Training Courses

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

8-10 and 15-17 May 2018 (repeat possible 2020)
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 possible 2020)
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.
Learning opportunities in 2019
Tomas Remiarz is running a number of courses this year in various exciting venues, so if you want to brush up your skills in permaculture teaching, forest gardening or plant propagation, do check out the list below and find out more on his website. A new course he’s particular excited about is about setting up and living in communities, where Jed Picksley and himself will share some of their experiences gathered over the last 20-odd years.
Here is the page with more course information and links to bookings:
https://forestgardeninginpractice.com/news
If you know any other people who would benefit from some of this knowledge feel free to share with them.
Forest Gardening courses
Forest gardening Intro – 23/24 February in Hulme Garden Centre, Manchester,
Urban Forest Gardening – 7-10 May in Berlin (all in German I’m afraid)
Advanced Forest Gardening - 7-10 November in Prague (English and open to international bookings)
Courses at Applewood permaculture centre, Herefordshire
Permaculture Training of Teachers – 11-19 June
Weekend PDC starting 16 February, ending 9 June
Applewood is a permaculture centre in North Herefordshire, where hosts Looby Macnamarra and Chris Evans also teach a range of other courses on land and people permaculture.
https://www.applewoodcourses.com/courses/
Courses at Karuna, Shropshire
Make your own plants; identification and propagation – 29/30 June, £160-£200 (3 places £140), includes meals, camping £6 extra
Introduction to Permaculture - 20/21 July, £160-£200 (3 places £140), includes meals, camping £6 extra
Living in a community – 24/25 August, £160-£200 (3 places £140), includes meals, camping £6 extra
Karuna is one of the largest and best established forest gardens in the country. Janta and Merave have created a beautiful place that they want to share with other people through courses and other events.
http://www.karuna.org.uk/courses-events.html

 

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

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

Passivhaus Series July: 1. Fundamentals of Passivhaus, The Green Register, Online. Afternoon of 15th July. One of a series of 4: others cover construction, building services and putting passivhaus into practice, all a week apart. One course £125, 4 for £450, exc VAT. See EnvironmentJob website.

Exploring the Role of Rabbits as Landscape Engineers, Field Studies Council, Online. £0-£5, 30-40 mins +Q+As, 12th Aug. See EnvironmentJob website.

Free Webinar – Sustainable Transport, Centre for Alternative Technology, Online. 7.30pm for an hour, 12th August. See EnvironmentJob website.

An Introduction to Bats, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Dorchester, Dorset. Tues 18th Aug, £77. See EnvironmentJob website.

Grazing Animals for Habitat Management, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Dorchester, Dorset. 1-2 Sept, £232 inc accommodation. See EnvironmentJob website.

Meeting the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge Targets, The Green Register, Online. Mornings of 3rd and 10th Sept. both to be attended, There’s a range of charges: standard is £159, RIBA student £12. See EnvironmentJob website.

National Bat Conference 2020 – Online, Bat Conservation Trust, Online – Zoom. 5-6 Sept. £120. See EnvironmentJob website.

5+6+19+20 Sept 2020
Introduction to Permaculture Design, Hulme Community Garden Centre, 10am – 4.30pm, £60/£120/further concessions. Event on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/361238841173437/; Tickets: https://northernschool.info/intro-permaculture-design-course

Project Management for Wildlife Conservation, WildTeam, Online. 7 Sept – 12 Oct 2020 (3 hours/week), £180 (bursaries available). Increase the efficiency and impact of any conservation project.. See EnvironmentJob website.

Demonstrating Heat Pumps, The Green Register, St. Annes, Bristol, 8th Sept, £35. See EnvironmentJob website.

Consultant's Forum, Bat Conservation Trust, Online – Zoom, 10am – 12, 10th Sept, optional donation. See EnvironmentJob website.

The Biodiversity Crisis and the Built Environment, The Green Register, Online. 15th Sept, £35. See EnvironmentJob website.

Level 3 Forest School Leader, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Melton, Suffolk. £950 starting 17th Sept, See EnvironmentJob website.

International School Grounds Alliance Conference, Learning through Landscapes, Stirling. 24-26 Sept, £21-£360. See EnvironmentJob website.

 

A Beginners Guide to Mosses, Field Studies Council, FSC Margam Discovery Centre, Port Talbot. 23-25 Oct, £260 (shared room, other options). See EnvironmentJob website.

Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation, WildTeam, Online. 26 Oct -30 Nov 2020 (3 hours/week), £180 (bursaries available). Increase the efficiency and impact of any conservation project. See EnvironmentJob website.


2021


Sustainable Woodland Management, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys. Waged £650; low waged / concessions £600. Optional OCN accreditation: £90 inc full board. 1-5 March 2021. See EnvironmentJob website.

A Way of Building: Using locally sourced materials
, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys. £460 inc full board in share accommodation. 23-26 July 2021. See EnvironmentJob website.



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. Start 7th Sept 2020. See EnvironmentJob website.

M.Arch Sustainable Architecture, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. From Sept 2020. See EnvironmentJob website.

MSc Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. From Sept 2020. See EnvironmentJob website.

MSc Sustainability and Adaptation Planning, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. From Sept 2020. See EnvironmentJob website.

MSc Sustainability and Adaptation, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. From Sept 2020. See EnvironmentJob website.

MSc Sustainability and Behaviour Change, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. Start Sept 2020. See EnvironmentJob website.

MSc Sustainable Food and Natural Resources, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. Start Sept 2020. See EnvironmentJob website.

MSc Sustainable Ecology, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. £6840 (UK) + optional £2000 accom. Starting September 2020. See EnvironmentJob website.

MSc Green Building, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. From Sept 2020. See EnvironmentJob website.

MSc Sustainability and Behaviour Change, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. £6840 (UK) + optional £2000 accom. Starting Sept 2020. See EnvironmentJob website.

MSc Sustainable Ecology, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. Start Sept 2020. 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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