
  • Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER302)
  • Implement crop maintenance and harvesting programs for permaculture systems (AHCPER305)

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

Come on the journey to grow your permaculture know-how right in the green heart of Northern NSW! Permaculture is a richly rewarding career, where you can immerse yourself in sustainable living and organic farming practices. It can provide you with opportunities to work in community development locally and internationally, aid projects, integrated food production or design for sustainable living. You will learn how to: Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices Identify... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Permaculture AHC42116.
  • Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER401)
  • Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture products (AHCPER407)
  • Manage a permaculture seed bank (AHCPER409)
  • Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources (AHCPER406)
  • Manage organic soil improvement (AHCORG403)
  • Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development (AHCPER410)
  • Design an urban permaculture system (AHCPER403)
  • Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development program (AHCPER411)
  • Plan and implement permaculture works (AHCPER404)
  • Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system (AHCPER405)
  • Evaluate suitability of species as solutions for permaculture applications (AHCPER413)
  • Cost a project (AHCBUS407)
Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC Module I

Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC Module I

Learn how to incorporate animals into the design of your garden or food production system to increase its overall abundance, simplify management and optimise the health and productivity of your chickens, cows and other animals. This workshop includes a field trip exploring local animal production systems where we can experience successful integrative animal systems that can be implemented at various scales from the backyard to commercial. Topics covered include: Integration not... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC Module H

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC Module H

Explore some of the latest innovations in green building techniques and materials, site layout, biophilic design, home ecology, house and village design, including tiny houses. Learn how to apply design methods to preserve foods, generate energy and heat, provide domestic drinking water, treat grey and black water, composting toilets and more. Topics covered include: Sustainable Housing Efficient Housing Design for your environment Passive heating and cooling New buildings/designs... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC Module B

Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC Module B

Explore a range of simple plant propagation techniques including cuttings, root division and seed raising to allow you to grow a range of plants for your garden in a simple and cost effective manner. Learn a range of seed saving and storage techniques that empower you to secure the great diversity of food varieties on our planet. Discover how you can develop and evolve varieties of food plants that will have optimum productivity in the unique conditions of your own home garden.... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

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