Sustainability training for trades and professions

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Ku-ring-gai residents are looking for painters, plumbers, electricians, home renovators, handymen, architects, real estate agents, planners and designers who can help fulfill their sustainability aspirations.

Council is looking to support tradespersons and professionals looking to upskill in the area of sustainability and build their knowledge in this growing area.

What is the rebate?

If you live in or provide service* in the Ku-ring-gai Council area, we will provide a rebate towards the cost of acquiring a green skills qualification or doing specialised courses in your area of work. A scholarship of $250, or 80% of the course amount, whichever is less, will be offered.

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.

How to claim the rebate

  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.

 * 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 three years OR providing a recent utility bill as evidence of your home / business address, if you live within the LGA. 


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 questions please call Jyoti Shankar on 94240972 or email.

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.
  • Where more than one employee from the same organisation is interested in claiming a rebate, the rebate is restricted to a maximum of two employees.

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


Energy efficiency and sustainable building CPD courses

Points Build

Various - from $46 to $69 for a single course


Maximising Energy Efficiency through Applied Trade Skills -

6 hours theory, 2-4 hours practical

Green Building Institute




Natural Paint Application – 4 hours online course

Green Painters



Minimising waste on building and construction site – 12 hours online

Green Building Institute



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)


Liveability Real Estate Specialist Training - 10 hours training – includes 6 hours face to face and 3-4 hours online over a 4 week period

19 June 2018, 8.30 – 4.30pm, Sydney

The Centre for Liveability Real Estate  $635 (incl GST)


GreenSmart Professional - provides you with environmental awareness and skills for more sustainable residential design and construction. Macquarie Park, 2 days (25-26 July, 21-22 November 2018),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



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

$2180, 18-21 May 2018

 17 Grid Connect with Battery Storage course- CEC endorsement  SkillBuild


 18 Energy Efficient Design Course - self-paced between 16 to 24 hours, online and onsite Green Building Institute  $900
 19 Designer-Installer of grid connected PV systems - CEC approved  NECA Training $2300 - 04/06/2018 to 29/06/2018
 20 Battery storage for grid connected systems - CEC approved  NECA Training  $2700 - 07/06/2018 to 03/07/2018