Permaculture and Self Sufficiency Courses

Advanced Permaculture Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Build on your Permaculture Understanding and Skills

For people with prior experience in permaculture; this course develops further skills.

Study Advanced Permaculture Online or by Elearning with ACS Distance EducationThis course follows on from Permaculture Systems or for those who have studied permaculture elsewhere; it is an excellent follow on from the "Permaculture Design Certificate".  Topics covered include

  • Analysing different systems;
  • Other sustainable systems (eg. Biodynamics, Organic farming, Integrated Pest Management, etc);
  • Determining appropriate planning strategies for a site;
  • Natural patterns (eg. seasons);
  • Borders - transition zones;
  • Sustainable water management;
  • Determining earthworks;
  • Designing for different climates;
  • Comprehensive planning including costing preperation.
Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Advanced Permaculture

Alternative Energy Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons

ONLINE STUDY ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF ELECTRICITY AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Learn about electricity, batteries, how to become energy self sufficient and to understand different methods of generating, storing and using electricity, from hydro and solar to wind generators.  Explore ways to better manage energy consumption, and how to convert a building’s energy supply to an alternative system.

 What is Alternative Energy?

Alternative energy is energy that is not popularly used and is usually environmentally sound. The energy is derived from non-traditional, renewable sources (e.g. Solar, wind) as opposed to fossil fuels that are not renewable . Renewable sources can be readily replaced or replenished, either by the earth's natural processes or by human action.

Energy for human activity is obtained from a variety of sources:

  • Fossil Fuels (i.e. Oil, Gas, and Coal).
  • Nuclear Fuels (i.e. Uranium, Plutonium).
  • Renewable Fuels - Geothermal, Solar, Water (Tides, Waves), Wind Power, and Bio-fuels (Firewood and fuel distilled from crops)

Learn more about energy and its uses in this facinating and informative course

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Alternative Energy

Aromatherapy Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

 ONLINE STUDY COURSE AROMATHERAPY

HEALING AND RELAXATION

A great course for anyone wishing to learn more about the safe use of aromatherapy essential oils for healing and relaxation. This course provides an introduction to the safe use of Aromatherapy oils. Essential oils are the backbone of Aromatherapy. Their effectiveness is dependent on their safe and proper use, as well as on the quality of the oil used. Oils work in a much more subtle way than many commercially prepared products and in many situations are more suitable for preventative treatment rather than cure.

Aromatherapy student comment:

"This course was very interesting, challenging and very worthwhile" N. Mills

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Aromatherapy

Carpentry Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

CARPENTRY COURSE DISTANCE LEARNING

This is a very solid introduction to carpentry techniques. It provides an understanding of most aspects of carpentry that are important for developing practical skills as a handyman, landscaper, property manager, farmer or other such
situations.

Learn about 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.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Carpentry

Healthy Buildings I (Building Construction & Health) Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

STUDY ONLINE HEALTHY BUILDINGS COURSE

DESIGN WITH HEALTHY BUILDINGS IN MIND

A building should provide a pleasant, efficient and healthy environment for its occupants. Its primary purpose should be to protect from adverse conditions found outside; but in doing so, not lose the beneficial conditions found outside. If a building is properly planned and built well, these aims can be achieved. Learn about building materials, construction techniques, electrical wiring, temperature & light control, ventilation, plumbing, ergonomics and psychological factors; and how all of these things impact upon human health and wellbeing.

This course helps to develop the skills needed to determine the impact of building construction characteristics upon human health, and to recommend innovations in building design to improve habitability.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Healthy Buildings I (Building Construction & Health)

Healthy Buildings II (Building Environment & Health) Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons

HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR HOME AND WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT?

How do the choices you make about building construction and maintenance, impact on your health?

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.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Healthy Buildings II (Building Environment & Health)

Horticulture I Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 13 lessons

HORTICULTURE STUDY ONLINE 

Start your horticulture studies with this practical course.

The ideal course for the beginner, this is a basic, yet thoroughly practical course which gives you a sound broad technical grounding in horticultural principles and practices. A section of each lesson involves plant identification. 

