Self Sufficiency II Online Course

Self Sufficiency Online Course - Home Preserves, Cheeses and more.

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

Study the practical skills to get independence by growing and harvesting and preserving your own foods.

Course Aims:

  • Explain the importance of good diet and nutrition to good health
  • Discuss the potential for increasing self sufficiency by growing your own food in a kitchen garden.
  • Describe the potential and appropriate procedures for vegetable growing in your area.
  • Describe the potential for fruit growing and appropriate fruit growing procedures for your locality.
  • Describe the process of practices like bottling to extend the shelf life of produce.
  • Explain the process of practices like freezing and drying to extend the shelf life of produce.
  • Describe the principles of animal production and processing animal products, where someone is seeking to improve dietary self sufficiency.
  • Describe growing and cooking with herbs, where someone is seeking to improve dietary self sufficiency.
  • Describe the use of eggs and cheese where someone is seeking to improve dietary self sufficiency.
  • Describe the use of grains in a situation where someone is seeking to improve dietary 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:

Diet and Nutrition

  • Introduction to good health
  • Science of nutrition
  • Nutritive Values of different foods
  • Effects of Inadequate Nutrition
  • Food allergies
  • Water
  • How to be a Vegetarian
  • Vegetables -nutritive value, fibre
  • Health Basics, Natural Body Cycles
  • Major Food Groups,
  • Dietary Sources for different nutrients
  • Choosing and Using Vegetables
  • Understanding Carbohydrates and Diet
  • Fats, Protiens, Minerals and Diet
  • Energy Production
  • Recipes and A well balanced diet.
  • Living a Well Balanced Life -eating, exercise, etc

Establishing a Kitchen Garden

  • Why Grow Herbs and Vegetables
  • Deciding food plants that can be grown in your garden,
  • What you can grow, and how you might use it
  • Designing a productive garden.
  • Managing Water for Optimum Value
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • No Dig Growing Method
  • Permaculture Gardening
  • Biodynamic Growing
  • Other Growing Methods
  • Understanding and Managing Soil
  • Getting Started with a Vegetable Garden


  • Growing Vegetables from Seed
  • Transplanting Seedlings, Crowns, Offsets and Tubers
  • Using Cold Frames or Cloches
  • Culture for specific types of vegetables, including:
  • Brassicas
  • Lettuce
  • Legumes
  • Onion
  • Potato
  • Tomato
  • Others incl. Beetroot, Capsicum, Carrot, Celery, Corn, Eggplant, Parsnip, Spinach, Cucurbits
  • Others including: Artichokes, Garlic, Asparagus, etc.
  • Mint, Fennel, Dandelion
  • Mushrooms
  • Harvesting Vegetables
  • Growing -fertiliser, pest and disease management


  • Establishing a Orchard -What to consider
  • Orchard Location
  • Cross pollination, Winter Chilling
  • Pruning in the Home Orchard
  • Cultural techniques for different types of fruits & berries
  • Citrus
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocado
  • Cherry
  • Fig
  • Grape
  • Olive
  • Pear
  • Peach
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Other Fruits: Mango, Medlar, Olive, Papaya, Pineapple, Blackcurrant, Kiwi Fruit and more
  • Cutting Propagation


  • Scope and Nature of Bottling
  • Equipment
  • Techniques for jelly/jam making
  • Sauces
  • Pickling
  • Bottling

Freezing and Drying

  • Scope and Nature of Freezing
  • Freezing Tips
  • Anti Browning agents
  • How to Soften Water
  • Managing a Freezer
  • Vegetables you can Freeze
  • Harvesting and preserving techniques
  • Scope and Nature of Drying
  • Tips for Drying

Producing Milk and Eggs

  • Milk Production
  • Choosing a Dairy Breed
  • Cows, sheep and goats
  • Nature and Composition of Milk
  • Milk Protein
  • Factors affecting Milk Composition
  • How Milk is Made
  • Lactation Cycles
  • Managing a Dairy Cow
  • General Methods of Caring for Animals
  • Animal Feed, Water and Health
  • Scope and Nature of Poultry
  • Feed and Water for Poultry
  • Developing an egg production system
  • Keeping Goats
  • Pasture Management

Growing & Cooking with Herbs

  • Growing Herbs
  • Harvesting Herbs
  • Storing Herbs
  • Drying and Freezing herbs
  • Companion Planting
  • Selection and cultivation of culinary herbs
  • Recipes for cooking with herbs.
  • Using Herbs -Garnishes, Condiments, Medicinal Uses, Teas, Flavourings etc

Egg and Cheese Cookery

  • Value of Eggs
  • Storage and use of eggs
  • Distinguishing different types of cheese, cooking with eggs & cheese.


  • Different Types of Flour -wheat, corn, oat, soy, etc
  • Role of Cereals in Nutrition
  • Characteristics of Different Grains
  • Using Grains
  • Baking with Herbs
  • Baking bread, etc.

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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    3. Receive Certificate

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

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    Can I pay in installments?

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

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    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?

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