Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Course Outline   The course covers the background knowledge, design skills and practical techniques of the Permaculture Institute's 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course. Successful completion of the PDC allows students to offer professional  permaculture design services to the public. Ongoing work can lead to Diploma level accreditation.

Run over a full year, one night per week during school terms, the course allows participants plenty of time to absorb the concepts, develop designs, and relate the ideas to the real world. Several trips to develop on-site design skills, to practise techniques, and to view design implementation in progress. A highlight of the year is a weekend away exploring permaculture in practice. (Pictures of  earlier PDC  at Kangaroo Valley)  

Designs will be developed (initially in groups) to cover the range of situations a designer might meet. This will include backyard town/urban/suburban planning, larger semi-rural acreage, and broadacre farm design and community planning.

To apply for the course simply download the application and information form for Southern Highlands or for Goulburn and fill it in and send it with your deposit. To register interest and/or ask questions please or ring David (02) 4884 4214 .

The 38 week course will cover

  • Principles and Ethics of Permaculture
  • The Cultivated Ecology
  • Designing Productive Landscapes
  • Sustainability and Productivity
  • Permaculture in Social Context

Course Presenters   The courses are coordinated and presented by David Johnson and co-presented by Jill Cockram and Debbie Hebbard, with Tim Flaus joining the team this year. Other tutors with expertise in aspects of Permaculture are invited to broaden the experience.

Course Fees   The full cost of the course is $600 plus the textbook (required).

A deposit of $100 is required to secure a place. (This is not refundable unless the course is cancelled or at least two weeks notice is given) A generous $50 discount is available for full payment at the beginning of the course. Payments can be made easier by an initial payment (after $100 deposit) of $200 and two further instalments of $150 at the start of terms 2 and 3. Other special concession prices and payment arrangements for the course are available.

Textbook   The Design Manual by Bill Mollison is essential reading for the course. It is available at $75 ($105rrp!). Please indicate on the application if you already own or have access to a copy.

Please note that the course will only be run if there are sufficient participants. Your help in recruiting students would be appreciated.

Other Course Details   Note that the class size is limited to a maximum of 18, to encourage participation and learning.

Application Deadline   20th January 2012. Late applications may be successful depending on availability of places.

Working to further the ideals of Permaculture on a local and global scale.