Duration: 1 hour

In this course you will learn how to assess, prioritise and address the most important structural deficiencies in the early stages of any building renovation; for example: if you find holes, cracks, water damage, or missing components then repairing these will need to be prioritised.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn about tools, techniques and applications for carpentry work in building repairs and renovations.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn about electrical work for building renovations, including a basic understanding of electrics can help you to decide what fittings and power options you would like in a room or building.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn how to select and use paints in interior and exterior decorations of buildings.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn how to undertake plastering and tiling work.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn how to carry out plumbing work for renovation jobs.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn how to plan and either manage or undertake the renovation of a room.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn how doors and windows can be repaired or replaced in a building or room renovation.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn how roofs and floors can be repaired or renovated in an old building.
Duration: 4 hours

Determine the nature and scope of work required for a building renovation project. Any project can be disruptive for a home owner. The longer it takes to complete, the more disruptive it can be. For any project to be successful it should be realistically conceived, and its execution should be planned to achieve a useful outcome within the constraints of financial and other resources available, and with a comfortable margin of error. Learn How To plan your building renovation with us!
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the scope and nature of carpentry. Understand how to differentiate between different timber products, and the appropriate use of each.
Duration: 5 hours

Describe all significant carpentry tools and identify appropriate uses for each. Identify and manage risk in a carpentry workplace.
Duration: 4 hours

Describe a range of different techniques for cutting wood in a variety of different situations. Describe and compare different techniques for joining wood.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to undertake a small carpentry project.
Duration: 4 hours

Explain construction of different things in an outdoor situation with wood; including fences, furniture and retaining walls.
Duration: 5 hours

Explain the construction of different types of small buildings which are constructed mainly with wood; including garden sheds, gazebos and cubbies.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Describe the different uses of timber in the construction of housing.
Duration: 4.5 hours

Explain a range of common carpentry tasks that a handyman may need to undertake in routine maintenance and repair work.
Duration: 4 hours

Explain a range of different techniques for finishing wood.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to plan a timber construction project.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn how to build things that will be exposed to fire, including fireplaces, chimneys and barbecues.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn how to construct with brick, stone or concrete in a way which is structurally sound and appropriate to the circumstances. Above all, every structure needs to be built on a strong foundation whether it is brick paving or a house. Here, we shall examine some of the key methodologies underlying construction work.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about different ways to repair masonry and apply finishes. Understand how stone, brick or concrete might be used for a primary effect including non-structural.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn how to undertake the construction of a small building project with brick, stone and/or concrete and understand the steps involved.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn how to use cement as a mortar, or in concrete, appropriate to the circumstances of construction.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn how to use masonry in landscaping. Masonry materials may also be used for sculptures and for any number of other creative constructions.
Duration: 4.5 hours

Learn how to work with bricks for different construction purposes.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn how to work with stone for different construction purposes. The type of stone products you choose to use will depend upon both what you want to use them for and what is available.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the materials, tools and equipment used for masonry construction, and the nature and scope of work that might be undertaken by those skilled in the use of those tools and materials. Definitions of masonry vary though. One definition may be the work undertaken by a “mason”. Some definitions describe masonry as working with clay or concrete bricks and stone. Other definitions may consider masonry as working with a more diverse range of materials including glass bricks, cob and ceramic blocks and tiles.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Compare different techniques for storage and use of electricity.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to better manage energy consumption and improve energy conservation.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn about converting a building’s energy supply to an alternative system; how to investigate alternative and renewable energy options in your area; how to establish a potential plan for switching over to alternative energy.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn about different methods of generating electricity, including solar, hydro, and wind.
Duration: 3 hours

You will learn about the nature and scope of alternative energy and how it is continually evolving.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn about harvesting solar energy. Study simple applications of solar energy in non-electric systems, such as in greenhouses and in hot water systems.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn about the nature and application of electricity.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Study the application and operation of firewood and biofuels as energy systems.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Mechanics is the study of machines. A machine is made up of multiple parts, it is designed to take movement or force, and translate that ‘energy’ to perform a specific task.
Duration: 2 hours

Describe the features that differentiate the quality and work capacity of engines; one from another.
Duration: 2 hours

