Created for those with permaculture qualifications or industry experience, this advanced course is ideal for landscape architects, horticulturists, garden designers, ecologists and those familiar with permaculture. It’s designed to take your career to the next level!
The Certificate of Permaculture (Advanced) is an online program that will give you a sound background in all aspects of developing, implementing and operating (or advising others on how to operate) a sustainable permaculture system for a range of scenarios.
In this professional development course, you will discover how to evaluate the appropriate design strategies for specific development sites, understand the natural patterns occurring in the local area, undertake planning work, and prepare efficient and ‘value-added’ cost estimates.
You will also study how to develop strategies for the management of water and earthworks; design a permaculture system for dry, humid and temperate to cold climates; and explore alternative sustainable systems.
On completion of this course, you will have in-depth knowledge and a greater awareness of ways in which permaculture concepts can be applied to sustainable land management – in both urban and rural areas and any climate.
Unit 1 – Evaluating design strategies
The need for sustainability
Low input farming
Matching enterprise with land capability
Design strategies and techniques
Spirals and circles
Zig zag trellis
Small scale sun trap
Small scale sun shading
Unit 2 – Understanding patterns
Know your land: evaluate a site
Weather patterns, soil pH, EC, temperature, water etc
Herbicide or pesticide consideration
Land carrying capacity
Assessing land capability
Checklist of sustainability elements
Indication of sustainability
Unit 3 – Water
Water saving measures
Dam and pond building
Construction; concrete, brick, stone,
liners, earth construction
Recycling waste water
Using farm waste water
Town water supply
Pumping subterranean groundwater
Pumping from natural supplies (eg. lakes, rivers)
Pumps and plumbing supplies
Water use: power generatyion, diesel generators
Fish culture: land and water, dams
Water plant culture water plants to know and grow
Seasonal changes in a pond
Sewage treatment: reed beds
Problems with water
Wating water and conservation
Swales and keylines
Unit 4 – Earthworks
Solving drainage problems
Surveying techniques: triangulation, direct contouring, grid system etc
Levelling a sloping site
Loss of soil fertility
Build up of dangerous chemicals
Using lime, gypsum or acidic materials
Unit 5 – Humid tropics
The wet tropics
Sources of humus
Soil life in the tropics
Permaculture systems for the wet tropics
Tropical fruits to grow
Unit 6 – Dry climates
Water storage and conservation
Planting on hills
Overcoming dry soils
Drought tolerant plants
Unit 7 – Temperate to cold climates
Characteristics of a temperate biozone
Cool temperate garden design
Useful crops for this zone
Soils in a cool temperate area
Unit 8 – Planning work
Alternative planning procedures
The planning process
What goes where
Equipping the environmentally friendly garden
Barriers, walls and fencing
Rubble, brick and concrete walls
Changing an existing farm to be more sustainable
Monitoring and reviewing
Contingencies and seasonal variations
Planning for drought
Unit 9 – Costing
Making cost cutting choices
Planning for the cost-conscious
Likely costs to establish a garden
Socio-economic considerations in farming
Economies of scale
Unit 10 – Sustainable Systems
Other sustainable systems
Working with nature rather than against it
Minimising machinery use
Only use what is necessary
Different ways to garden naturally
No Dig techniques
Sustainable agriculture around the world
Integrated pest management
Controlling weeds without chemicals
Animals in sustainable systems
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.
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Professional development for individuals seeking to develop their career/business or for amateurs wishing to explore sustainable lifestyles.