Training Courses

You may find short courses or other dates of interest on our diary listing.

8-10 and 15-17 May 2018 (repeat expected 2019)
Permaculture for Sustainable Living, Part 1. 6 sessions, Tues/Wed/Thurs, £139.50, Liverpool . “This course will give you a full overview of permaculture, an opportunity to gain skills and time to practice them using real-life design challenges.” Details and enrolment on WEA website.

5-7 and 12-14 June 2018 (repeat expected 2019)
Permaculture for Sustainable Living, Part 2. 6 sessions, Tues/Wed/Thurs, £139.50, Liverpool. “This course will give you a full overview of permaculture, an opportunity to gain skills and time to practice them using real-life design challenges.” Details and enrolment on WEA website. 

Intern / Volunteer on Aquaponics Smallholding: lots of learn while setting up the polytunnel and hydroponic beds, then start running it, then some building conversion and help on a smallholding. In Kingsley, Cheshire. Full ad (this same background) on http://cheshirepermies.btck.co.uk/Coursesupcoming.

More Permaculture Design Courses from the past, to check for updates:

Bury: Sat 25th Nov 2017, one day a month for 12 months. http://northernschool.info/bury
Hoylake, Wirral: from Sat 2nd Dec 2017, one weekend a month until May (12 days). http://www.northernschool.info/hoylake

Hands-on monthly permaculture training group in south Warrington. To start early 2018, £10 per month, Saturdays or Sundays at Grappenhall Walled Garden. See Patch of the Planet website.

RSPB courses:
Download Land Management Programme from https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/conservation-and-sustainability/advice/training-courses/ 

An Introduction to GIS and QGIS for Beginners, thinkWhere, Manchester: 12+13 Nov, 11-12 Feb 2019. Also in Stirling and Edinburgh. 2 day course, £500 ex VAT. See EnvironmentJob website.

Sun 2nd Dec or Sun 27th Jan
Orchard Pruning Workshop: learn the theory then get some hands-on practice. 10am – 1pm, Norton Priory Museum and Gardens in Runcorn, £25, tools provided for the session. Booking on Norton Priory website, enquiries to Katie Lowe, of Heathfield Orchards, 01244 335059, 07870 140520.

Great Crested Newts, Licensing and Mitigation, Field Studies Council, Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, Shropshire  Tuesday 4th December - Thursday 6th December 2018 £415 with accommodation in a shared room. See EnvironmentJob website. *Late Addition*


Environmental Politics and Economics
, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys. 10-15 Dec, £420/£370. See EnvironmentJob website.

Wildlife Survey and Interpretation Skills Course, Ambios Ltd, Various locations across Europe. Part funded by ERASMUS, so £950 for 1 week in UK, 2 weeks in Hungary, Portugal or Italy, then 24hour feedback in UK. Apply by 14th Dec. See EnvironmentJob website.

Food Production and Consumption, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys. 7-12 Jan 2019, £700/£625. Trends in food production, diet and health, and the interplay of climate change, economics, legislation, labour issues, poverty, technology and consumer behaviour on the production and consumption of food. See EnvironmentJob website.

Low Energy Buildings (Part B), Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys. 14-19 Jan 2019, £700/£625. The principles and consequences of energy and mass flows in buildings in terms of the building’s orientation and the local climatic conditions. See EnvironmentJob website.

Sun 2nd Dec or Sun 27th Jan
Orchard Pruning Workshop: learn the theory then get some hands-on practice. 10am – 1pm, Norton Priory Museum and Gardens in Runcorn, £25, tools provided for the session. Booking on Norton Priory website, enquiries to Katie Lowe, of Heathfield Orchards, 01244 335059, 07870 140520.

Sun 24th Feb
Grafting Workshop: learn the theory then get some hands-on practice. 10am – 1pm, Norton Priory Museum and Gardens in Runcorn, £25, tools provided for the session, come away with 2 apple trees you’ve grafted. Booking on Norton Priory website, enquiries to Katie Lowe, of Heathfield Orchards, 01244 335059, 07870 140520.

Tools for Delivering Sustainable Solutions to Environmental Problems Certificate of Credit, University of Derby Online Learning, Online, from 28th Jan 2019. £830. This Level 7 Certificate of Credit is a 20 credit module, designed to provide you with an adept understanding of the sources and nature of environmental problems. See EnvironmentJob website.

Basic Tree Survey & Inspection, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Leatherhead, Surrey. Suited to those running Forest School activities, Rangers, landowners, farmers and volunteers working with or around trees. £132, 29th Jan. See EnvironmentJob website.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - Guide and Application, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Leatherhead, Surrey. 12th Feb, £47. See EnvironmentJob website.

REC Outdoor First Aid (L2), Surrey Wildlife Trust, Leatherhead, Surrey. £172, 14+15 Feb or 11+12 April. See EnvironmentJob website.

Data Analysis in Ecology: Statistics for Ecologists & Field Biologists, Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, Online. Part time from 20th Feb 2019. From £385. See EnvironmentJob website.

