Frequently Asked Questions

Payment Plans

We offer payment plans with the course to help ease the strain on the purse strings.  These are a combination of six and twelve monthly options.  Please note that when you undertake a payment plan you can cancel at anytime as long as you email Mel directly explaining why.  However, you will not be refunded any monies you have paid.  You monthly payments will stop immediately and so will your access to the course.

Homeschooling Discount

We offer a concession discount at 50% off the full price with payment plan options to make it even easier for home schooling families.  You must be a member of a HEA to qualify for this and to be eligible for the discount code.  For more information please email Mel at

Concession Discounts

We offer a concession discount at 50% off the full price with payment plan options to make it even easier.  To qualify for the discount, you need to submit an email to with a copy of your pensioner concession card, and relevant contact information so we can get in touch with you and set you up manually.

What if I have other questions?

If you have any further questions about the course, then please shoot through an email directly to Mel and I will respond asap.

What if I am not computer savvy?

If you are on a digital device reading this website, then you are computer savvy enough to take our course.  It is easy to access and that means it is a simple as clicking a couple of links.

Do I have to know anything about sustainability?

While the course gives you the confidence and the how-how to make some remarkable changes around sustainability, you can start at the module you are most interested in, go at your own pace slowly and thoroughly, plus if you need support we’ve got your back.

What if I am stressing about keeping up?

Remember, it is not about keeping up with the Joneses, it’s about applying and enjoying the learning at your own pace.  If things do start to feel a bit tricky for you, please reach out and get in touch, I am here to help you every step of the way.

I don’t think I can afford it!

The way the course is delivered means your education can be provided at a fraction of the cost, saving you thousands of dollars.  Each module would normally start at $249, if you were to study them individually, but we have reduced the cost down to $35.50 per module, and passing those savings on to you.

What happens if I don’t have the time?

That is the beauty of this course, you only need a few hours each week to complete it over our suggested 18-month timeframe.  Remember not to stress because you have lifetime access so you can definitely go at your own pace.

How is each lesson presented?

We don’t do things by halves! Each module has a series of lessons and each lesson has a presentation video with audio, plus practical videos wherever possible. Students can download a workbook for each module and at the end of the module you’ll be required to complete the assessment task online. While we like to have a good time, we also push you to get great results; you will need to get at least an 85% pass to receive a competent mark”.

The video assessment is optional. However, if you would like the certificate at the end of the course, you are required to submit a video assessment incorporating all of the modules you have learnt. This means that you have full freedom to choose what you would like to learn.

What do I get when I successfully complete my course?

Yo, superstar! After passing all required assessment tasks (you’ve so got this) and successful completion of The Sustainable Living Certificate Course you will receive a bright and shiny Certificate of Achievement plus a full bragging-rights Record of Achievement.

I’m in! How long is the course?

We want you to have the best learning experience. We therefore recommend you commit to at least 12 months, averaging 3-4 hours each week – for the best possible outcomes in your sustainable backyard journey. However, the beauty of this course is you can go at your own pace, so you don’t have to feel pressured.

What will I learn?

There are 19+ modules, and more to come. The Sustainable Living Course Certificate currently includes:

  1. Keeping Chickens
  2. Composting
  3. Worm Farming
  4. No Dig Gardens
  5. Native Bee Keeping
  6. Sustainable fertilisers
  7. Good bugs, bad bugs
  8. Recycled Kitchen Garden
  9. Sustainable Eating
  10. Seed Saving
  11. Wicking Bed
  12. Water Wise
  13. Aquaponics
  14. Honey Bee Keeping
  15. Native Wildlife
  16. Medicinal Garden
  17. Small Space Gardening
  18. Garden Design
  19. Permaculture
  20. Preserving and Pickling
  21. Growing Food From Food Scraps
  22. Chemical Free Living
  23. The Conscious Closet
  24. Natural Beekeeping
  25. Mushroom Growing

Is the course accredited or recognized?

Under ASQA (The Australian Skills Quality Authority) the Sustainable Living industry is not currently regulated. As such, there is no requirement to have the course accredited at this stage. However, this doesn’t mean accreditation won’t happen in the future. With this in mind, the course has been created to facilitate modules that can be easily adapted to Cert IV accreditation should it be required and all students of the course can apply or RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) and obtain their Cert IV in Sustainable Living Practices. Once you have completed the course you might successfully obtain work in the industry such as through local councils, pre-schools, schools and nurseries or even start your own consultancy business.

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