Self Sufficiency & Alternative Living Courses

Course Listings

Alternative Energy


Learn to become energy self sufficient and to understand different methods of generating, storing and using electricity, from hydro and solar to wind generators.

  • Save money through making homes more efficient and renewable energy
  • Learn about energy management
  • Learn about energy generation, storage and management
  • Become aware of domestic energy usage

Explore ways to better manage energy consumption, and how to convert a building’s energy supply to an alternative system.



Essential oils are the backbone of Aromatherapy. Their effectiveness is dependent on their safe and proper use, as well as on the quality of the oil used. Oils work in a much more subtle way than many commercially prepared products and in many situations are more suitable for preventative treatment rather than cure.

This course is aimed at the introductory level of education in Aromatherapy. It is suitable for those wishing to gain knowledge of using Aromatherapy in the home or for those working in a related discipline.


Aromatherapy Health Applications (Aromatherapy II)

Learn how aromatherapy can be used to improve health and well-being!

Essential oils have physiological and psychological effects due to the absorption of molecules into the blood stream via external application, or via inhalation. Learn how to utilise these effects in aromatherapy applications to improve your own or clients' health and well-being.





Healthy Buildings I (Building Construction & Health)

Your environment can heal you, or make you sick!

Learn about building materials, construction techniques, electrical wiring, temperature & light control, ventilation, plumbing, ergonomics and psychological factors; and how all of these things impact upon human health and wellbeing.

This course develops skills to determine the impact of building construction characteristics upon human health, and to recommend innovations in building design to improve habitability.

Healthy Buildings II (Building Environment & Health)

Discover how the environment in and around buildings can influence health 

Develop skills to evaluate, describe and explain how physical characteristics of a building and its surrounds have an impact upon human health.

Building biology deals with the environment in general and the climate of living. The climate of living can be determined by things such as: Installations and furnishings, noise and acoustics, lighting and colours, radiation, avoiding disturbed areas, radioactivity, space, form and proportion, physiology and psychology of living and working, city planning with biological, ecological, and sociological aspects.

Study this course to learn about all these things and others.


Organic Farming Practices

Learn How Organic Farms are Run.
Organic farms may grow either plants or animals (or both); and this course is relevant to both.
As with any type of farming; there are two aspects to being successful; one is being able to grow your produce properly, and the other is being able to manage the farm in a way that is efficient and profitable. This course sets out to give you a foundation for achieving both of these things.

Organic Plant Culture


Work with the environment and without the use of artificial fertilizers or sprays.

This outstanding and extensive, globally focused course develops a solid understanding of the principles and procedures underlying the cultivation of plants by natural methods.

Organic growing has increased in popularity over the past ten years due to the increasing awareness of safety in the garden and on the farm and the desire to produce food that is free from chemical inputs. For decades, farmers and growers have relied upon chemicals to control pests and diseases in order to produce crops for sale. As public concern grows, these issues are becoming increasingly important. However the organic grower or gardener should understand that not all organic practices always guarantee a healthy environment, over-cultivation for example can also lead to soil damage. Organic growing practices should aim to ensure quality of both the environment in which we live and of the produce we grow in our gardens and on our farms.

Qualification - Certificate In Alternative Farming


Agriculture has seen massive changes in most developed countries over recent decades due to changes in global economics, technology and environmental concerns. This course provides an foundation for dealing with those changes, whether on your own farm or to gain a broader understanding of new and alternative farming techniques.

Qualification - Certificate In Self Sufficiency


A unique qualification which may be undertaken with a view to preparing for a change in the way you live or perhaps in preparation for establishing a business or career providing services to the community in this discipline. 

The course comprises of two core self sufficiency modules and then a choice of four electives.

Accredition: International Accreditation & Recognition Council (IARC)

Qualification -Associate Diploma In Environmental Management

Become an Expert on the Environment

  • Manage Land Resources
  • Manage Waste, Pollutants, Environmental Problems 
  • Conduct Environmental Assessments
  • Teach, Write, Research 

Despite huge growth in environmental industries world wide, many graduates in environmental sciences still find a career eludes them. Often this is because their studies have not covered the subjects and skills which are in fact providing employment opportunities. This course differs from other environmental courses providing a unique opportunity to develop those "in demand" skills.

Self Sufficiency I


What is Self Sufficiency all about?

Modern society is complex. It relies on a massive network of interrelationships between individuals and groups. Each part of society supports other parts. To live in modern society you need to be in a niche contributing to the system; in return the system supports you.

This does have advantages:

  • It allows for efficiencies of scale i.e. when something is made in large quantities, it can be produced more efficiently: it allows for specialized development of skills (i.e. if a person is able to concentrate on one job they can become more proficient at that job).
  • It also buffers the effect of a mistake (i.e. if someone has an accident, the system supports the person until they recover ‑ through an insurance scheme or government welfare; the expense of the accident is shared by many).


Self Sufficiency II


This unique course takes you another step on your road to self sufficiency.  In this course you will learn to:

    Learn to be self sufficient with your food. You learn about nutrition and how to balance your diet, as well as how to produce, process, store, and use different types of food. This includes berries, nuts, milk, cheese, eggs, bread making, preserves, & dried food. Cooking, freezing, drying, bottling, making bread, planning a vegetable garden to give produce all year round, and lots more are covered during the ten lessons.