The standard, internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course is presented as a 72-hour curriculum laid out by Bill Mollison in his book “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual” and taught around the world as a way of introducing people to creating sustainable human settlements and putting humanity on a course to a more sane future.
Permaculture is a sustainable design science, rooted in observation of natural patterns and applicable to every aspect of our culture. A lot of people think of permaculture as gardening, but that’s a lot like thinking of math as being about building bridges, and gardening is only a single application of permaculture.
The Permaculture Design Course curriculum touches upon a variety of topics, including but not limited to:
- Permaculture principles for smart design
- Pattern observation and site analysis
- Natural building construction
- Renewable energy and appropriate technology
- Rainwater harvesting and conservation
- Passive and active solar design
- Graywater considerations and system design
- Waste recycling and treatment
- Reading the land and natural cycles
- Soil regeneration and land restoration
- Food forests, trees and garden design
- Agroforestry and forest gardening
- Useful plants and herbs
- Cooperative economics and financial permaculture
- Scale – designing sustainable, thriving cities
- …and much, much more
The online permaculture design course and certificate meets all the requirements laid out by the American Permaculture Association accreditation, which follows and exceeds internationally-recognized standards:
- The course must discuss every chapter of the “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual” book by Bill Mollison.
- The certifying instructor must have previously completed a Permaculture Design Certification course that met the certification requirements as laid out by Bill Mollison and must agree to comply with the APA Standards.
- The minimum course length must be at least 72 hours, including design projects, hands-on components, and instructional site visits.
- The course must include a design project as part of the certification.
- The course must require at least 70% attendance for certification.
- The course must be available to audit by any other accredited APA course instructor.
- If listed by the Better Business Bureau, the organizational/business umbrella under which the course is offered must consistently maintain a satisfactory rating, ensuring a fair record of resolving any student concerns.
In addition our online permaculture certification program requires each graduate to pass a multiple-choice test directly based on the “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual”, thus demonstrating competency through both the presentation of the design project as well as the follow-up test. The testing requirement is unique to our program and is specifically in place to ensure that every graduate of this course has demonstrated proficiency in the course materials.