Understanding the Ecological Constraints of your Project, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Leatherhead, Surrey. 27th Feb, £47. See EnvironmentJob website.

Sustainable Beekeeping Course, Bees for Development, Lydbrook, Forest of Dean. Weekend Courses on sustainable beekeeping are run by Bees for Development at Ragman's Lane Permaculture Farm, in the Wye Valley. They cover the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them. Suitable for those with or without previous knowledge of beekeeping. 6-7 April 2019, £195. See EnvironmentJob website.

Identifying Birds by Sight and Sound, Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Kingcombe Centre, Dorchester. 30 April - 1 May 2019, £520 residential. See EnvironmentJob website.

Sustainable Business Management Certificate of Credit, University of Derby Online Learning, Online, 28th May 2019. £830. See EnvironmentJob website.

Early Summer Butterflies and Moths, Dorset Wildlife Trust,  The Kingcombe Centre, Dorchester, 1 - 5 June 2019, £520 residential. See EnvironmentJob website.

Wild Flowers, Orchids and Grasses Identification Workshop, Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Kingcombe Centre, Dorchester 25 - 27 June 2019, £303 for residential. See EnvironmentJob website.

Improving Meadows and Grasslands, Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Kingcombe Centre, Dorchester  28 June 2019. £68. See EnvironmentJob website.

Dorset's Butterflies and Moths, Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Kingcombe Centre, Dorchester, 8 - 12 July 2019, £520 for residential. See EnvironmentJob website.

Grazing Animals for Habitat Management, Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Kingcombe Centre, Dorchester  17 - 18 September 2019. £230 for residential. See EnvironmentJob website.



Saltscape Courses

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Introduction to Engineering for Women. This course offers women an introduction to the world of engineering, and uses aquaponics to teach engineering principles. Being run by Urbanag and WEA in Liverpool, so free to those on qualifying benefits. More info: http://www.urbanag.uk/courses.html. For details email urbanag2010[at]gmail.com or phone John Smith on 07948 372821.

Urbanag Aquaponics Courses. Choice of 2-day weekend courses, £86; 5-day Mon-Fri courses, £215; or 5 weeks of weekly 2-hour evenings, £99. Concessions available. See http://www.urbanag.uk/courses.html

These posted 2nd April 2017


Events advertised by Voluntary Sector North West


·  Finding out 'what works' to involve people in decisions: A hands-on workshop, 6th July 2016, Salford

·  Wirral Reaching Communities Masterclass, 8th July 2016, Wirral

·  EU Funding in the North West, 14th July 2016, Manchester

·  Food Active Event: The Marketing of Junk Food to Children, 15th July 2016, Preston

·  Choosing your structure, 19th July 2016, Manchester

·  Managing volunteers, 22nd July 2016, Manchester

·  Social Return on Investment Practitioner Training, 28th-29th July 2016, Manchester

Links are under the underlined text.



Courses at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys, Mid Wales. Short courses from one to six days (solar thermal, renewable energy, straw bale building, bird ID, earth oven, building materials, greenwood craft, rammed earth, invertebrates, build a wind turbine, compost toilets, mammals, bicycle generator and more); to postgraduate courses. They also cater for schools and groups

Courses at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth: including Solar Photovoltaic Systems, Sustainability and Adaptation for Cities and Comunities, Low Energy Buildings, Hydroelectric Systems, Environmental Politics and Economics. Many more – from day classes to postgraduate courses, in woodland+crafts, biology+ecology, sustainable building, sustainable living, heating systems, energy and renewables. See https://courses.cat.org.uk

CAT postgraduate courses:
MSc Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management
, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. From Sept 2019. £6420+acom. See EnvironmentJob website.
MSc Sustainable Food and Natural Resources, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. From Sept 2019, £6420+accom. See EnvironmentJob website.
M.Arch Sustainable Architecture, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. From Sept 2019. £6,000/year for each of the two years. See EnvironmentJob website.
MSc Sustainability and Adaptation, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. From Sept 2019, £6420+accom. See EnvironmentJob website.
MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. From Sept 2019, £6420+accom. See EnvironmentJob website.
MSc Sustainability and Adaptation Planning
, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. From Sept 2019, £6420+accom. See EnvironmentJob website.

MSc Sustainable Ecology, Centre for Alternative Technology, £6420, from September 2019. See EnvironmentJob website.
MSc Green Building, Centre for Alternative Technology, £6420, from September 2019. See EnvironmentJob website.
MSc Sustainability and Behaviour Change, Centre for Alternative Technology, £6420, from September 2019. See EnvironmentJob website.

Workers' Education Association, for day visits and residentials.: all sorts of courses on their North-west branch site, in Cheshire and north. Includes bread-making, eco-therapy, forest schools, natural dyes, forest gardening, horticulture, organic gardening and permaculture. See http://www.nw.wea.org.uk/

Wirral courses: https://www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/jobs-and-careers/lifelong-learning/full-course-list

Courses at Ness Gardens
Starting January 2016: Plant Health (RHS3), Practical Gardening, Plant Nutrition and Root Environment (RHS2).
Starting February 2016: Plant Propagation (RHS3), Grow your own, Choosing, establishing & maintenance of garden plants & lawns (RHS2). Some are RHS level 2 or 3 courses. See
Ness Gardens website.

