Self Sufficiency I (Introduction) Online Course

Self Sufficiency Online Course

Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Its always a great time to learn to become more self sufficient!

This self sufficiency course is one of two courses designed to equip you for a self sufficent life.  Learn tips, skills and gain knowledge in a broad range of fields to equip you with independence and self sufficiency.

Topic include managing your health and home, horticulture (herbs, vegies and fruit), animal husbandry (poultry, bees, pigs and more), self sufficient building techniques, alternative energy and earning an income.

Course Aims:

  • Discuss the nature and scope of self sufficiency.
  • Explain the importance of good nutrition and health.
  • Explain the importance of suitable clothing and clothing care.
  • Explain the relevance and application of horticulture to self sufficiency.
  • Explain the cultivation and use of herbs.
  • Explain the main requirements for successfully raising animals.
  • Explain the fundamentals of caring for grazing animals.
  • Explain the available alternatives to eating meat.
  • Discuss various building techniques that can be used to construct buildings.
  • Discuss alternatives to conventional energy sources.
  • Determine and describe accessible craft and country skills that may contribute to self sufficiency.
  • Analyse potential changes in lifestyle to increase a person’s level of self-sufficiency.


Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 10 lessons in this course:

Understanding the possibilities

  • Understanding Modern Society and the Scope and Nature of Self Sufficiency
  • What is Self Sufficiency
  • What is Needed to make a Change
  • How to Start
  • Getting the Right Attitude
  • Being Realistic

Health, Nutrition and Clothing

  • Introduction to a Balanced Lifestyle
  • Health and Fitness
  • Understanding Anaerobic and Aerobic Exercise
  • Mental Health
  • Understanding Food and Human Nutritional Needs
  • Clothing Needs
  • Safety with Fabrics
  • Protective Clothing
  • General Care and Hygiene for Everyday Clothing
  • First Aid

Horticulture - Fruit and Vegetables

  • Scope and Nature of Horticultural Production
  • Selecting and Planning for a Vegetable Crop
  • No Dig Growing
  • Review of Different Vegetables
  • Growing Fruit
  • Berry Fruit
  • Nuts
  • What to Do with Excess Produce: Preserves, etc
  • Resources for More Reliable Information

Horticulture - Herbs

  • Introduction
  • Cultivation of Herbs
  • Natural Pest Control and Companion Planting
  • Herbs for Different Situations
  • Harvesting Herbs
  • Handling Fresh Herbs, Drying Herbs
  • Cooking with Herbs
  • Herb baths
  • Propagating Herbs

Animal Husbandry

  • Short Cuts for Animal Rearing
  • Chickens : Feeding, Watering, Housing, Health
  • Turkeys
  • Geese
  • Ducks
  • Bee Keeping
  • Locating a Hive
  • Honey Production

Animal Husbandry

  • Overview: Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Horses, and Pigs
  • Livestock Terminology
  • Feeding Animals on Pasture
  • Pasture Management
  • Housing, Shelter, Fencing
  • Animal Health and Disease Management
  • Breeding
  • Keeping Pigs


  • Introduction to Earth Building
  • How to Make Mud Bricks
  • Building Foundations
  • Laying Bricks
  • Wall Finishes
  • Using Fasteners : Nails, Screws, Bolts
  • Building Tools


  • Scope and Nature of alternative energy sources
  • Comparing Renewable Energy Sources
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Power
  • Solar House Design
  • Energy Conservation
  • Growing and Using Wood for Fuel
  • Choosing a Wood Burning Appliance
  • Environmental Aspects to Burning Wood
  • Care and Maintenance of Wood Stoves, Chimneys

Craft & Country Skills

  • Scope and Nature of Crafts
  • Marketing Home Crafts
  • Protecting Your Work
  • Painting
  • Candle Making
  • Other Crafts: Potpourri, etc
  • Rustic Timber Structures
  • How to Join Timbers
  • Tool Maintenance
  • Cleaning and Sharpening Tools

Making Decisions

  • Scope and Nature of Decision Making
  • Risk Management -Preparing for Emergencies
  • Preparing for Fire
  • Making Money – Small Scale Home Based Businesses
  • Growing things to Sell on a Small Property

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    Course Tutor

    Agriculture spans a wide variety of specializations.  Who your tutor is will depend on which area of agriculture you are studying.  Upon enrollment you will be assigned your own personal tutor who is there to support you throughout your studies.

    How It Works

    1. Learn Online

    Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

    2. Get Help & Support

    Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

    3. Receive Certificate

    Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.