The Regenpreneur - Permaculture Design Certificate is an internationally recognised qualification that provides a foundation in regenerative design and its application to producing a healthy landscape that produces a year around abundance of organic and nutrient dense food. This course is also recognised by Permaculture in New Zealand.
This Permaculture Design Certificate integrates 11 module courses into a comprehensive guide for understanding permaculture design and its application to creating regenerative foodscapes. Regenerative landscapes are those that restore the environment and encourage long-term sustainability, increased biodiversity, and enhanced resilience.
It is recommended to enrol in the whole PDC Programme from the start - to benefit from the integration of the modules and belonging to an exclusive PDC student only module. However, you can also enrol in individual topics of interest - or try module 1 (Regenerative Design) at a discounted cost of NZ $30 - as an opportunity to try our online learning platform.
In addition to the 11 module courses (outlined below) the PDC Programme includes a bonus course covering the following topics:
- Creating a design portfolio
- Collecting information from a site analysis
- Creating an implementation report.
Permaculture Design Certificate
The online Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) programme provides a comprehensive analysis of regenerative design and its application to creating a foodscape that provides an abundance of organic and nutrient dense food.
The course is broken into 6 core topics (follow the links below for further information on each) that explore the foundation and application of permaculture design. These topics are explored within an interactive online learning platform - where you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other learners to extend and deepen your learning. Each of these topics have associated assessment tasks to support your learning.
- Regenerative Design
- Healthy Ecosystems
- Topography & Water
- Creating Micro Climates
- Building Soil
- Social Permaculture
These topics are applied to creating a design portfolio for how to transform your property into a regenerative foodscape (follow link below for further details). Completion of the design portfolio and assessment tasks within the core topics is required to complete the PDC and obtain your certificate.
Additional topics are provided for reference - to provide resources to support you in achieving the best outcomes in your design portfolio (see details in links below). These topics are optional - but are presented within an interactive online platform to support your learning and collaborate with others. These topics explore the details of permaculture design within different landscape systems and how to harness strategy, mindset, technology, financial management and more - to achieve your best results.
The goal of the PDC programme is to develop a new way of seeing the world - often called the 'permaculture lens'. This new perspective brings to life the productive possibilities of a landscape and how the patterns seen in nature can be harnessed to create regenerative outcomes within diverse and inter-connected foodscapes.
You explore this within the context of developing a detailed site design and implementation strategy for creating a regenerative foodscape on your property (or one you are familiar with).
This course is of four main parts outlined below:
The Creative Agent: This topic explores how an awareness of your strengths is focusing them on a clear mission leads to the best outcomes in life. The following concepts are explored in this topic.
- Self Reflection
- Developing Principles
- Identify Your Strengths
- Finding Your Purpose
Regenerative Design: This topic explores the philosophy of regenerative design - aimed at creating resilient and healthy outcomes within a diverse and inter-connected system. The following concepts are explored in this topic:
- Ecological Balance
- Regenerative Outcomes
Building Your Mission: This topic explores how you can leverage knowledge of creating beneficial structures in your life that support you in achieving your goals. Concepts explored in this topic are:
- Building habits
- Connecting with Others
Creating A Life Plan: The last topic bring all these concepts together into creating a life plan to create a blue print of your what is your vision and mission, what STRETCH and SMART goals you can set to progress you towards that goal and what are how you can plan out your next 3 moves to build momentum and start the journey.
- This last topic involves submitting a life plan report. Upon completion of this last task you will be awarded a Regenerative Changemaker Certificate.
PDC Module Courses - select titles for more information
- Form and function of patterns expressed within natural systems
- Permaculture principles formulated by David Holmgren
- Patterns and layout of a permaculture site.
- The form and function of ecosystems.
- Patterns that emerge in ecosystems.
- Indicators of the healthy function of an ecosystem.
- Tools and techniques for creating healthy soil
- The physical, chemical and biological properties of soil.
- Impacts of agriculture on soil health.
- The global forces that drive our climate.
- Understanding how local context influences climate,
- How to optimise production through creating micro climates.
Water & Landscape Dynamics
- Mapping the topography of a landscape
- Investigating catchment sizes and movement of water
- Using slope and earthworks to catch and store water.
- How to set up a small-scale backyard aquaponics system.
- The range of nutrients required for healthy plant growth
- Aquaculture fish species
- Design ideas into the home garden.
- Managing fertility, using compost, foliar sprays and probiotic fertilisers.
- Seed saving and selecting for traits.
- Design ideas for a perennial orchard.
- Plant propagation techniques.
- Creating beneficial plant guilds and incorporating animals.
- The origin and physiology of common pastoral herbivores.
- The development of mixed forage pastures.
- Habitat design.
- Passive Solar Design to create warm and light filled homes.
- Using locally available natural materials.
- Exploring the design and function of self-contained earth ships.
- Finding your Tribe.
- Forming intentional communities around a shared purpose.
- Supporting local trade and alternative currencies.
Enrol in Free Permaculture Masterclass
For an introduction to the philosophy and application of permaculture design - please check out this free resource.
This course acts as an introduction to permaculture design methodology and explores the four core aspects of permaculture design, being:
Please use the form here to enrol.