Energy Management courses with the Energy Institute
From the 5-day Cert in Energy Management Essentials to the 12-day Advanced Energy Manager course, and the Training in Energy Management through Open Learning 12-18 month course. Other courses too. See Energy Institute website (link sent by email).

NPTC Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Environmental Conservation, The Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV), Bristol. You can complete this course while volunteering with TCV, over a period of 26 weeks part time, no particular start date. See TCV website.

The Open University has developed a new, free, online course - Introduction to Ecosystems:
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/ecosystems

The first start date for this course is 18 November 2014.
The course description says: "Using case studies, you will come to learn how knowledge of ecosystems leads to understanding of their individual importance, and how they can be preserved. You will also make use of iSpot to help explore the wild species in your area. This university-level course is intended for those with an interest in natural history, conservation or the environment, and does not require any previous experience of studying these subjects. It is free of charge and can be studied from anywhere in the world."
The ecosystems course is part of a range of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) set up with the FutureLearn project: https://www.futurelearn.com/

Plas Derw Forest School courses in Flintshire:
http://plasderwforestschool.co.uk/training-forest-school/

University of Leeds courses starting September 2017 (links to EnvironmentJob):
MSc Ecological Economics
MSc Climate Change and Environmental Policy
MSc Sustainability and Consultancy
MSc Sustainability and Business
MSc Environment and Development
MSc Sustainability in Transport
MSc River Basin Dynamics and Management with Geographical Information Systems

MRes Climate and Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds, See University of Leeds website.

MSc Sustainable Planning, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield. See website.

MSc Environmental Management, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield. See website.

Environmental Management MSc, University of Derby Online Learning, Online (Distance Learning). Start Jan, May or Sept (MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management from Sept). See EnvironmentJob website.
MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management, University of Derby Online Learning, Online. £7.5k, start Sept, Jan or May. See EnvironmentJob website.

International Environmental Policy and Law Certificate of Credit, University of Derby Online Learning, Online. Level 7, a 20 credit module. £830. See EnvironmentJob website. Starts 24th Sept

Tools for Delivering Sustainable Solutions to Environmental Problems Certificate of Credit, University of Derby Online Learning, Online. 28th Jan 2019, £830 (UK/EU). See EnvironmentJob website.
Environmental Impact Assessment Certificate of Credit, University of Derby Online Learning, Online. 28th May 2019. £830 (UK/EU) See EnvironmentJob website.
Sustainable Business Management Certificate of Credit, University of Derby Online Learning, Online. 28th May 2019, £830 (UK/EU). See EnvironmentJob website.

Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques, Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, Oxford/Online. From September 2019, £5,143 - £6,900. See EnvironmentJob website.

Courses at Reaseheath, Nantwich Include Poultry Keeping,  Keeping Pigs, Keeping Goats, Garden Design.
Booking and info – 01270 613193, 9am – 5pm, pay as you book.
More courses – see ‘courses’ on the Reaseheath website
List of adult leisure courses at Reaseheath – dog training and care, construction, chainsaw, hedgelaying, milking equipment, welding, equine, floristry, food, horticulture, forklift and telescopic handler, veterinary. http://www.reaseheath.ac.uk/adult-learners/part-time-and-short-courses/ Courses at Bishops Wood Centre, Stourport-on-Severn
Examples of past courses
Learning Stories Learning Styles

Emotional Literacy in the Outdoors

Making Play Structures at Forest School

Wood - Land - Elements

Fire and Fun

Leading Earthwalks Day

Working with Living Willow
(2 days, £230)
Green Woodworking with Young People

Whittling for Forest School Practitioners

Learning Outside the Classroom and Leading Environmental Activities

Working with Challenging Behaviour
(3 days, £315)
Forest School Level 3 Leader Training

Course details are on the Bishops Wood website. Most are here, and unless otherwise stated are 1 day courses at £130. They run from 18th October to 19th March 2012. The Forest School Leader course is here, along with level 1 and 2 courses, it’s a 5 day course costing £850 (first aid is extra).

Courses at the Field Studies Council

Woodland Ecology, Coastal Plants, Badgers+Otters+Dormice, S Devon studies, N Wales Summer Flora, Fern ID, Micromoth ID, Tree ID, Late Summer Lepidoptera, Grasses+Sedges+Rushes, Wet Place Bryophytes, Fens+Bogs, Inverterbrate Surveying, Heathlands. Those were advertised, at various FSC centres, on EnvironmentJob.
Go to a specific centre, like Rhyd-y-Creuau in North Wales, and you’ll find walking, landscape painting, navigation and more. Courses are various lengths up to 6 days.
See the FSC course search page.

Brighton Permaculture Courses - website

An Introduction to GIS and QGIS, burdGIS, Online. For those new to GIS or moving to QGIS. £10.  See EnvironmentJob website (reposted 10th September 2018).

 









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