2-Stage PDC Certification                         

Please Note:  Due to our heavy teaching and design work schedule and also the minimal interest in this 2-stage process, we have suspended this option for the time being.  Please consider taking one our our complete 8-day trainingsSchedule Here.

Stage One:  Our  Week-long Hands-on Permaculture Training  (return to page to register)
Stage Two:  The Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series & This PDC Completion Course (see below)

This PDC Completion Course delivers the balance of the PDC curriculum that is not covered in the Hands-on Training for those desiring to earning their PDC Certificate in two stages.  This Completion Course is offered once/year at Midwest Permaculture.  (Aug. 4-9 for 2013)

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PDC Completion Course Dates:  August 4-9, 2013
(You must have completed the Hands-on Training and the Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series before taking this Completion Course.)

What is Covered in this PDC Completion Course?

  • Brief Overview of Established Gardening Systems
  • Permaculture Farming Approaches
  • Food Forests – Polycultures, Succession
  • Plants – Seed Saving – Plant Propagation – Grafting
  • The Healthy Raising and Use of Animals in Permaculture
  • Aquaculture – Hydroponics – Aquaponics
  • The Built Environment – Building Alternatives
  • Invisible Structures
  • Permaculture in the World
  • Your Permaculture Business
  • Using the ‘Scale of Permanence’ when Approaching Design Work


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 And what again are the benefits to earning a
Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Certificate?

In the permaculture tradition, with a PDC Certificate one may use the word “permaculture” in the promotion of their work, craft or knowledge base.  One may provide permaculture design services for fee such as consulting, advising, or actual design plans, as well as offer educational events in the form of workshops or seminars.

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The Training:

Daily Schedule
We schedule some form of instruction or exercise each morning, afternoon and evening.  As with our other trainings, this is a full and fun week.

All meals, snacks, coffee, tea and water will be provided as part of the course tuition.  Meals will be prepared from mostly organic and locally raised foods and will include vegetarian and meat options.

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Camping and Accommodations in Stelle
As part of the price of tuition, free camping space is available with toilets and showers nearby.  Since all of one’s meals are supplied and our days are full, students will only be sleeping in their tents.  

There are also indoor lodging options available in Stelle that run $150 for the full week.  Some of our residents are delighted to rent out their guest rooms for this modest fee.  Please email Becky(or call 815-256-2215, message or text us at 815-782-2216) if you have any questions, otherwise, there is an option to add this lodging when you register.

What to Bring:
A few weeks before the on-site portion of this training begins, every student receives a detailed email which includes a list of things to bring as well as any final information.

Course Fee & Registration: 

Fee includes the week-long training, great food, free camping and the foundations of permaculture webinar series.
Prerequisite:  You must have taken the Hands-on Training first

Fee:  $870
Early Registration Fee:  $795 (before June 4th, 2013)

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Option 1
Register online

Option 2
Call Becky to register over the phone at 815-256-2215, voice message or text us at 815-782-2216.


Down-Payment / Course Reservation
Our simple e-commerce page is not set-up to handle partial or down-payments. If making a partial payment is an important factor to your ability to participate, please call Becky at 815-256-2215, message or text us at 815-782-2216 to work out these arrangements.

Low Risk Cancellation and Refund Policy 
Should a student have to cancel their enrollment in the training up to 30-days before it begins, there is a full refund less $250. and students keep the Foundations of Permaculture Webinar series ($195 value). If a student cancels in the 30-day period before the training  begins there will be a full refund less $350.

There are no refunds for cancellations or withdrawals once the course begins.  However, in certain circumstances, we may extend partial credit towards a future training.

Continuing Support Following Graduation

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 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 certification courses 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.

Alternative to this On-Site PDC Completion Course

PDC Completion Home Correspondence Course

Will Include:

  • Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series ($195 value)
  • Regular work sessions over skype or the phone instructor 
  • Course material tailored for the student and their situation
  • Documentation of completed curriculum in a format chosen to best suit the student
  • Two design projects, to be presented online to Midwest Permaculture
  • Your Permaculture Design Course Certificate (upon completion)

Price: $870

Still Have Questions?
You are welcome to email us or call Becky at 815-256-2215, voice message or text us at 815-782-2216.