YOU WILL LEARN

  • To identify, propagate, and care for 80 different types of plants.
  • The systematic way plants are classified.
  • Structure and parts of a flower.
  • To identify different leaf shapes.
  • Different ways to control weeds.
  • Simple soil tests.
  • Making propagating and potting mixes.
  • Identifying pest and disease problems.
  • How and why to prune different plants.
  • Drawing a simple garden sketch plan. 
  • To plant or repair a lawn; and lots more.
Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Horticulture I

Mud Brick Construction Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

ONLINE COURSE MUD BRICK CONSTRUCTION

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF BUILDING YOUR OWN HOME?

If you've thought of building a mud brick building, this course can be an excellent starting point. Its very practical, with some hands on work to get you started; helping you begin experimenting and planning ongoing projects, whether they are a modest garden wall, or more complex buildings.

  • Save time by learning to do it right first time!
  • Imagine being able to build your own home
  • Learn to test soil suitability for mud building, how to make a quality brick & 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 & foundations, different construction techniques,laying bricks, frames & roofs, installing services, wall finishes and more.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Mud Brick Construction

Organic Plant Culture Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

ORGANIC PLANT CULTURE ONLINE STUDY

Work with the environment and without the use of artificial fertilizers or sprays.

This outstanding and extensive, globally-focused course develops a solid understanding of the principles and procedures underlying the cultivation of plants by natural methods. Organic growing has increased in popularity over the past ten years due to the increasing awareness of safety in the garden and on the farm and the desire to produce food that is free from chemical inputs. For decades, farmers and growers have relied upon chemicals to control pests and diseases in order to produce crops for sale. Unfortunately, it is only recently that we have become aware that many of those chemicals can sometimes cause health problems to humans, as well as long-term damage to the environment such as soil degradation, imbalances in pest-predator populations can also sometimes occur.

As public concerns grow, these issues are becoming increasingly important. However, the organic grower or gardener should understand that not all organic practices always guarantee a healthy environment. Over-cultivation ,for example,can also lead to soil damage. Organic growing practices should aim to ensure quality of both the environment in which we live and of the produce we grow in our gardens and on our farms.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Organic Plant Culture

Permaculture I (Permaculture Foundations) Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

Understand the concepts and ethics of permaculture with this introductory course to permaculture. 

 
ACS student comment:
"This course was a valuable learning experience.  My workplace is slowly changing to a 'greener' approach to managing every aspect of their parks, flowerbeds & trees.  I'm trying to learn and find new ways to go 'greener' in the landscape as are many other individuals working in municipalities in Ontario.  Your course provided me with a basic foundation to start and I'm looking forward to the rest of the Permaculture course.  Feedback was very specific and easy to follow." Bernice Radtke, Canada - Permaculture I course.
 
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.

With further study after this course, you can also obtain the Permaculture Design 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

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Permaculture I (Permaculture Foundations)

Permaculture II Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Study Plants in Permaculture

Gain a deeper understanding of the permaculture system, the environment and plants.

"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 systems. It's duration is approximately 100 hours. 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.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Permaculture II

Permaculture III Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons

PERMACULTURE ONLINE STUDYING

"Learn the relationship between animals and permaculture systems"

As with Permaculture II, this course is a natural progression from the earlier Permaculture units, but can also 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.

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.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Permaculture III

Permaculture IV Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

STUDY PERMACULTURE AT HOME

"Learn to design and manage a comprehensive permaculture system"

This course complements and follows on from Permaculture I, II and III   with a focus on design and management of a comprehensive permaculture system.

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.

 

 

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Permaculture IV

Permaculture Systems Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons

Design Permaculture Gardens
Design Sustainable Gardens
Gain a Permaculture Design Certificate with this 100 hour distance learning course.

Want to be a Permaculture Designeror Design Sustainable Gardens?

A permaculture system is a unique landscape where all the plants and animals live in balance in a self sustaining ecosystem. Permaculture has an ethical approach to designing land use and community systems, to provide food, ecological habitats and other essentials needed for human survival. Learning to develop plans for permaculture systems (ie. a unique landscape where plants and animals live in a balanced and self sustaining ecosystem) is a crucial part of the permaculture process.

The term 'permaculture' comes from the words 'PERMAnent' and 'agriCULTURE', and implies the permanence of culture. The term was first devised in 1978 by Bill Mollison (an Australian ecologist) and his student David Holmgren.


