Certificate III in Permaculture - AHC33816


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification relates to those individuals who work either independently or in teams to establish and maintain permaculture systems for private clients, organisations or community entities. They perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, elements in a design or contingency measures.The qualification is suited to learners who wish to work at the skilled tradesman level within permaculture projects and enterprises, and may involve supervision of others and working with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • 15 units: 5 core
  • 10 elective


  • Manage plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system
  • Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols
  • Kill and dress small livestock for domestic consumption
  • Establish a rural permaculture system
  • Read and interpret property maps and plans
  • Maintain integrated plant and animal systems
  • Conduct site inspections
  • Build with earth, straw and reclaimed materials
  • Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices
  • Monitor weather conditions
  • Slaughter livestock
  • Demonstrate permaculture practices to small groups of learners
  • Work with an Aboriginal Community or organisation
  • Implement erosion and sediment control measures
  • Establish an urban permaculture system
  • Implement property improvement, construction and repair
  • Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development program
  • Plan propagation activities for a permaculture system
  • Provide work skill instruction
  • Plan organic garden and orchard systems
  • Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems
  • Operate within a permaculture aid and development program
  • Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems
  • Install and maintain permaculture water systems
  • Install structures for permaculture systems
  • Use weedy plants in a permaculture system
  • Maintain natural areas
  • Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system
  • Implement crop maintenance and harvesting programs for permaculture systems
  • Coordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products
  • Coordinate community projects
  • Carry out animal care, maintenance and treatment programs in a permaculture system

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
National Environmental Centre Domestic: $8,130
  • Part-time : 18 months

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