Permaculture and Self Sufficiency Courses

Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning
EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF PERMACULTURE

This course is for people with prior experience in permaculture and is an in-depth and academically advanced study of various aspects of permaculture.

It covers sustainable systems, how to determine planning strategies for a site, seasonal patterns, water management, earthworks, considering different climates, and comprehensive planning including preparing costings.
 
This will give you a sound background in all aspects of developing and running a permaculture system.

Complete this course after Permaculture Systems and you are ready to create a design for a wider range of situations - as a consultant to others, or for your own property.” - Adriana Fraser Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert 1V Assessment and Training, Adv.Dip.Hort., ACS Tutor.


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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning

BUILD A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE WITH ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Learn to become less reliant on the electricity and gas companies and save money through alternative energy sources.

This course will equip you with knowledge and understanding of the types of alternative energy, better ways to manage energy consumption, how electric and non-electric systems work, different techniques for storing electricity, and use this knowledge to plan how to convert a buildings energy supply to an alternative system.

ACS Student comment:  "[My tutor] includes some useful comments and obviously has a good store of knowledge on the subject.
Yes, [I find the course a valuable learning experience]. I am in the middle of building a solar-passive designed house in southern Victoria and although I’ve done plenty of research and reading on almost every subject relating to self-sufficiency and alternative energy, the discipline of study has meant I have re-focussed my attention on each topic. I always find out something new that can be applied to the house".
 William Elder, Australia - Alternative Energy course.

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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning
Learn to understand timber construction to work with wood.

Develop an understanding of the fundamentals of carpentry as a foundation to working with wood in landscaping, building construction, furniture making, fencing or any other application.

This course is not a substitute for the practical instruction one might obtain over a long apprenticeship, internship or other such experience; but it does provide a balanced and broad understanding of wood work; exploring the broad range of applications; and in doing so, complements and enhances the development of your knowledge about carpentry.


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Duration icon 600 hours Qualification icon Certificate Modules icon 6 modules This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning
START A SMALL ORGANIC FARM... TRANSFORM AN OLD FARM TO ORGANICS

Agriculture has seen massive changes in most developed countries over recent decades due to changes in global economics, technology and environmental concerns. This course provides a foundation for dealing with those changes, whether on your own farm, or in a broader sense. It allows you to develop skills and knowledge in alternative farming methods using materials which have a minimal impact on the environment. The compulsory modules cover sustainable methods of agriculture and organic farming (livestock, pasture, pest and disease management, soil management and crop nutrition). The elective modules cover a broad range of topics specific to alternative farming including: aquaculture, plant and animal breeding, nut, herb and flower production, hydroponics, and viticulture.

This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C

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Duration icon 700 hours Qualification icon Certificate This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning

GAIN A SOLID UNDERSTANDING OF PERMACULTURE AND HORTICULTURE IN ONE GREAT COURSE!

The principles of permaculture and the fundamentals of horticulture are covered in this extensive course. It creates opportunities to work as a consultant or to set up sustainable productive gardens for others.” - Adriana Fraser Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert 1V Assessment and Training, Adv.Dip.Hort., ACS Tutor.

If you want a change, to get your hands dirty and try something new; gain a solid training in Permaculture Design and practices!

This course was recently revised to provide even more extensive and solid training for those who want to work in horticulture, especially in the design and care of productive natural garden systems. Graduates may find employment in general horticulture, permaculture design, or natural gardening (eg. in garden/system design, nurseries, teaching, consulting, etc).
 
An excellent starting point for an exciting career in permaculture or sustainable gardening, and the skills you will learn will be valuable for any area of Horticulture too. THIS EXPANDS YOUR EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES.

After satisfactory completion of this course, you will be awarded a Permaculture Design Certificate, recognised by the Permaculture Institute.


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Duration icon 600 hours Qualification icon Certificate Modules icon 6 modules This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning

 GAIN SELF SUFFICIENCY WITH THIS UNIQUE QUALIFICATION

Learn to be Self Sufficient
 
Become a consultant in this expanding area of interest and help other to realise their dreams. 
 
Self sufficiency is gaining a lot of interest in recent times as people start looking at simplifying their lives and providing more of their life essentials for themselves.
Many people have the dreams but do not have the know how to realise them.
This certificate level qualification could give you work whilst at the same time helping others in their pursuit of self-sufficiency.
 
