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Permaculture Certificate Course Syllabus

Below is a summary of Permaculture Design Certificate course, please see full permaculture curriculum described in the PDC Outline All our courses follow this international syllabus and meet all requirements for certification.

Topics covered in Permaculture Design Certificate Course:

• Principles of Natural Systems

• Sustainable Design Methodologies

• Patterns in Nature, Culture and Society

• Reading the Land & Understanding Natural Processes

• Large Scale Land Restoration Techniques

• Water Harvesting Techniques

• Design Principles of Sustainable Human Settlements

• Grey Water Recycling

• Natural Building Strategies

• Cultivated & Productive Ecologies

• Food Forests, Plant Guilds, Gardens for Self-Sufficiency

• Energy Conservation Technologies

• Appropriate Technologies and Renewable Energies

• Urban Environment Permaculture

• Wildlife Management and Biological Pest Control

• Land Arts and Community Activism

• Invisible Structures: EcoVillages & Credit Unions

• Community Supported Agriculture

• Strategies for an Alternative Nation

• At the end of the class, students engage in a group design project.

The course provides 72-hours minimum direct contact with instructors, in addition to homework assignments, self-study, hands-on learning, group design projects, visits to demonstration sites and other learning activities.


Gaia’s Garden – A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway

Permaculture – A Beginner’s Guide by Graham Burnett

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster

Tree Crops by J. Russell Smith

The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler (or read this article: The Long Emergency)

Note: books listed above are NOT required in our courses; however these are books that will guide your learning of practice of permaculture.

READING MATERIALS (download to your computer prior to class):

Designing for Permaculture by Bill Mollison

Forests in Permaculture by Bill Mollison

Permaculture in Arid Landscapes by Bill Mollison

Permaculture in Humid Landscapes by Bill  Mollison

Permaculture on Islands by Bill Mollison

Permaculture Techniques by Bill Mollison

Water in Permaculture by Bill Mollison

ARTICLES & REFERENCES (download to your computer prior to class):

Is Humanity Fatally Successful? by William E. Rees

1491– March 2002 article, Atlantic Monthly by Charles Mann

Water Harvesting Traditions in the Desert Southwest by Joel Glanzberg

Water Harvesting Principles, Information, Resources by Brad Lancaster

Greywater Site Assessment by Oasis Design

Greywater Laws  by Oasis Design

Getting Clear on Greywater by Oasis Design

A Study on Mineral Depletion of the foods available to us as a nation over the period of 1940 to 1991 – by R.A. McCance and E.M. Widdowson

Still No Free Lunch- Nutrient Levels in the US Food Supply Eroded by Pursuit of High Yields, – by Brian Halweil

Our Home Flowering Tree – by Roxanne Swentzel, with permission

The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler

A Culture Gets Creative – by Sarah Van Gelder, Paul Ray

Cation Anion Process 

The Solomon Islands in the South Pacific– by Dr. Fizz Harwood

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS (for your further reference, not needed in class):

PDC Outline

ADDITIONAL READING – for your enrichment and introduction to applied permaculture at any point in your learning/not needed in class:

Visit Permaculture Resources to follow a multitude of links for articles by specific subject (gardens, food forestry, land restoration, natural building etc)