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“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.” - Adriana Fraser Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert 1V Assessment and Training, Adv.Dip.Hort., Learning Cloud Tutor.
This course was developed for people working or wishing to work in Horticulture with a particular emphasis on the design, development and management of productive natural garden systems. The course was developed in liaison with both the Permaculture Institute and the Queensland Rural Training Council. Half the course involves Permaculture systems, Advanced Permaculture, and one relevant elective eg: Organic plant culture. The other half provides a broad, general foundation in Horticultural practices.
The Certificate in Horticulture (Permaculture) involves two areas of work:
The core units develop fundamental general skills in horticultural practices and plant knowledge. The core units cover the following topics:
1. Introduction to Plants
2. Parts of the Plant
3. Plant Culture - Planting
4. Plant Culture – Pruning
5. Plant Culture – Irrigation and Machinery
6. Soils and Media
7. Soils and Nutrition
8. Seeds and Cuttings
9. Other Techniques
10. ID and Use of Plants – Landscape Application
11. ID and Use of Plants – Problems
12. ID and Use of Plants – Indoor/tropical plants
These involve 300 hours of study, and are made up of the following modules:
Plus one (1) of the following electives-
Fruit and nut production
Organic plant culture
OR some other approved module related to Permaculture.
AIMS OF THE STREAM STUDIES
Permaculture Systems -
Determine appropriate cultural techniques to use in a Permaculture system.
Explain the incorporation of different animals in a Permaculture system.
Determine appropriate plants for inclusion in a Permaculture system.
Select appropriate technologies for use in Permaculture systems.
Draw concept Permaculture plans to scale.
Evaluate appropriate design strategies for a specific development site.
Develop strategies for the management of water in a Permaculture design.
Determine earthworks for the development of a Permaculture system.
Design a Permaculture system for the humid tropics.
Design a Permaculture system for a dry climate.
Design a Permaculture system for a temperate to cold climate.
Determine planning strategies for the development of a Permaculture system.
Prepare cost estimates for a Permaculture development plan.
Explain alternative sustainable systems practiced in various places around the world.
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE
DURATION: 650 - 700 hours
Graduates may find employment in either general horticulture fields, offering a Permaculture perspective to the industry. Or areas servicing Permaculture or natural gradening systems Eg Natural garden design, plant nuseries, teaching, and consulting to inspire the use of Permaculture and nautral gardening systems.
Exams: You need to sit 2 exams for the core, and one for each of the stream modules (=5 in total). Exam fees are extra to the course fees.
Not sure where to go from here? Would you like to contact one of our horticulture/permaculture experts?
If you are an Irish citizen you may be eligible to receive financial support, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are a resident of Ireland, you may also be eligible to receive a student grant under the Student Grant SchemeStudent support
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