Permaculture is about integrating animals, plants and humans into a balanced and sustainable ecosystem. However, one of the main challenges is ensuring the right plants are grown alongside the right animals! This course is ideal for those who have completed the Certificate of Permaculture Foundations course, farmers looking to diversify the use of their land or those passionate about sustainability and self-sufficiency.
The Certificate of Animal Permacultureis an online program that will teach you about the relationship between permaculture systems and animals and how the benefits can be maximised through design and cultural management decisions.
In this professional development course, you will gain insights into how a variety of animals can enhance a permaculture environment, including insects; poultry; bees; grazing animals like sheep, goats, pigs and rabbits; and larger livestock and wildlife.
You will also study how to plan and prepare garden ‘zones’, the role of aquaculture production systems in permaculture, and the range of aquatic species suitable for permaculture systems.
On completion of this course, you will have developed your ability to integrate animals and their resources – from insects and aquatic organisations to grazing animals and livestock – into a viable permaculture design.
Unit: Permaculture III - Animals
Unit 1 – Integrating animals into a permaculture system or garden
Locating animals in a permaculture system
Maintaining a balance in the system
Intensive animals, small livestock and free-range animals
Functions of animals in the system
Birds in permaculture
Unit 2 – Roles in insects and other small animals
The web of life
Insect feeding habits
Earthworm and red worms
Applied insect control
Pollutants in the ecosystem
Unit 3 – Poultry
Roles in permaculture
Chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese
Don’t buy sick birds
Poultry products and uses
Poultry forage (useful plant species)
Unit 4 – Bee keeping
Bee hives and lids
To bar hives (TBH’s)
Supers, bases and excluders
Frames and foundations
Spur wheel embedder
Emlocks, bee smoker, hive tools
Locating a hive
Buying an established hive
Unit 5 – Grazing animals (pigs, sheep, goats and rabbits)
Advantages and disadvantages of working off grass
Types of fencing
Pig production systems
Rearing and management systems
Unit 6 – Managing larger livestock and wildlife
Managing larger grazing animals
Choosing your dairy breed
Health and disease
Horses at grass in small areas
Unit 7 – Aquaculture production systems
Manures and fertilising ponds
Advantages and disadvantages of aquaculture
Production systems – EP and IP
Species to grow
Biological filtration systems
Clearing turbid water in dams
Extensive production (EP) dams
Intensive production fishery (IPF)
Trap types and lines
Unit 8 : Aquaculture species to grow
Bass, cod, perch, catfish, river blackfish and red claw
Spiny freshwater crayfish
Trout and water
Determining flow in source water
Temperature and trout
Dissolved oxygen and trout
Stocking rates for production pools
Spawning and checking trout
Fertilisation of ova
Hatching the ova
Barramundi (case study)
Growing marron (case study)
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course 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;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
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.
Farmers or hobby farmers
Students with a passion for self sufficiency or sustainability.