ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
The Australian College of Environmental Studies is proud to offer the
most amazing and innovative courses available anywhere in the world. Additionally,
we are the first college in Australia to offer government accredited training in Feng Shui and Building
Biology. This means that our students are able to apply for Austudy (government financial assistance) and other forms of financial assistance through Centrelink. We offer over 14 ground-breaking
subjects covering everything from electrobiology, mould
auditing and alternative building materials to geopathic stress, colour psychology, sacred space
and feng shui (just to name a few).
have a passion for what we do. This is clearly evident in our courses,
our management and our team. We consistently challenge convention;
through fresh thinking we are constantly developing groundbreaking
courses, educating people with information commonly withheld from
the general public. Our lecturers are experts in their respective
fields with many years of combined experience. Sourced Australia wide,
they provide a unique insight into the world we live in. You will
learn what you're doing right, what you're doing wrong and what you
can do about it. With
flexible delivery options you can study with us anytime, anywhere.
Our advanced teaching technology including comprehensive manuals and
interactive DVD's truly make learning easy. Regardless of whether
you choose a subject out of interest or complete the Certificate IV, it is sure to be an eye opening and life changing
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
As a small
child the founder, Nicole Bijlsma, was drawn towards all things environmental.
Her mother retells stories of a young Nicole covering her face with
a tea towel as an act of defiance against the air pollution in the
city of Melbourne. Perhaps the defining moment however and ultimate
inspiration for the college came from the pages of a children's book
- Dr Seuss fortelling of a world devoid of trees due to human greed.
The seed was sown and later in life Nicole continued her passion for
the environment and its impact on human health first graduating as
a naturopath, then acupuncture (including formal training in China),
feng shui and ultimately building biology. Nicole is a woman of passion and her passion lies in environmental medicine. She first became involved in feng shui as a result of two events in her life; firstly when she and her husband experienced significant financial difficulties as well as infertility after moving into their first home (only to realise every other family who had lived there had experienced the same). And secondly, when she began to notice the extent to which the environment was causing illness in many of her patients. Nicole is an accomplished naturopath, building biologist, feng shui consultant and university lecturer. Apart from an Honours degree in Acupuncture, she completed further training in Guangzhou TCM hospital (China) in 1992. Furthermore she has taught Traditional Chinese Medicine and Naturopathic philosophy at various universities and institutions at tertiary level for the past 15 years. Nicole is the author of Healthy Home Healthy Family which sold out in 18 months and attracted nine television interviews. The second edition was released in July 2012.
FENG SHUI COURSE
college was established in 1999 by its founder - Nicole Bijlsma - as a result of a need to provide comprehensive training in the field of Feng Shui. At the time, books and courses taught contradictory information which further confused the public. Furthermore many of the courses were short in duration, had poor quality notes and lacked any practical training. As a tertiary lecturer with a solid foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and given that Feng Shui is one of the eight limbs of TCM, Nicole was able to provide a depth of understanding of Feng Shui theory not generally found in other courses. In order to provide a solid foundation in Feng Shui, experts in various fields were sought including geomancy, space clearing and feng shui to ensure that our students gained various perspectives. The college employs trainers based on their academic qualifications, number of years of experience in the field, their passion for the topic and their ability to teach. All staff are required to have a teaching qualification.
BUILDING BIOLOGY COURSE
During her 15 years in clinical practice as a natural therapist and acupuncturist, Nicole began to notice a connection
between her patients with asthma, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome,
and some forms of cancer with their homes. Upon auditing their homes,
the connection became obvious with mould, high magnetic fields and
particulates common causative factors. Sick building syndrome as it
is now known, is a global problem costing most western countries billions
of dollars annually. Building Biology is the study identifying and
alleviating the causes of Sick Building Syndrome. Nicole studied the
concept of building biology both in Australia and abroad. Disappointed
with the lack of quality and relevant information to Australian needs, Nicole along with several other experts in the fields of electrical engineering, occupational hygiene, renewable energy and so forth, devoted
the next five years of researching and developing what is now
arguably the most comprehensive undergraduate building biology course in the world.