It embraces three main ethical principles as follows:
  • "Care of the Earth" - this includes all living things and non living things which together comprise the environment (ie. animals, plants, land, water and air).
  • "Care of People" - permaculture systems should be developed to promote self reliance and community responsibility.
  • “Fair Share” - set limits to consumption and reproduction, and redistribute surplus - pass on anything surplus to an individual's needs (eg. labour, information or money) in an attempt to pursue the above aims.

 

“Implicit in the above is the 'Life Ethic': all living organisms are not only means, but ends. In addition to their instrumental value to humans and other living organisms, they have an intrinsic worth."

As such Permaculture stresses a positive approach and an attitude of cooperation, with respect to the environment and all living things.

ACS is a member of the Permaculture Association (UK), the Permaculture Institute (Australia) and the Alternative Technology Association (Australia)

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Permaculture Systems

Qualification - Certificate In Horticulture (Permaculture) Duration icon 600 hours Qualification icon Certificate Modules icon 3 modules

PERMACULTURE CERTIFICATE ONLINE STUDY

GAIN A PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE & A HORTICULTURE QUALIFICATION

ACS Student comment: "So far I have found the course very thorough and extremely informative.  I enjoy the assignment questions and reading the course material.  Having glanced ahead at the future lessons I can easily see I am going to cover all the important aspects of Horticulture before starting the Permacutlure half of my course." Dale Rider, USA, Certificate in Horticulture (Permaculture) 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.”

This course provides training for people working or wishing to work in horticulture with a particular emphasis on the design, development and management of productive natural garden systems. Graduates may find employment in either general horticulture, or in areas servicing permaculture or natural gardening (eg. Garden/system design, plant nurseries, teaching, consulting, etc). Half of the course is identical to the Permaculture courses outlined previously, and the other half provides a broad, general foundation in horticultural practices.

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

Accreditation:  International Accreditation & Recognition Council

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Qualification - Certificate In Horticulture (Permaculture)

Qualification - Certificate in Permaculture Consulting Duration icon 600 hours Qualification icon Certificate Modules icon 6 modules

PERMACULTURE CONSULTING ONLINE STUDY

 

PREACH WHAT YOU PRACTICE, BECOME A PERMACULTURE TEACHER AND CONSULTANT

If you are passionate about the changes that permaculture can bring for the future and want to spread the word by teaching, training and consulting, this is the course to your dreams.  Learn about permaculture, how to operate as a consultant, with a large variety of electives such as organic agriculture and farming; sustainable agriculture, alternative energy; nut and fruit production and more. 

Permaculture is a growing movement worldwide that revolutionises the way we manage the environment around us to maximise the use of energy to increase food production and environmental health.  Permaculture courses are in demand as are skilled consultants.  This is a great course for those already practicing permaculture and wanting to take the next step and those just wanting to start out and learn more.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Qualification - Certificate in Permaculture Consulting

Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Permaculture Duration icon 1000 hours Qualification icon Foundation Diploma Modules icon 10 modules

A distance learning course in Permaculture. Become a permaculture expert and learn more about permaculture, self-suffiency and organic farming.  You can also choose to learn more about alternative energy, aquaponics or aquaculture.  Upon successful completion of the Permaculture Systems module, you will receive the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC).
Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Qualification - Foundation Diploma in Permaculture

QUALIFICATION - PROFICIENCY AWARD IN PERMACULTURE Duration icon 500 hours Qualification icon Proficiency Award Modules icon 5 modules

Convert Your Property for Sustainable Living off the grid!

Understand more about permaculture by studying theory and also undertaking a practical project or work experience. Study three 100 hour modules, consisting of two core modules - Permaculture Systems and Advanced Permaculture. Then choose one elective module and undertake work based research or practice.

Obtain a Permaculture Design Certiifcate

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: QUALIFICATION - PROFICIENCY AWARD IN PERMACULTURE

QUALIFICATION - PROFICIENCY AWARD IN SELF-SUFFICIENCY Duration icon 500 hours Qualification icon Proficiency Award Modules icon 5 modules

Self-sufficiency is the idea of sustainable living, where the person consumes only that which they produce. Examples of self-sufficiency can include simple living, smallholding, the back to the land movement, “off the grid” living and so on. It is also linked to permaculture, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and so on. This 500 hour course enables you to develop your skills in self-sufficiency. Learn to live a self-sufficient and sustainable life. 

