What will I learn?


This course will provide skills training in permaculture for those who will be supervising permaculture works on rural and urban properties, who are working as project officers on community permaculture projects, and those seeking to become permaculture designers and/or advisors.

Course Structure

To receive the Certificate IV in Permaculture students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

Core Units

  • Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices
  • Plan and implement permaculture works
  • Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system
  • Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources
  • Evaluate suitability of species as solutions for permaculture applications

Additional Units

  • Design a rural permaculture system
  • Design an urban permaculture system
  • Design a rural permaculture system
  • Design an urban permaculture system
  • Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture products
  • Implement and monitor animal health and welfare programs for a permaculture system
  • Manage a permaculture seed bank
  • Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development
  • Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development program
  • Operate within a permaculture aid and development program
  • Establish a rural permaculture system
  • Establish an urban permaculture system
  • Cost a project
  • Operate within a budget framework
  • Develop community networks
  • Manage organic livestock production
  • Manage organic soil improvement
  • Arrange selling through community based selling
  • Set out conservation earthworks
  • Develop a soil use map for a property
  • Provide work skill instruction


When you finish this course you can apply to do the Diploma of Permaculture (AHC52116)

Career opportunities

Employment as a supervisor/project coordinator in permaculture, agriculture, horticulture or land management industries.



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$15,100.00 (US$ 10,443) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 February 2020


Riverina Institute - National Environmental Centre

Ettamogah Road,


New South Wales,

2640, COUNTRY NSW, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Australian Year 10 or Year 12 (or equivalent)

Academic IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 46 or English Language Programs (Beginner to Advanced) at TAFE NSW or equivalent

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About this uni

TAFE NSW is the largest vocational education and training provider in Australia, grooming its students to be job-ready through hands-on learning.

  • Students can study at 50+ locations in New South Wales
  • Home to over 5,000 international students each year
  • Study options include certificates, diplomas and degrees
  • Offers industry-aligned programs in small classes