A unique qualification which may be undertaken with a view to preparing for a change in the way you live or perhaps in preparation for establishing a business or career providing services to the community in this discipline.
 
The course develops skills in producing your own day to day products using low cost, environmental friendly practices.
 
The Certificate covers (but is not limited to) mud brick building, growing fruit and vegetables, herbs and other crops organically, raising poultry, sheep and goats, nutrition and creating a balanced diet, alternative energy supplies, permaculture, and sustainable agriculture. This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C

 


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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning
LEARN ABOUT THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF BUILDINGS
 
-Distance Learning Course in Eco Building
-ACS has been teaching this course since the early 1990's

Learn to create a healthy building with the minimum toxicity from the ground up.  This unique home study course will help you make the right decisions for building a healthy interior environment.
 
Learn about the skills involved to determine the impact of building construction characteristics upon human health, and to recommend innovations in building design to improve habitability. It covers building materials, construction techniques, electrical wiring, temperature & light control, ventilation, plumbing, ergonomics and psychological factors. Perfect for the modern age of home improvement.

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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning

FURTHER YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF HEALTHY BUILDINGS

Start a consultancy career in this field. Or build your own 'healthy house'.
 
Develops skills to evaluate, describe and explain how physical characteristics of a building and its surrounds have an impact upon the habitability of the building and human health. The course covers how weather systems and garden design influences the internal environment of a house, health aspects of different furnishings, paints, pesticides and chemicals (and alternatives), alternative methods of pest control, managing building surrounds and interior environments.
 
Learn about the impact of chemicals, pesticides furnishings, finishes on the quality of the indoor environment.  Reduce the amount of chemicals in your home.

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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning
BUILD WITH MUD BRICKS
 
Mud brick houses need not be reminiscent of the 1970s - mud bricks can look modern, functional and exciting. Mud is a great insulating product that is diverse and can be used in any modern design. Thick walls save on heating and cooling - making houses energy efficient and also cheap to build. 
 
Build:
  • A house
  • A Garden room or Shed
  • Garden walls

If you have thought of building a mud brick building, this course may be an excellent starting point. It's very practical, with some hands on work to get you started.

It will help you to begin experimenting and planning ongoing projects, whether they are a modest garden wall, or more complex buildings. Learn to test soil suitability for mud building, how to make a quality brick and how to test its strength. The course takes you step by step through the building process, showing how to plan a building, sorting through permits and other legalities, doing the site works and foundations, different construction techniques, laying bricks, frames and roofs, installing services, wall finishes and more.

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Environmentally Friendly Gardening, Growing Food and Landscaping

“This is a very intensive course that develops your ability to grow and market a range of crops. Grow your own organic crops or advise others. Many opportunities exist in this field as public interest is rapidly increasing. Organic growing is the path to the future.” 

 Adriana Fraser - Tutor. Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert 1V Assessment and Training, Adv.Dip.Hort., ACS Tutor.

 

An Outstanding and Extensive Foundation Course

  • Globally focused.
  • Regularly revised by experts from both Australia and the UK.
  • Learn to grow plants naturally.

Develop a solid understanding of the principles and procedures underlying the cultivation of plants by natural methods. Work with the environment and without the use of artificial fertilizers or sprays. 

 Photo - HDRA Organic Garden at Ryton in England


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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 5 lessons This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence

"Interested in permaculture? A good grounding in knowledge and practice of permaculture"

This course introduces the basic concepts of Permaculture, and develops a basis for permaculture design by explaining the patterns which occur in nature, such as weather systems, water cycles, topography, soil-plant interactions and forest ecology, and how a knowledge of these patterns can be used to reproduce balanced and productive garden growing systems.

 If you satisfactorily complete all of the following courses - Permaculture I, II, III and IV. You will be awarded a Permaculture Design Certificate, recognised by the Permaculture Institute.

We also offer a Permaculture Systems course and a Certificate in Horticulture (Permaculture),which lead to the the above certificate.

Comment from an ACS student: "Thank you for your support and help with this course. I have really enjoyed the assignments and I have learned a lot about the principles of permaculture." Ned, Vietnam - Permaculture course


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"Gain a more indepth knowledge of plant use in permaculture"

This course is a natural progression from Permaculture 1, but can taken separately in its own right. It concentrates on the plants in a permaculture system, how they relate to each other and to the surrounding environment; and selection and placement of different varieties within a permaculture design. This course deals with preparing plans for different types of permaculture gardens.

