Our Story

Australian College of Environmental Studies is a registered training organisation (21740) established in 1999 with the aim to create meaningful and profitable careers that enhance the health of the community.

The college was established by Nicole Bijlsma after observing a consistent association between many of her patients with asthma, allergies and chronic fatiguing illnesses with hazards in their homes (mould, toxicants and electromagnetic fields). After experiencing ten miscarriages which began after moving into her first home, she undertook years of informal research and consequently established the healthy home movement (Building Biology) in Australia. This involved enlisting experts in various fields including electromagnetic radiation, industrial hygiene, building and construction, geomancy, HVAC systems (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), sacred space and feng shui, to write the course accreditation documents. Since 2005, ACES is the first and only college to provide nationally accredited training in Building Biology, Mould Testing Technician, Electromagnetic Field Testing Technician and Feng Shui in Australia.

About Dr Nicole Bijlsma

Nicole Bijlsma is a former naturopath and acupuncturist with 15 years of clinical experience (now no longer practicing) who completed further training in Guangzhou TCM hospital (China) in 1992. Nicole has lectured at tertiary institutions for over 30 years  in Traditional Chinese Medicine, naturopathic philosophy, nutrition and environmental health-related topics. Nicole was a columnist for Body + Soul (Herald Sun) and is frequently consulted by the media for her opinion on the impact of mould, wireless technologies and toxicants on human health. Nicole is the author of the bestseller Healthy Home Healthy Family, wrote the chapter on Environmental Medicine (Advanced Clinical Naturopathic Medicine Elsevier textbook 2020), co-authored the RACV report on ‘Mould in Australian Homes: the Perfect Storm’ (2018), and has published peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. For the past decade, Nicole has spoken at various medical and health conferences both in Australia and abroad (USA, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand), and participated in hundreds of interviews across multiple platforms (podcasts, webinars, radio and all of the major television networks). Her PhD focused on the impact of exposures to toxicants and wireless technologies on human health and the ramifications for general medical practice. For more information about Nicole click HERE.

To find out about our amazing team, click here.

Nicole Bijlsma

Nicole Bijlsma

Dr Nicole Bijlsma (Founder and Principal of ACES)

PhD, ND, BHScAc(HONS), Grad Dip OHS, Adv.Dip Building Biology,
IICRC Water Damage and Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

Our Mission Statement

We have a passion for what we do. This is clearly evident in our courses, our management and our team.

Incorporating current scientific evidence and the latest technologies, we provide groundbreaking courses to ensure you have the skills and the knowledge to be work-ready and the best in your field. The growing awareness of the adverse health effects arising from exposure to electromagnetic fields, toxicants, allergens and mould, has significantly increased the demand for our graduates, with most referrals coming from doctors, health practitioners and building designers.

Our lecturers are experts in their respective fields, have a formal teaching qualification, a diverse academic background and bring many years of combined experience. Our blended learning styles and innovative online learning platform enables you to study with us anywhere, anytime. Regardless of whether you choose a subject out of interest, for personal development, or want a rewarding career, our courses are sure to be an eye-opening and life-changing experience!

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Any Questions?

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of our training or courses please call us (1300 889 845) and we will be happy to help you with your query!