Our Internationally Recognized 72-Hour PDC

The Permaculture Course


1. Begin Now with the Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series

2. Wait for the Next Round of 9-Weekly Support Sessions (or not)

3. Go Live w/Bill and Others Through the Main Content of Course

What's Included:

Free Weekly Support Sessions

Completely Optional.
We’ll Review the Entire Course over a 9-week Period
Ask your Questions to Bill in Person

Sample the Course!

This free 2-hour session offers a profound and impactful introduction to permaculture and a glimpse of how we deliver the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course. With almost 20-years of experience and a determination to create more effective methods of teaching, we have developed one of the most meaningful and results-oriented permaculture learning experiences available anywhere in the world. Our goal is to make this course not just informative and enjoyable, but also easy to navigate and revisit. 

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This Course Covers How To:

All by using the 12 permaculture principles
and applying the Permaculture Ethics of:

– Care of People –
– Care of Earth –
– Care of the Future –

“Within a Permaculture designed system, wastes become resources, productivity and yields increase, work is minimized, and the environment is restored.”

The Option to Earn your Certificate - Or Not

The price of our online certificate course is $695, which is less than 1/2 the price of our live, in-person courses. We will be delivering to you the full PDC course that we have been perfecting for almost 2-decades. Between the brilliant course content and our determination to deliver it in an understandable and inspiring way, it makes this a “truly amazing training”. (These are our student’s words.)

To earn the PDC Certificate, you will have to watch all of the course sessions and take notes on what you are learning from each (written or typed) which will be submitted to us when you complete your course. There are also 7-exercises (from very simple to a final design project) that you will be submitting (scans, photos or digital). Once you submit all your work, and we confirm it is complete, you will have earned your numbered and registered, Midwest Permaculture PDC Certificate. This will be sent to you in the mail, signed by Bill Wilson.

Not Interested in the Certificate?
No Problem – Subtract $200

Going through the course without turning in all your notes and design exercises may be the perfect option for some of you. Great. You will still be exposed to the full brilliance of the PDC Course and you can apply those pieces that speak to you directly to your own situation or project. 

So Why Earn the Certificate?

Well, it is a large body of work and if someone is going through it anyway, they might as well earn the world recognize PDC Certificate too.  Some of you might also be thinking about what kind of work you wish to be doing in the world in the future and maybe you would like to do more with permaculture like become a designer, install foodscaping landscapes for clients, or teach others how to create more satisfying residences and integrated lives. Having the internationally recognized permaculture design certificate gives you the foundation to work upon while also letting others know that you were exposed to the full PDC curriculum.

“My husband is laughing because I earned my bachelor's degree from Harvard, my master's from Yale and my PhD. from Columbia, but the only certificate I have hanging in our home is from my PDC course with you. This course is an essential, yet missing link in our educational system. What a priceless training. Thank you, Bill and Becky."
Catherine K.

How Have We Maintained a 4.9 Star Rating over all these years?

We can only assume it has to do with our determination to make the subject of permaculture come alive so that it is immediately understandable and useful to our students. We put the same kind of effort into this online course as we always have to our in-person PDCs. We are dedicated teachers, designers and people. If someone is going to trust us with their training, we are going to give them the best that we have.


Why This New Online Training Option?

A personal note from Bill Wilson, our lead designer/trainer at Midwest Permaculture for 17 years …

      I’m glad you are considering this course. If you have been hoping to take a PDC for a while, but time or resources have not allowed a commitment to one of our live courses, we made this recorded/online option for you.
      Having walked over 2000 students and clients through the foundational permaculture design process, we know how to communicate what is genuinely helpful to bring this subject to life. And for those with specific projects, our goal is to support you with relevant and practical design solutions.
      By offering this course in a recorded format, you get to learn from home, eliminate scheduling conflicts, design your own property (if you have that), and receive a phenomenal permaculture training at a much more reasonable price point. This is a true permaculture model in efficiency.
      And we won’t hang you out to dry once you purchase the course. 4 times per year set aside 9 Monday evenings in a row to explore the course content with students via our Free Weekly Support Sessions. We’ve been at this for 17-years. We aren’t going anywhere. We’re here to assist.
      If this course is right for you, we’d love to have you join our family of Midwest Permaculture students and graduates.  -Bill

Come Away with a Design for Your Own Property — Or Not.

