Internationally-Recognized 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) Outline

An “Internationally-Recognized” 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) is one that follows Bill Mollison’s official 72-hour curriculum and the official directives for teaching Permaculture.

Since the early 1980s, teachers offering PDC Courses around the world have used the same core 72-hour curriculum as directed by Bill Mollison. This is how educational standards are kept high, the integrity of the certification process is upheld, and how the community ensures that a certain level of common knowledge is attained by PDC graduates across the globe.

Internationally-Recognized 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) Outline:

  • Introduction – What is Permaculture?
  • Ethics
  • Natural Systems Design
  • Recycling
  • Soils
  • Water
  • Forests & Trees
  • Houses & Buildings
  • Aquaculture
  • Wildlife Management & Natural Pest Control
  •  Permaculture Village Development
  • Patterns in Design
  • Design for Catastrophe & Preparedness
  • Seed Saving & Nurseries
  • Appropriate Technology & Energy Conserving Technology
  • How Permaculture Designers Operate
  • Classical Landscape Profiles
  • Invisible Structures of Settlements
  • Final Design Project

The official 72-hour PDC Curriculum follows directly the information found in the Permaculture Designer’s Manual by Bill Mollison. Teachers are given flexibility in terms of delivery of the curriculum and creatively incorporating activities and assignments that supplement the course materials. The Permaculture Designer’s Manual has always been the core textbook for all Permaculture Design Certificate Courses (PDCs). The purchase of the text is not mandatory for PDC students. However, students are strongly advised to purchase this book and to use it as a reference during the course.

Examples of an official, Internationally-Recognized 72-hour PDC Course:

Permaculture Education PDC Course
Earthaven Ecovillage PDC Course

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