The word permaculture refers to ‘permanent agriculture’, and it is a set of design principles centred around simulating, or directly using features observed in natural ecosystems. This course is suited to those who understand the basics of permaculture and would like to enhance their skills and knowledge further.
The Certificate of Permaculture is an online program that will further develop your understanding of how to plan and develop a productive, self-sustaining and environmentally stable permaculture system.
In this professional development course, you will explore the nature and scope of permaculture concepts, including energy recycling, plant identification, biological pest control, ecology and ecosystems.
You will also learn how to describe the characteristics of soils, climate, water and forest systems, and apply this knowledge to a permaculture design environment.
On completion of this course, you will have gained insights into the variety of disciplines that relate to permaculture, and how its unique and visionary approaches can assist those looking for a more sustainable and eco-friendly way of living.
Unit 1 – Permaculture concepts
Guiding principles -relatve location, multiple functions and elements, elevational planning, energy recycling, etc.
Ideas and techniques from around the world
No dig gardening
Biological control of pest and disease
Integrated pest management
Living things vary from place to place
Understanding plant names
An easier way to identify plants
Pronunciation of plant names
Unit 2 – Understanding the environment is key to permaculture design
The web of life
Starting a permaculture property
Cost, location, size
Structure of a permaculture system
Choosing a site
Unit 3 – Soils in permaculture
The role of soil
Soil components -gravel sand, silt, colloids
Naming a soil
Factors affecting nitrogen release from organic sources
Heat and chemical treatment
Cultivation and cover crops
Drainage and erosion
How to measure soil pH
How to measure organic content of soil
How to measure water content of soil
Determining solubility of soils
How to test the effect of lime on soil
Taking soil samples for laboratory tests
Unit 4 – Climate and water in permaculture
The hydrological cycle
The greenhouse effect
Water and plant growth
Climatic influence on production
Climate considerations for fruit and vegetable production
Humans and water
Minimising plant requirements
Interpreting weather reports and predictions
Weather map patterns
Interrelationships between climate, soil and plants
Estimating water requirements of plants
Ways to improve water quality, from any source
Water impurities – sediment, impurities, colour, chemical impurities
Tastes and odours in water
Biological impurities in water -algae, bacteria
Other water chemistry factors -dissolved gasses, nitrogen cycle
A review of how to grow a variety of different plants for permaculture
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 100 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!
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BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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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.
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.