If you already own a piece of land you are invited to use it for your final design project. One of  the greatest advantages of designing your property during the course is that you will have access to one or more of the MWP teaching staff and other students to brainstorm your design with you — if this is what you want.

No Land? No Problem!

About Half of our students have no property

There is much more to permaculture than developing land or building a homestead. We have plenty of students who are mainly interested in the ‘culture’ aspect of ‘Perma-culture.’ In order to create more permanent cultures, we also need to improve our understanding of how things really work in a world where everyone and everything is cared for and appreciated. How we run our businesses, establish our community organizations, set up and run our institutions, and work with others on a personal level, are all essential aspects of permaculture that we will also look at during the PDC.

But this course is also a must for anyone who thinks they might buy or develop land in the future as it gives the student greater insight into what is possible to accomplish on any given piece of land. The course will change the way you look at a property, and you will be able to see opportunities on a landscape that others (or the seller) think are less than ideal and are willing to sell for less when in actuality, it could be a perfect piece of property for a good permaculture design.

And yes, the PDC course is a great option for teens & young adults! (14+)

“I understand the world around me differently for this course and highly recommend it for all, especially high school students.”

-Kaitlin Smith

CEO of Simple Mills and MWP Graduate

Option 1: Full 72-hour Course

You’ll receive our entire 72-hour course with all the nuance of being in the classroom with other students. Work at your own pace. Learn. Find clarity and inspiration.
(Return to this page after placing this in your cart if you wish to add earning your PDC Certificate, or a consultation, to your learning objectives.)

Option 2: Full 72-hour Course With Certificate

Turn in your notes on all webinars, sessions and design exercises for review/verification and earn the Internationally Recognized PDC Certificate, by Midwest Permaculture, signed by Bill Wilson.
(Return to this page if you wish to add a private consultation to your design goals.)

Student Discount Consultations



Small Farm

Would you like us to Review your Final Design Project, share our assessment, and make recommendations to you? You can add this now as you register, or later. There is no cost difference. Go through the course and order this consultation later if you are not sure. We offer all students of this On-Demand PDC Course a substantial discount for our design time.
(To all our PDC Graduates, this offer is to you as well. Simply click on one of the consultation options above and we will contact you after purchase to arrange a time.)

  • Residential Property up to 1-acre (1.5 hour Consultation):  List $495  –  Student Price $300
  • Homestead Property 1-10 acres (2 hours Consultation):  List $645  –  Student Price $400
  • Small Farm over 10-acres (2.5 hours Consultation): List $795  –  Student Price $500

Low Risk Cancellation and Refund Policy

If a student decides this course is not for them, they can cancel their registration within a 30-day window of purchase.

Upon cancellation, they will receive a refund of the course less $195. They will keep the physical course materials and access to our Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series.

The $195 value of the Foundation’s of Permaculture Webinars can then be applied as a credit to any future course purchase.

Frequently Asked questions

A laptop or desktop computer is all that is needed, and of course, a decent internet connection as most of the course consists of video streaming. If you would like to join us for our live Weekly Support Sessions on Zoom, a webcam and microphone will be necessary. If your laptop or desktop computer does not have a camera or microphone, they are inexpensive to purchase and are easy to plug in. 

Probably the better question is, what CAN it be like?  We created the course to be as independent or high touch as you’d like.  If you would like some structure, join us for any of our seasonal free weekly support sessions hosted on 9 sequential Monday evenings.  These are very relaxed and fun sessions where you will be able to meet Bill and some of our teaching team in person as well as other students.  Join in if you like, or not. We have a great time!

The PDC is not heavy on digital map making.

Yes, we will use the internet to gather data on our properties and use observation and some empirical data gathering to analyze and assess what is happening, and then look at what this data means in relation to our vision for the property. But after this, the traditional PDC pulls out paper and pencil to do some very basic designing and mapping.

This being said, few of us use paper and pencil anymore to do design work now that so many basic digital-tools are easily available and understood. So we show our students how to obtain and save information off of the internet and then translate that to simple design presentations using software as basic as Google Slides and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Creating a final design using digital tools is not an expectation or requirement, at all, but most students end up using a digital interface they are familiar with. For those that prefer pen and paper, that’s great. What we are really interested in is the thinking behind the design decisions that are made.

If someone is familiar with Adobe Illustrator or other professional design map-making software they might prefer to use that, but creating a layered design map is not required for the PDC.

Prefer a Live PDC Experience?

See our Schedule for Live In-Person Training Options