Sustainability training for trades and professions

Ku-ring-gai Council has been actively promoting sustainable building and renovating through our events and online resources. There is a lot of demand for tradespersons and professionals working in this area but finding people who understand their sustainability aspirations has been challenging for home owners.

Council now encourages tradespersons and professionals who live or provide service* in the Ku-ring-gai Council area an opportunity to upskill by offering a rebate towards the cost of acquiring a green skills qualification or doing specialised courses in their area of work. Trades and professions covered include painters, plumbers, electricians, home renovators, handymen, architects, real estate agents, planners and designers. Some of the courses we have identified are given below.

A scholarship of $250, or 80% of the course amount, whichever is less, will be offered to tradespersons and professionals living or servicing the Ku-ring-gai local government area (LGA)*. Funds available are limited and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis to those who complete a course by 15 June 2018.

  1. Contact us if you have enrolled for any of these courses and plan to claim this rebate immediately.
  2. To claim reimbursement of the eligible rebate, your certificate of completion and fee invoice copy should be received by 15 June 2018.

The following courses currently on offer are eligible for scholarships. If your preferred course is not listed below and will help you acquire similar skills, please contact us with details and we can look into adding it to this list. For any questions you may have about this program, you can call Jyoti Shankar on 94240972 or email.

* Interested persons should be able to provide evidence of their work in Ku-ring-gai LGA by providing copies of at least three invoices for jobs carried out within the last six months OR providing a recent utility bill as evidence of your home / business address, if you live within the LGA. 

Course details

Offered by



Energy Efficiency for Builders (Residential) / Energy Efficiency for Builders (Commercial)

Australian Skills and Training Academy

$49 for a single course which is part of Builders CPD


BASIX & Home Energy Ratings - 2.5 hour FutureAgent© course

Real Estate Institute NSW, funded by OEH, 6 June 2017

$99 members
$130 non-members
(GST inclusive)


Natural Paint Application – 4 hours online course

Green Painters



Minimising waste on building and construction site – 12 hours online

Green Building Institute


5 Greensmart Kitchen and Bathroom workshop- equips you with the skills, knowledge and awareness to create sustainable kitchens, bathrooms and laundries – 1 day (5 September 2017 at Macquarie Park), face to face Housing Industry Association Member:  $330 (incl GST)
Non-member: $396 (incl GST)

Green Painters Accreditation Course – online course

Green Building Institute



Green Tradies -This accredited training is designed to help trade contractors such as carpenters, plasterers, floor sanders, tilers and carpet layers understand sustainable trade practices and products. 8 hours online + 4 hours onsite.

Green Building Institute



Sustainable Building - 1 day face to face

Master Builders Association NSW

$359.00 for Members / $459.00 for Non-Members


Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures – 16 hours online; start and stop whenever you like. Compatible with lap-tops and PC fitted with a web-cam.

Green Building Institute



Cool Coatings course – 8 hours; online and face to face

Green Painters

$500 (minimum 2 students required)


Building in bush fire prone areas - 28 June 2017


$600 (GST free)


GreenSmart Professional - provides you with environmental awareness and skills for more sustainable residential design and construction. Macquarie Park, 2 days (12-13 July 2017 and 29-30 November 2017),14 hours of face-to-face learning

Housing Industry Association

Member:  $638.00 (incl GST), Non-member: $759.00 (incl GST)


Built Green - 30 hours online accredited course in sustainable building and construction. Students must have a PC or laptop with webcam and internet connectivity.

Green Building Institute



SustainAbility Design Specialist Masterclass – 4 day face-on-face course

Building Designers Association of Australia

Register expressions of interest here


Certificate II in split air-conditioning system and heat pump systems

Western Sydney TAFE



Certificate IV in Renewable Energy

Western Sydney TAFE

Full price $12700, $4960 (max fee if eligible for subsidy)


Solar Grid Connect Design and Install Course SkillBuild

$1980, 1 - 4 June 2017

18  Grid Connect with Battery Storage course- CEC endorsement SkillBuild

Please note: The Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School (ASCS) provides an e-learning platform designed to help the construction sector assess and improve their knowledge of sustainability issues facing the industry.

The resources of the ASCS are free to all members. Registration is free and easy.