Permaculture Design Certificate Course – Online

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Our course is the official 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) as taught by the founders of Permaculture – Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.

The course covers a specific 72-hours of material that has remained the same since first being taught in the 1980s by Mollison and Holmgren.  It is the exact same material that is covered in any on-site PDC course, but is far less expensive ($550 for the full PDC course), because you can take our course online (instead of paying $1,500-$3,000 plus travel, lodging, and food expenses for an on-site residential PDC course, plus taking 2-3 weeks away from home and work).

Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) Outline:

1-1: Introduction – What is Permaculture?

1-2: Ethics

1-3: Natural Systems Design

1-4: Recycling

2-1: Soils

2-2: Water

2-3: Forests & Trees

2-4: Houses & Buildings

2-5: Aquaculture

2-6: Wildlife Management & Natural Pest Control

3-1: Permaculture Village Development

3-2: Patterns in Design

3-3: Design for Catastrophe & Preparedness

3-4: Seed Saving & Nurseries

3-5: Appropriate Technology & Energy Conserving Technology

3-6: How Permaculture Designers Operate

3-7: Classical Landscape Profiles

3-8: Ecological Economics & Invisible Structures of Settlements

3-9: Final Design Project

The course is over 1000 pages if printed out, and we include videos, one-on-one support, networking with other Permaculture professionals, and plenty of resources to back up the material.

Students can start the course at any time.  There is a 1-year time limit for completion – but most students finish the course within 2-3 months.  You can work at your own pace, and some enthusiastic students have finished the course in one month’s time.

The course is completed via email correspondence.  There are homework assignments for each section – questions related to the material covered in the course.  Some of the homework assignments include outdoor activities, observation and drawing exercises, as does the Final Design Project.  All of the homework materials and the Final Design Project can be submitted electronically.

There are no textbooks required, but the information follows directly from the Permaculture Designer’s Manual by Bill Mollison.  This has always been the core textbook for all Permaculture Design Certificate Courses (PDCs).  Students are advised to purchase this book and to use it as a reference during the course.

Upon completion of the course, you will receive an internationally-recognized Permaculture Design Certificate.

Only those who have completed an official 72-hour PDC course are legally permitted to use the word “Permaculture” for business purposes.

We offer Couples Discounts, Group Discounts, and a Payment Plan Option for those who need it!  Email us for more information.


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