The World Recognized Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course

What is Covered? Download the Curriculum Outline in .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 Course (PDC) Certificate. The training experience provides a deep introduction to the world of permaculture as originally set forth by the movement’s co-founder Bill Mollison.

Bill Mollison - Creator of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world.  To date, ten’s of thousand have completed this training and now comprise a global network of educators and ecological doers who influence corporations, create new business alternatives, influence the communities they live in and turn damaged lands into highly productive food producing landscapes (farms). PDC graduates are committed people working together to enhance the way we view and design into our landscapes, our lives and the culture itself.

This course is not just for people who own property!

The PDC provides a fresh understanding into how each of us can be a significant contributor toward creating a more permanent and compassionate culture. The majority of students in a PDC course are actually urban dwellers.

Most Commonly Asked Questions

Who Could Benefit from a Permaculture Design Certificate Course?

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

When a permaculture design is implemented on the land, in a business, in community or in one’s own personal life, (1) wastes become resources, (2) work is minimized, (3) yields increase over time (4) and the environment is restored.

Some who have benefited from a PDC Course?

HomeownersHomesteadersStudents Looking for their Career PathGardenersFarmersRentersEducators – TeachersLandscape ArchitectsArchitectsCommunity ActivistsGarden DesignersAgronomistsBuildersResource managersMunicipal, State, and Federal Staff and ManagersReal estate buyers and brokersLandlordsDevelopersPastors and Church LeadersLocal and Regional PlannersConstruction ProfessionalsElected OfficialsGreen EntrepreneursNon-profit Administrators Community OrganizersSocial WorkersInternational Relief WorkersEcologistsMore… 
“The information, design methods and networking were way 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

How Midwest Permaculture Delivers this World Recognized Training?

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.