Certificate in Permaculture Consulting

Course CodeVHT037
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours

Work as a Consultant in

  • Permaculture
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Management


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate in Permaculture Consulting.
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 10 modules.

Note that each module in the Certificate in Permaculture Consulting is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Learn to Create Landscapes in Harmony with the Needs of Both Man and Nature

Permaculture is part of a global awareness of how the human condition is interwoven into our environment. The broader global community of engineers, architects, planners and land managers are today, more than ever; aware of how important it is to develop biophilic landscapes.

A permaculture landscape can be small or large, rural or urban; but it will always be contrived to balance the needs of people with the needs of nature. In doing so it should provide wide ranging benefits to those who inhabit that landscape.

Environmental Benefits

  • Better water management
  • Reduction in the urban heat island affect
  • Climate change abatement
  • Biodiversity
  • Reduction in air pollution
  • Reduction in wasted energy
  • Carbon reduction
  • Noise attenuation

Economic Benefits

  • Food production improves food security
  • Other harvestable produce (eg. wood, fibre, etc)
  • Property values may improve
  • Extended building life
  • Buildings can be future proofed
  • Increased liveability -enabling higher density with decreased footprint
  • Decreased water management costs
  • Decreased energy costs
  • Healthier environments maje healthier people
  • Increased productivity and cognition Increased health and healing rates

 Social Benefits

  •  Contributes to sustainability, resilience, and environmental concerns
  •  Enhancing densification, walkability and revitalisation in cities
  •  Stress reduction and stress recovery
  •  Increased well being
  •  Increased community engagement
  •  Decreased violence and crime
  •  Increased productivity and cognition
  •  Increased healing rates
  •  Increased retail sales
  •  Aesthetic response
  •  Increased food security

 Social Benefits

 A well designed permaculture landscape contributes to social coherence, stability and resilience

  • It can enhance densification, walkability and revitalisation in cities
  • People have reduced stress and better stress recovery
  • Increased well being
  • Increased community engagement
  • Decreased violence and crime
  • Increased productivity and cognition
  • Increased healing rates
  • Increased retail sales
  • Aesthetic response
  • Increased food security


This course provides you with a knowledge beyond just that of a permaculture designer; and builds an awareness of possibilities for developing future opportunities.

It is particularly relevant to anyone wanting to be the best they can be as a permaculture consultant. It sets you on a path toward that goal.

Meet some of our academics

Bob James Bob has over 50 years of experience in horticulture across both production sectors (Crops and nursery) and amenity sectors of the industry. He holds a Diploma in Agriculture and Degree in Horticulture from the University of Queensland; as well as a Masters Degree in Environmental Science. He has worked a Grounds Manager at a major university; and a manager in a municipal parks department. Over recent years he has been helping younger horticulturists as a writer, teacher and consultant; and in that capacity, brings a diverse and unique set of experiences to benefit our students.
Diana Cole Dip. Horticulture, BTEC Dip. Garden Design, Permaculture Design Certificate, B.A. (Hons)-Geography, Diploma Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development Diana has been an enthusiastic volunteer with community garden and land conservation projects since the 1980's. She has worked full time in horticulture since 2001, as a nursery manager, landscape and garden consultant, and a horticultural teacher (both with ACS and in the classroom with a local college where she lives in England).
Marie BeermanMarie has over 10 years in horticulture and education in both Australia and Germany. Marie has been a co author of several ebooks in recent years, including "Roses" and "Climbing Plants". Marie's qualifications include B. Sc., M.Hort. Dip. Bus. Cert. Ldscp. PDC
Timothy Walker B.A.Botanist, Horticulturist and Gardener. Author and lecturer at Somerville College, Oxford. After training at a number of gardens including Windsor Great Park, and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew commenced work at Oxford Botanic Gardens in 1986. Appointed as Horti Praefectus (ie. superintendent/director) there in 1988, and held that position till 2014. Under Timothy's watch the garden won four gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show; and created 67 acres of MG5 wild flower meadow at the Harcourt Arboretum

Check out our eBooks

Bees, Beekeeping and HoneyLearn all about bees, from different types to their biology, how to keep bees, managing a hive, harvesting honey, landscaping for bees, and everything through to using honey and honey recipes.
NutsHow to grow and use both common and uncommon nuts -an ebook by tutors and staff of ACS
PoultryPoultry are entertaining as pets and life sustaining as a commercial product! Whether you are seeking a book as a beginner poultry keeper or if you are embarking on a new career in poultry production or management, this book is for you. Easy to read, easy to understand and packed with easy to implement practical advice. Know how to care for the health and wellbeing of poultry and make production a commercially viable enterprise.



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