Permaculture Design Certification

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This 80+ hour Permaculture Design Certification course imparts a positive and empowering vision for social and ecological transformation. We will train you to be a permaculture consultant who can apply the permaculture principles to a diversity of landscapes, scales and issues from rural to urban, and temperate to tropical environments.

Lectures and hands-on work will also explore: bioregional designs, natural history of Eastern woodlands and designs that cooperate with their regeneration, the evolution of agriculture, energy and nutrient cycling, watershed health, natural building, biodynamics, forest gardening, gravity run water systems, developing springs for drinking water, tree paste for fruit trees, sustainable forest management, encouraging maples, apples, shitake and ginseng, and the integration of animals into cultivated ecosystems.

This course is ideal for motivated individuals -- including community leaders and professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology and education -- who wish to use the tools of permaculture in rural and urban environments as well as for designing sustainable businesses and new models for local economic and ecological regeneration. Come be inspired by the possibilities of today and learn how to redesign your world.


AIA Credit Courses, Land and Community Planning


All levels


  • Sterling College: 5 Continuing Education Units ($650 additional)
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA): 84 HSW Learning Units

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