Engines can need a variety of systems to support their operation, including: Cooling systems to stop the engine from overheating; lubrication Systems to prevent wear and tear on moving parts (reduce friction between parts and allow movement with less energy loss); ignition systems provide a spark of electricity to ignite petrol; and transmission systems transmit power/movement from the point of production to the point of use (e.g. Wheels of a tractor).
Duration: 2 hours

Motors or engines are the core of any machine, taking a source of energy and converting it into movement, but a useful machine then needs some way of taking that movement and transferring it into something useful.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Describe how machinery can deteriorate over time, and responses to both prevent and repair deterioration.
Duration: 2 hours

When machines are built well, operated properly and maintained routinely, they will perform at their best, and last many generations, if not indefinitely. There are machines that were built in the industrial revolution (i.e. 19th century), which still operate perfectly. Sadly though, a neglected machine will not maintain peak operation, and can deteriorate and become useless in a relatively short time.
Duration: 2 hours

Explain the mechanisms used to slow or stop any form of motion by applying force.
Duration: 2 hours

Describe machinery workshop tools and equipment, and explain their safe and appropriate use in maintaining and repairing machinery.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Most machines benefit from regular servicing. The term ‘regular’ however, is very subjective (i.e. based upon personal feelings); for one person regular may be monthly and for another, annually.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn about the impact of building surrounds, including a garden, on the interior environmental conditions. The immediate environment surrounding a building can have a dramatic effect upon the health of people inside the building. Air, dust, and energy (e.g. heat, light, etc.) move into (and out of) a building from its surrounding environment. It follows that if the surrounding environment is of good quality, the environment inside the building will be better.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn about chemicals used in and around buildings and their impact upon human health.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn about the health implications of using different types of finishes, including sealers, paints, preservatives and stains. Many people would acknowledge that paints and other similar petrochemical-based finishes have the potential to be harmful. They may not however, realize the extent of damage that these types of products are capable of, or that all paints, even water-based paints can be detrimental to the health of those exposed to them.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to choose interior furnishings that are not likely to damage human health.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn how to plan health-conscious management systems for interior environments. The way we use a building can have just as much impact upon the health of people, as the way the building may have been designed, built, and furnished.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn about the health implications of using alternative methods of pest control in buildings and adjacent gardens.
Duration: 2 hours

Surveying an area of land involves determining gradients, boundaries, and location and size of major features on a site, in order to produce a plan which accurately depicts these and other such characteristics of that site. With this course you will learn about surveying, including basic principles and techniques, appropriate for horticulture and agriculture.
Duration: 3 hours

Earth works are one of the first tasks to be undertaken on any development site. With this course you will learn when earthworks are required for an agricultural or horticultural site.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

With this course you will learn to evaluate the effectiveness of engineering applications for improving work tasks in agricultural and horticultural situations.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Learn how to determine appropriate fencing to use for different purposes; including security and restricting the movement of animals, pests or traffic, in agricultural and horticultural situations.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

With this course you will learn about the operation of machinery commonly used to mechanise manual tasks carried out in horticultural and agricultural workplaces.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

With this course I will learn to determine options for building doors, windows and roofs into a mud building.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

With this course you will learn different options for coating or finishing the surface of a mud wall or other mud construction.
Duration: 2 hours

Stone buildings were often erected on rock surfaces. When foundations had to be laid, the building pit was first filled with water and the resulting horizontal lines were marked on the walls. With this course you will learn the requirements for the foundations of a mud construction.
Duration: 2 hours

Humans have been using composite materials for a long time in order to build our dwellings. With this course you will learn techniques involved in making a mud brick.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Owner builders should recognise that mud brick making is a labour intensive activity. With this course you will learn techniques involved in laying mud bricks.
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

With this course you will gain some appreciation of the legal considerations which need to be met when building in mud.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

With this course you will learn the preparation process required before constructing with mud brick, such as permits, manpower, resources available, area and more.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

With this course you will learn about the nature and scope of Mud Brick construction.
Duration: 2 hours

With this course you will learn a variety of mud construction techniques other than mud brick used in earth buildings.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Services can be provided to a mud brick building in much the same way as they are supplied to any other type of building. With this course you will learn the major options for providing water, electricity or any other required services in a mud building.