Permaculture Design Certificate Course 

(main course)  

12 days 

Who is this course for?

Anyone seeking positive solutions on how to care for the earth, to restore and re-hydrate landscapes to create sustainable self -reliance in communities. Ideal for any organisation or persons anywhere in the world who is involved in growing food, community development and land care. Permaculture is an ideal tool for organisations looking for answers, for meaningful and long term sustainable corporate social responsibility outcomes.  



The aim is to train students to enable them to design and implement a well-designed productive and functional, Permaculture system, systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs today and the future.


Students will gain a practical working knowledge of common-sense strategies and technique’s, to implement on‐the‐ground systems in any climate zone. A design certificate is awarded for demonstrated competency.

The primary sustainable and meaningful categories are as follows:

  • Food and support systems

  • Shelter and buildings

  • Livelihoods and support services


The Curriculum is based on all subjects in:

"PERMACULTURE: A Designers Manual" by Dr Bill Mollison.



Introduction to Permaculture 

  • Permaculture in landscapes and society 

  • Ethics, principles and characteristics 

concepts and Themes in Design 

  • Earth logic

  • Ecological laws of nature  

The Cultivated Ecology                              

  • Methods of design                              

  • Patterns of understanding                     

  • Climatic factors                                   

  • Trees & forests                                                           

  • Water in landscapes                                                                           

  • Soils, food webs, composting                                                                                 

  • Earthworks and their use in earth repair

Broad Climate Zones 

  • The humid tropics 

  • Dryland strategies 

  • Humid cool to cold climates 

Designing Productive Landscapes 

  • Holistic decision-making frameworks 

  • Zone 0- The self needs analysis 

  • Revision, questions and answers 

  • Zone 1-Food gardens and small animals, soil food webs and composting 

  • Zone 2-The food forest 

  • Zone 3-Cash crops and larger animals 

  • Zone 4-Sustainable forestry 

  • Zone 5-Natural environments  

  • Aquaculture 

Sustainable Site Maintenance 

  • Integrated pest management 

  • Design against disasters

  • Natural target pruning 

Sustainable Community Development 

  • 5 steps to community development 

  • Ethical investments 

  • Trusts 

  • Money and finances

  • Village regeneration 

  • Meaningful work-right livelihoods 

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