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Permaculture Design Course (PDC)


Working with our partners, Sector39, from Wales (United Kingdom), we offer Internationally recognized PDCs accredited by the Permaculture Research Association of UK. The Courses are instructed by very qualified and experienced tutors with decades of practical experience.
These PDC are held annually (Usually in May) at different locations to allow for diversity and continued establishment of practical sites since a permaculture project is produced is established.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) material 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 course syllabus and PDC Outline) to assure that the integrity of the certification process is upheld.

The course provides a minimum of 72 hours of direct contact with instructor(s), in addition to group design time, homework assignments, self-study time, hands-on projects, visits to demonstration sites and other learning activities.

Participants that meet the predetermined criteria receive Permaculture Design Certificates from their lead instructor(s) upon completion of the course. The certificate attests that the recipient has acquired certain knowledge of the subject, and it enables the recipient to start using the word “permaculture” in their livelihood and professional practice.

Advanced Permaculture Design Course (Training of  Trainers) (Diploma)

Persons who wish to acquire substantial practical experience, achieve excellence in their practice, and meet certain additional education requirements, are ready to apply for the Permaculture Diploma. Persons who wish to teach PDC as lead instructors must have a Permaculture Diploma to do so.

Specialized Short Courses

We also offer Specialised short courses , the can be either tailored and scheduled by the institute or upon request by a client or a group. Some of the short courses include But Not limited to the following:

  • Whole farm planning/property management planning
  • Land component identification and classification
  • Using permaculture pattern designs for effective resource utilisation ( Swales, Longitudinal contours, use of natural / vegetative plants to reduce surface water run off )
  • Composite and organic manure generation and usage
  • Water harvesting & drought-proofing methods and applications
  • Food, Vegetables and fruit production
  • Farm forestry & tree crop ground preparation, management & processing techniques
  • Appropriate technology
  • Introduction to  Aquaculture / Aquaponics
  • Farm records and information Management