Become a master composter

Are you an experienced composter who wants to learn more? Brisbane City Council offers free advanced high-level training courses in composting to those who are ready to take the next step on their composting journey.

About the course

The Master Composter Brisbane training is a two-day course and attendance at each training day is required. 

Following the completion of the training course, participants are required to use their new skills by completing 20 hours of volunteer work on organic recycling in the community before receiving their Master Composter certificate.

The course will provide in-depth training on:

  • the science of composting
  • composting methods
  • other organic recycling techniques (such as worm farming, bokashi)
  • troubleshooting.

Participants will be provided with a Master Composter workbook to keep as a reference.

Eligibility requirements

To be considered for the course you must:

  • have current working knowledge of composting or worm farming, either composting at your own home or at a community garden
  • be willing and able to attend two full days of training 
  • be willing and able to complete 20 hours of volunteer work (within 12 months of completing the training) which promotes and assists composting in the community.

Examples of volunteer work include:

  • volunteering at a community compost hub 
  • volunteering at a school, retirement home, or community centre to help with composting
  • running compost workshops
  • providing information to the public on composting at community events (e.g. fetes)

After completing your volunteer hours, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Course dates and locations

The Master Composter courses for this year have been filled. If you are interested in completing a future course, submit an expression of interest by emailing Council. You will be contacted when new dates become available. 2021 course dates will include a mix of in-person and online sessions.

More information 

For more information about participation in the Master Composter course, email Council.

Find out about volunteering at a community composting hub.

Last updated: 9 October 2020
Topics: compost