Online Permaculture Design Certificate Program

Earn your international PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE online from North America’s top permaculture school.
“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

Stated simply, the practice of permaculture pulls the greatest possible value from the smallest possible expenditure of resources. Our online permaculture design certification program will enable you to earn your internationally-standard certification at a small fraction of the cost of an in-person training.

Permaculture is a regenerative design science rooted in the patterns of nature, with practical applications that extend far beyond organic farming into every area of our lives. As a holistic design science, regenerative design is a powerful paradigm of sustainability for governments, businesses, cities, communities and relationships. It is ultimately about maximizing the quality of life and health for everyone through smart design focused on maximizing sustainable yields.

Earn Your International Permaculture Certification Online and Save Money
The permaculture design certification program follows the international standards laid out by Bill Mollison and followed by the American Permaculture Association. To receive your Permaculture Design Certificate online, you will need to complete the following steps:

  • Review all our online (or DVD) lectures covering each chapter of the “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual”
  • Complete a theoretical design project, which is a fantastic opportunity to start creating your professional design portfolio.
  • Pass a multiple-choice test covering “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual” with at least a 70% grade.

How the Design Project Process Works
permaculture-design-courseThe theoretical design project is your opportunity to experientially learn and demonstrate the process of permaculture design. In general, the design project should demonstrate a combined social permaculture focus with a physical permaculture layout design. You are free to choose the focus and scope of your specific project. Past projects have included a wide range of ideas, including a permaculture cemetery, a public park, a variety of private sites, highly integrated designs for cooperative grocery stores (someone created a project they called Lettuce Cooperate), permaculture businesses, permaculture libraries and much more.

You can decide the scope and focus of your design project (it can be your own physical property or any theoretical site). We will provide you with specific points that you must include in your project, meant to demonstrate your understanding of the permaculture principles and design process. You will then create a graphical design of the physical site (it can be your own physical property or any theoretical site) and write a 1-3 page description of the project. You can do the design project off-line and submit us photographs, or you can use whatever software you feel comfortable to do the design. Everything is submitted through our online interface, which also allows you to get on-going feedback from our advisors.

Our Advisors Will Support You Every Step Of The Way
Upon signing up for the certification track, you will be provided with a private message board accessible only to you and the advisor assigned to support your progress. This will be the place you can ask questions, submit on-going drafts, and receive support as you progress through the certification process. Please know that we are committed to helping you meet the requirements of the certification, and will work with you to ensure that your final project submission is accepted and to help you pass the examination. The examination covers the book “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual”.

You will have twelve months from the time you sign up to finish watching the online lectures, complete the design project and the online examination. Please note that to keep your tuition fees as low as possible, we do not offer refunds. Upon acceptance of the design project, successful passing of the examination, and viewing of the lectures online (or on DVD), your advisor will approve your certificate.

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