Self Sufficiency Courses

Permaculture is a practical and philosophical framework to approaching long-term agricultural self-sufficiency which dovetails beautifully with self-sufficiency.  Upon satisfactory completion of the course and exam, students are awarded both a Careerline courses Certificate in Permaculture and an additional Permaculture Design Certificate.

Other courses which complement the online self-sufficiency courses are aquaculture, aquaponics and poultry. Depending on your needs and location, you will find many more options in Careerline courses Agriculture and Horticulture sections.

All of our courses are offered online with printed notes available, with unlimited tutor support by email from our qualified, friendly tutors. Find out more or receive your free info pack by emailing us at or call us on 1300 172 882.




i love my chickens, so it was a valuable lesson in finding out more about how there body actually works..

S. Tointon

Poultry (Chicken) Graduate

Yes. Because it helped me understand all the basic principles of organic gardening and some concepts like role of earthworms,…

“Baltej Singh” is locked Baltej Singh

Organic Plant Culture Graduate


Course Aims: Evaluate appropriate design strategies for a specific development site. Explain the relationship between a Permaculture system and natural patterns occurring in your local area. 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 […]


Learn to become less reliant on the electricity and gas companies and save money through alternative energy sources. Alternative Energy covers the basics of electricity, how to generate electricity from renewable resources, how to store energy, non-electrical systems, energy consumption and conservation. With the International Government initiatives regarding the pricing of carbon pollution emissions set […]


Learn about identifying, growing and using Australian Indigenous Plants for Food. There are many Australian plants that are edible, and even some that are in very high demand as foods throughout the world.  This course focuses on the cultivation of Australian bush foods and is suitable for anyone wanting to grow these plants commercially or […]


Carpentry online provides students with the foundation needed for a career in the building. Remodeling jobs are plentiful, a lot of people today choose to modify their homes instead of selling them and purchase new homes. Regulatory considerations, safety measures, designing and the development of basic and advanced concepts are all parts of the course. […]


Develops skills to determine the impact of building construction characteristics upon human health, and to recommend innovations in building design to improve habitability. It covers building materials, construction techniques, electrical wiring, temperature & light control, ventilation, plumbing, ergonomics and psychological factors. Course Aims: Explain the concept of healthy buildings including its relevance to human health. […]


This course examines environmental aspect to buildings and human health.  Develops skills to evaluate, describe and explain how physical features of a building and its surrounds have an effect upon human health. Course Aims: Explain the impact of the macro-environment (location) on health. Explain the impact of building surrounds, including a garden, on the interior […]


Learn to build your own Earthen Home Save time by learning to do it right first time! Imagine being able to build your own home Learn to test soil suitability for mud building, how to make a quality brick & how to test its strength. The course takes you step by step through the building […]


Learn to identify and grow a wide range of edible nuts Learn from professional university trained horticulturists with decades of industry experience Build networks within industry and discover opportunities for commercial production or self sufficiency With increased pressure on food supply & the environment, opportunities for food production experts are set to expand in the future -Now is […]


What is Organic Farming?  Organic farming is an agricultural method that reduces or elimiates reliance on the use of chemicals.  Specifically it relies on techniques such as crop rotations, composting, soil improvement, green manuring and pest control strategies. Organic produce is increasing in popularity due to concerns of chemical residues on food for consumption and […]


If you dream of starting your own organic farm this course can help you get there. Gain skills in organic farming and pick from a range of electives to focus in on your area of interest. Core units: Organic Farming Organic Plant Culture Electives pick two from: Permaculture Systems Nuts (Warm Climate) Nuts (Temperate Climate) […]

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What is Self Sufficency?

Self-sufficiency is the art of surviving with minimal outside aid and involves a lot more than just growing your own vegetables. Our self-sufficiency courses cover all aspects including lifestyle choices and utilising the resources you have available, animal husbandry, horticulture – including fruit, vegetables and herbs, food production, building and alternative energy options.

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