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Certificate IV in Permaculture

National Course Code: AHC42116


The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Permaculture prepares you for a career as a project supervisor, designer or horticulturalist in permaculture worksites. Use your passion for the environment, self-sustainability and the principles of caring for the earth to create stunning, future-proofed spaces for generations to come.

This is a fully government subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices
  • Plan and implement permaculture works
  • Use technology for permaculture systems
  • Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics

Grow your knowledge with electives:

  • Design permaculture harvesting and storage systems
  • Establish rural or urban permaculture systems
  • Strategise for sustainable community and bioregional development
  • Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development program


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • Good organisation and planning skills
  • Problem solving ability
  • Self-motivation
  • Collaborative work ethic


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate IV level
  • Strong pathways to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Horticulturist


Cultivate your career with the:

  • Diploma of Permaculture
  • Diploma of Organic Farming
  • Diploma of Agriculture


The Agriculture and Horticulture industry is diverse and employs around 350,000 people. Evolving technology is changing the way production works in Australia, with soiless-farming and drones increasingly being deployed in large-scale operations. Take the leap with a TAFE NSW permaculture qualification, and become a modern professional in your field.


This course is currently available at 1 campus location across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • Good organisation and planning skills
  • Problem solving ability
  • Self-motivation
  • The ability to work collaboratively

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Written and planning reports
  • Develop a permaculture plan
  • Skills observations

The Certificate III in Permaculture is an entry-level qualification that provides you with your foundational skills and knowledge. This course suits those wanting to work as a skilled tradesperson in permaculture projects and enterprises.

This course, the Certificate IV is designed for people who would like to work in supervisory roles for private clients and organisations in urban and rural worksites. Youll gain further in-depth knowledge and build on the skills gained in the Certificate III.

Become a leader in the field when you study the Diploma of Permaculture. Once you have completed this qualification, you will be ready to work at a strategic level using a systematic approach to permaculture projects in community programs and enterprises.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Planning and implementing permaculture works
  • Using technology for permaculture systems
  • Analysing bioregional resources

In this course you will work on real-world projects, in simulated TAFE NSW environments, such as:

  • Designing and implementing permaculture practices

You will study the Certificate IV in Permaculture in our specialist training centre - the TAFE NSW National Environment Centre, an organically certified working farm.

You will also have access to industry specific computer rooms, studios, study and presentation areas, as well as the general student facilities available at most TAFE NSW campuses.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

The Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management industry is diverse, with an industry revenue of over $144 billion in 2017 and employing almost 350,000 people nationally.

Changing consumer preferences are driving global demand for sustainability, convenient and quality produce.

High-tech agricultural production is changing the skill needs required for horticulture production industry with vertical farming, soiless-farming (using aeroponic or hydroponic systems) and drones increasingly being deployed in large-scale operations.

Technological innovations are providing solutions for the industry in responding to changing climate and the reduction in land and water resources. This includes the use of robots and automation, machine learning and big data which enables the collection and analysis of information in controlled environment.

The industry is increasingly using technologically advanced systems such as drone technology to automate tasks such as seed planting.

Permaculture is a course of the future because it is designed to help the future. With the main tenets of diversity, community and sustainability permaculture balances the needs of the economic with the needs of the environment.

Sustainability has been in fashion for some time, but permaculture recognises the need for balance and for the community to be a part of the solution. It is a revolutionary way to use the earths resources without depleting them entirely.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Blended, Full Time
  • Fully government-subsidised
  • JobTrainer

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