If you satisfactorily complete all of the following courses - Permaculture I, II, III and IV. You will be awarded a Permaculture Design Certificate, recognised by the Permaculture Institute.

We also offer a Permaculture Systems course and a Certificate in Horticulture (Permaculture),which lead to the the above certificate.


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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 6 lessons This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence

"Learn the relationship between animals and permaculture systems"

As with Permaculture II, this course is also a natural progression from the earlier Permaculture units, but can be taken separately in its own right. It concentrates on the animals in a permaculture system, how they relate to each other, how they relate to surrounding environments, and selection and management of different types of animals in a permaculture design. The course covers the role of insects, animal husbandry of poultry, bees, pigs, goats and cattle, aquaculture systems, and how to integrate animals into a garden.

If you satisfactorily complete all of the following courses - Permaculture I, II, III and IV. You will be awarded a Permaculture Design Certificate, recognised by the Permaculture Institute.

We also offer a Permaculture Systems course and a Certificate in Horticulture (Permaculture),which lead to the the above certificate.


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"Learn to design and manage a comprehensive permaculture system"

Learn to design and manage a comprehensive permaculture system. This course integrates all aspects of permaculture into the design and management of a comprehensive and balanced system. The course covers an overview of permaculture, energy efficient building alternatives, waste disposal systems, recycling, natural watering and sustainable energy alternatives, and designing for natural disasters. You will also undertake a full scale major design project using the knowledge obtained from the course and utilising the learned techniques.

If you satisfactorily complete all of the following courses - Permaculture I, II, III and IV. You will be awarded a Permaculture Design Certificate, recognised by the Permaculture Institute.

We also offer a Permaculture Systems course and a Certificate in Horticulture (Permaculture),which lead to the above certificate.


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Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Certificate Lessons icon 8 lessons This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning

Learn to Design a Permaculture Garden for yourself or others

Permaculture involves developing a property where the plants and animals and people are put together in such a way that they support each others growth and development.
A permaculture property may change over years, but always remains productive, requires little input once established, and is environmentally sound.

This is an "intensive" foundation course. If you are only going to do "one" permaculture course do this!

Learn about Permaculture all in one course! “In this intensive and practical course you develop the fundamentals required to implement permaculture principles, and to produce a design for a large or small property.” - Adriana Fraser Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert 1V Assessment and Training, Adv.Dip.Hort., ACS Tutor.

 


Member Permaculture Association (UK)
   Member Alternative Technology Association

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LEARN TO LIVE SELF SUFFICIENTLY

“This course covers the basics of self sufficiency - how to change your thinking to meet the demands of a self - sufficient lifestyle - from personal health through to providing your own basic daily needs. It shows you what is realistic and what is not. Self sufficiency is gaining renewed and wide interest as self-reliance and sustainability become the key to the future world.” - Adriana Fraser Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert 1V Assessment and Training, Adv.Dip.Hort., ACS Tutor.

Learn how to live self sufficiently in this modern age!

With this course, develop your understanding of self sufficiency. Learn about food and nutrition, and making the right decisions about changes in lifestyle; as well as showing you how to do a whole range of practical things such as mud brick building, making crafts, growing fruit, vegetables, herbs, and other crops; raising poultry, sheep & goats, extending the life of clothing, conserving energy, recycling, simple home medical care and first aid, and lots more.

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LEARN TO BE SELF SUFFICIENT WITH YOUR FOOD

self sufficiency picture.You learn about nutrition and how to balance your diet, as well as how to produce, process, store, and use different types of food. This includes berries, nuts, milk, cheese, eggs, bread making, preserves, AND dried food. Cooking, freezing, drying, bottling, making bread, planning a vegetable garden to give produce all year round, and lots more are covered during the ten lessons.

SHORTEN YOUR FOOD MILES!

 “A step on from Self-Sufficiency 1 this course will develop your cooking, bottling and productive gardening skills whilst at the same time emphasising health and nutrition. Understand the importance of good health in a self-sufficient lifestyle and how to provide your own food.” - Adriana Fraser Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert 1V Assessment and Training, Adv.Dip.Hort., ACS Tutor.


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