The World Recognized
Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course

How We Deliver this World Recognized Course  (No Matter the Location)
The Schedule of our Upcoming PDC Courses
Experiencing a PDC Course at Midwest Permaculture in Stelle, IL
What’s In the Training?  Download our PDC Curriculum Outline (.pdf)

The Permaculture Design Certificate course is a seventy-two hour (minimum) training experience.  Students who complete the full curriculum earn the internationally-recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by the movement’s co-founder Bill Mollison.

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Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world.  To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through this course, and now comprise a global network of educators and ecological activists who influence major corporations, individuals creating new business alternatives, and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design into our landscapes.

The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design & construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores the social and economic structures that support a culture that cares for the planet and all its inhabitants.

Permaculture Co-founder: Bill Mollison

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A Midwest Permaculture PDC Course at the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture

Most Commonly Asked Questions

What is Permaculture   (you will leave this page)
Who Could Benefit from a Permaculture Design Certificate Course?
What Subjects and Permaculture Principles are Covered?
Should I take a Course in my Bioregion and Climate?
What is a Midwest Permaculture Course Like?   (you will leave this page)

 

Who Could Benefit from a Permaculture Design Certificate Course?

Just about everyone!  If you’re interested in learning about sustainable design,  green architecture, abundant gardening, alternative building, organic agriculture, generating renewable energy, creating authentic relationships and community,  learning new skills, or considering a new career or way of living….then you will get much from this course.  

Permaculture looks for the natural/logical  integration of all aspects of living.  Those who have benefited from a PDC Course?

Homeowners

Renters

Educators

Students Looking for their Career Path

Gardeners

Garden Designers

Farmers (small and large)

Elected Officials

Municipal, State, and Federal Staff and Managers 

Community Development Workers

Non-profit and Community Organizers/Administrators

Social Workers 

Ecologists

Landscape Architects

Agronomists

Resource managers

Architects

Builders

Construction Professionals

Real estate buyers and brokers

Developers

Landlords 

Religious Leaders

Local and Regional Planners

Green Entrepreneurs

More….


“The information, design methods, networking, and even food were beyond my expectations.  Taking this course has re-ignited a fire in me that had been only embers.  There is hope for the human species.”
 

Ron N.—60; Landscape architect

 

What Subjects and Permaculture Principles are Covered in a (PDC) Course?

Permaculture is about looking at ways to integrate many different elements into a sustainable way of living.  So, even though we might not go into great detail in every subject area (we would need three months) we do delve into many areas and look for those ways that they interrelate to each other.

The goal is design systems that allow us to live abundantly well, while also eliminating wastes, increasing yields, minimizing unnecessary work and caring for the total environment. We must design ways of living that care for nature, ensuring the necessary resources for future generations.

How Midwest Permaculture Delivers this World Recognized Training?

 

 The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course 

 

  • Subjects Covered
  • Observations and Patterns
  • Principles and Ethics of Permaculture
  • Designing for Different Climatic Zones
  • Soils, Plants, and Trees
  • Guilds and Polycultures
  • Water and Earthworks
  • Utilizing Micro-climates
  • Designing with Succession in Mind
  • Eco-Building
  • Zone and Sector Analysis
  • Aquaculture
  • Planning the Homestead
  • Bio-Fuels
  • Economics
  • Urban and Suburban Permaculture
  • Garden Management
  • Small-Farm Strategies
  • Large-Farm Possibilities
  • International Implications
  • Starting your own Permaculture Business
  • More…

 

View or Download our
PDC Course Curriculum Outline

(.pdf) 

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Permaculture Co-founder David Holmgren

 

“I’m so glad we got into the details behind the concepts.  I now get the fundamentals and am confident in my own permaculture skills.  
I loved this course. “ 

Trevor J. -24- Sustainable Ag student, MSU

 
 Permaculture Design Principles & Ethics

Regardless of the subject area being explored, these fundamental permaculture design principles delineated by permaculture’s other co-founder, David Holmgren, are the foundation to all permanent design.

  1. Observe and interact
  2. Catch and store energy
  3. Obtain a yield
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback
  5. Use & value renewable resources and services
  6. Produce no waste
  7. Design from patterns to details
  8. Integrate rather than segregate
  9. Use small and slow solutions
  10. Use and value diversity
  11. Use edges and value the marginal
  12. Creatively use and respond to change

Permaculture’s 3 Foundational Ethics

  1. Care of the Earth
  2. Care of People
  3. Fair Share (Care of the Future)

“Taking my PDC course with Midwest Permaculture two years ago set me on a much more focused path and has been instrumental in enriching my life in many ways.

Being guided by the ethics and principles of permaculture has set me free, bringing me joy every day in the work I do, the people I invite into my life, and the choices I make.”

Deanna – 45 – Botanic Garden Horticulturist

 

Should I take a Course in My Own Bioregion and Climate?
A Focus on the Fundamentals Regardless of Your Climate

What is important to understand about the PDC course is that all of the basic principles and ideas behind a permaculture approach or design must be covered to meet Mollison’s requirements for a certificate of completion.  Therefore,many different climates, land types, soil types and living situations are explored.

So, it doesn’t really matter where you live now or where you take a design course.  You should be exposed to all the fundamentals which will allow you to begin to create a permaculture design for just about any location or situation on the planet.  The fundamentals and the principles don’t change.  

The education you receive from a Midwest Permaculture PDC is universally applicable.

We have hosted
trainings in:

the Midwest

the Mountains

the Desert

 

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A Midwest Permaculture PDC Grad Student, Teaching Villagers in Africa

Grant Shadden and his wife Paige earned their PDCs through Midwest Permaculture and have taken their new skills and understanding to Africa where they volunteer part-time in the winter months.  They are the resident permaculture designers and teachers at an evolving ranch in the Bitterroot Valley, MT.
See Grant and Paige’s Blog Posts of Their Work in Africa 

 

“I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful week. I learned much more than I expected. I have been asked about giving some permaculture classes by our local community college in Cleveland. Thanks for the confidence you instilled in me!” 

Sean K.-45, Homeowner with 2-Acres

 


Receive Continued Support Following Your PDC Course

Students who have completed a Midwest Permaculture design course are then invited to become part of our growing network of graduates. There are three ways we work to support our students: 

  • We have a separate website where all Midwest Permaculture graduates can connect, share ideas and look for some assistance from each other.
  • We host occasional permaculture reunions for our graduates and their families.
  • Graduates may audit any future 72-hour certificate course at half price (provided space is available).

Our objective is to support our students for as long as they need it or want it, and to encourage them to support each other.

 

Already A Permaculture Design Course Graduate?  33% Discount
We do offer a 33% discount to students who have graduated from any other recognized PDC course (from anywhere in the world) who wish to take a Midwest Permaculture course as a refresher.  The discount only applies if there are open slots in the intended course.  Please email for details and let us know when and where you took your PDC and who the certifying instructor(s) was.

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Permaculture Design Certificate Courses
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We’d Love to Have you Join Us.