What makes us unique?
- We are the leading worldwide provider of the official 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course online.
- All of our instructors are in the direct teaching lineage of Bill Mollison and the Mollison Permaculture Research Institute.
- We provide our students with the skills and resources needed to start their own successful Permaculture farms, businesses, consulting firms, and teaching practices.
Our Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) was originally developed by Bill Mollison, co-founder of Permaculture, to teach the principles and foundations of sustainable design. All PDC courses offered throughout the world must follow the same format (see PDC Outline) to assure that the integrity of the certification process is upheld.
Both the Introduction to Permaculture course and the full Permaculture Design Course follow the official guidelines for teaching Permaculture as directed by Bill Mollison.
The PDC Course includes tutoring and support from professional Permaculture designers and teachers, and the curriculum follows the topics in Mollison’s book, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, the foundation text of Permaculture Design.
Students completing the Permaculture Education Center PDC Course receive an official, internationally-recognized, numbered, and recorded PDC Certificate signed by Dr. Alan Enzo and other highly-qualified instructors from the Permaculture Education Center.
Our courses are eligible for university course credits and continuing education credits in related disciplines (architecture, landscape architecture, sustainable agriculture, etc.), and are also eligible for Veterans VA and active military educational reimbursement benefits. The PDC Course has been approved for government-sponsored vocational training funds in Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, and USA.
Our instructors are professional, patient, and supportive, and are focused on the student’s needs.
Online students study at their own pace. Instructors carefully monitor progress and are available to assist students via email and phone when needed. The courses are delivered via downloads in pdf format. Students will receive download instructions for the course materials after payment is made. There are no homework assignments for the Introduction to Permaculture Course. Students taking the online Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course will submit homework assignments and work with instructors via email.
Who Takes the Online PDC?
In 1994, Bill Mollison realized that there was a great need for an online PDC course.
“The fact is that not everyone can afford to take 15-20 days off from work, pay for travel, food and lodging, and then pay $1,500.00 or more for an on-site PDC course.”
In addition to the economic and time barriers to attending an on-site Permaculture course, the Permaculture community also realizes that different people learn in different ways. Some would rather study from the comfort of home than travel, camp outdoors and listen to days of lectures. Some learn better with the traditional teacher-student model (classroom, lectures, etc.), and some prefer the convenience of the online learning platform.
What kind of people take a Permaculture Design Certificate Course online?
- University student teams, led by a professor.
- Aid workers, Emergency Management professionals, and missionaries (in-country or preparing to go), who want to take the PDC course together as a group.
- People who want to learn at their own pace.
- Those who work long hours or have young children at home.
- Those who prefer the online learning format to sit through days of lectures.
- People who may already have a PDC from their local Permaculture group, but want to learn new methods and techniques from different teachers.
- People who live in remote parts of the world.
- People who don’t have the money or time required to attend an on-site PDC course.
Our online PDC course is designed for those who want to digest the material at their own pace, and receive support and feedback from teachers experienced in Permaculture Design and other related disciplines.
Graduates of Permaculture Design Courses:
Today, Permaculture work is being carried out in over 130 countries by thousands of Permaculture design course graduates. PDC Graduates are typically classified as Permaculture "Trainees" until they have at least 2 years of experience in Permaculture Design-related work.
Can I teach or consult after receiving my PDC?
PDC graduates are absolutely encouraged to start teaching and consulting with others after receiving their PDC certification (this question was addressed fully by Bill Mollison in 2005). However, it is highly recommended that if the graduate does not have 2+ years of prior related experience, that they spend their first 2 years co-teaching and consulting along with other qualified teachers before using the terms "Permaculture Design Consultant" or "Permaculture Design Teacher/Instructor".
Completion of the official 72-hour PDC course allows the graduate to legally use the term "Permaculture" in their business and other activities.