This 500 hour course is studied by distance learning and consists of three 100 hour modules and a 200 hour industry project/work experience.

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Qualification - Proficiency Award in Self-Sufficiency and Berry Production Duration icon 500 hours Qualification icon Proficiency Award Modules icon 3 modules

Would you like to be more self-suffient? Would you like to live the good life? This course enables you to study by distance learning and learn more about self-sufficiency and berry production.  Suitable for anyone wanting to live a simpler and more self-sufficient life. The course requires around 500 hours of study. There are three 100 hour courses made up of Self-Sufficiency I, II and Berry Production. Then complete a 200 hour project looking more at a topic of interest to you.
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Qualification - Proficiency Award in Self-Sufficiency and Viticulture Duration icon 500 hours Qualification icon Proficiency Award Modules icon 3 modules

More and more people want to become more self-sufficient today. Living a simpler and calmer life can be rewarding physically and mentally. With this 500 hour course, you can learn more about the joys of self-sufficiency and viticulture. Produce your own crops and wine.  Study by distance learning and work through the course supported by our excellent tutors. Study three 100 hour modules in Self Sufficiency I and II, and Viticulture. Then complete a 200 hour project on a topic of interest to you.

A great course to study, whether you want to be entirely self-sufficient or want to include some aspects of self-sufficiency in your life.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Qualification - Proficiency Award in Self-Sufficiency and Viticulture

Qualification -Associate Diploma In Environmental Management Duration icon 1500 hours Qualification icon Associate Diploma

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ONLINE TRAINING COURSE

Despite huge growth in environmental industries world wide, many graduates in environmental sciences still find a career eludes them. Often this is because their studies have not covered the subjects and skills which are in fact providing employment opportunities. This course differs from other environmental courses providing a unique opportunity to develop those "in demand" skills.
Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Qualification -Associate Diploma In Environmental Management

Qualification -Certificate In Alternative Farming Duration icon 600 hours Qualification icon Certificate Modules icon 6 modules

ALTERNATIVE FARMING  - HOME STUDY ONLINE COURSE

START LOW IMPACT, ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTION NOW

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 an foundation for dealing with those changes, whether on your  own farm, or in a broader sense.

This course has two main core modules: sustainable agriculture and organic farming, the remaining four modules can be selected from a further 16 modules making this course highly customisable.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Qualification -Certificate In Alternative Farming

Qualification -Certificate In Self Sufficiency Duration icon 600 hours Qualification icon Certificate Modules icon 6 modules

ONLINE CERTIFICATE COURSE IN SUSTAINABLE LIVING

BECOME SELF SUFFICIENT NOW WITH THIS PRACTICAL COURSE

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
  • alternative energy.

Accreditation:  International Accreditation & Recognition Council (I.A.R.C)

“This is a certificate level course that provides the skills to earn extra income as a consultant in this field. Be self-sufficient and earn money too.” - Adriana Fraser Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert 1V Assessment and Training, Adv.Dip.Hort., ACS Tutor.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Qualification -Certificate In Self Sufficiency

Self Sufficiency I Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

HOME STUDY - SELF SUFFICIENCY COURSE - ONLINE

Learn how to live self sufficiently in this modern age!

Develop your ability to be self sufficient. 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, c
  • onserving energy,
  • recycling,
  • simple home medical care and first aid, and lots more.
Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Self Sufficiency I

Self Sufficiency II Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

ONLINE HOME STUDY COURSE - SELF SUFFICIENCY - BREADS, CHEESE, PRESERVES & MORE

LEARN TRADITIONAL FOOD PRODUCTION & PROCESSING - SELF SUFFICIENT

This unique course takes you another step on your road to self sufficiency. In this course you will learn to:

  • Make your own cheese
  • Learn to grow, harvest, preserve and store food
  • Learn production of milk and eggs
  • Home study, self paced course
  • Save your self time and money

Learn to be self sufficient with your food. 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, & 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.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Self Sufficiency II