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.
Embark on a life-changing educational experience that explores applying natural patterns to create ecologically balanced food-producing landscapes.
On completion of the course you will have created a design for your small farm or backyard that shows your awareness of the chararcteristics of your site and permaculture design concepts - to creating a food-producing landscape.
This is a 12 module professionally designed online course - see details in course page here
The final module brings the whole course together in submitting a final design portfolio, that includes:
- Site analysis report: Collects all data on the site that has informed your design.
- Creating a design portfolio: Compiles all your concept sketches with your final design to tell the story of the development of your design and exploration of ideas.
- Creating an implementation strategy: Details the step by step process by which you will execute the design.
This is the first course of the Permaculture Design Certificate and acts as the foundation to understanding permaculture design in its application to creating regenerative foundscapes.
Some of the topics covered in the course include:
- Pattern Recognition: Exploring the form and function of patterns expressed within natural systems and some of the underlying concepts in how they develop.
- Permaculture Principles: Exploring the principles formulated by David Holmgren that underpin functional permaculture design.
- Sectors & Zones: Investigates the patterns and layout of a permaculture site.
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.