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Permaculture Certificate and Diploma courses

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Posted by Zaia Kendall almost 9 years ago

The PRI Sunshine Coast will be running Permaculture Certificate and Diploma courses. These career courses are not government accredited, but are fully sponsored by PRI Sunshine Coast.

Student at PRI Sunshine Coast

In 2015 we will start our inaugural Certificate and Diploma courses. These courses are:

The Certificate of Permaculture Farm Leading Hand


The Diploma of Permaculture Demonstration, Teaching and Consulting.

These are targeted career courses, only for people who wish to make a career out of Permaculture. The objective of the courses are to train people to run a Permaculture Demonstration and Training site (Certificate) and to setup a Permaculture Master Plan site, be a confident consultant on other people's properties and to be able to apply to become a PRI accredited teacher (Diploma).

The Certificate is a 12 month program. The Diploma is a 24 month program, with the Certificate program taking up the first 12 months of the Diploma. We have decided to offer these courses on a scholarship basis, as part of our return of surplus. This means there is no monetary cost for participants (food and board are included), but we do require a time commitment. These courses are not for the faint hearted! We expect total commitment for your nominated time (12 or 24 months). The days will be long and you will be learning new things every day.


These courses are meant to further educate people in running a Permaculture farm and teaching Permaculture. They are fully residential. The courses are not government approved. The working week can be 6 – 7 days per week and are hands-on experiences. Research must be self guided, although advice from the teacher can be requested. At times the teacher may not be on site, however advice can always be requested by email or Skype. A close working relationship between teacher and student is encouraged.

These courses have come into being as there is an increasing demand for high quality experienced Permaculturists and Permaculture teachers. There currently is a gap between PDC graduates and experienced teachers/consultants which these courses are trying to fill. Due to the increasing demand for PRI accredited teachers, we felt it was important to create courses targeting that demand.

Besides the certificate and diploma, a written reference and assessment will also be supplied by the supervising teacher.

Applications to participate in the certificate or diploma will be through an online application made before the deadline of 28 November 2014 (for applications for 2015). Start date for both courses is 5th of January 2015.

Participants of the certificate and diploma courses must aim to make Permaculture a career and a lifestyle. These are career courses and are aimed to supply the practical experience needed to move forward into a full time Permaculture career.

The outline below shows subjects dealt with during the year, but it is not limited to these subjects. As things are always evolving on a working Permaculture Farm, other subjects may make their way into the program during the year.

Short outline Certificate of Permaculture Farm Leading Hand:

Teacher: Tom Kendall


At the end of the certificate year, the participant should be able to run a Permaculture farm. He or she should be able to be employed by any PRI in the world and run the farm, or be able to set up their own Permaculture farm.

Research Project:
Subject of choice, related to Permaculture to be presented at the end of the year.
Must write 4 Permaculture related articles (1 every 3 months) for publication on permaculturenews.org.

Animal Systems, feeding, care and production

Alternative energy systems

Compost toilets and humanure processing


Mulch cutting and application

Food forestry

Biological resources

Nursery and garden

Seeds, seedlings and propagation

Water Management and earthworks

Erosion prevention

Diversity, soil improvement and guilds

Running the farm, people management and task allocation

Bio fertiliser

Worm farms and soldier fly farms

Building, maintenance, repair and improvement

Aquaculture and aquaponics

Resource gathering and storage

Machine maintenance and repairs

The right tools for the job

Tool maintenance and repair

Produce, harvesting, preparing, storage and preserving

Meat production

Working dogs

Click here for more detailed information and application for the Certificate of Permaculture Farm Leading Hand.

Short outline of the Diploma of Permaculture Demonstration, Teaching and Consulting

YEAR 1: The Certificate of Permaculture Farm Leading Hand


Teacher: Tom Kendall


At the end of the diploma course, the participant should be able to run a Permaculture farm, teach Permaculture courses and become a Permaculture consultant and a PRI accredited teacher. He or she should be able to set up and/or run a Permaculture demonstration site and education facility and be confident in doing Permaculture consultations on people's properties.

Design, document and implement a Permaculture project of choice in consultation with teacher on the PRI Demonstration site or in a community garden

Co-teaching 2-3 PDC courses

Co-teaching Certificate participant/s

Co-teaching Practical/internship courses

Continuing supervision of volunteers, overseeing certificate participants

Helping with consultations and design projects

Administration and Finances

Click here for more detailed information and application for the Diploma of Permaculture Demonstration, Teaching and Consulting.

We also offer a 12 month Certificate in Whole Food Cooking: from Garden to Plate. This is more a general interest course, but may lead to possible employment with retreats, resorts and education facilities, or to self employment opportunities. It is also a great course for people interested in setting up a Permaculture Education site, as the kitchen and garden aspects are integral to the succesful running of people and courses on a site.

Short outline of the Certificate of Whole Food Cooking: from Garden to Plate

Teachers: Tom and Zaia Kendall


To educate the participant on how to work with freshly harvested, in season produce and to replace produce in the garden. Long term storage methods of produce is also dealt with and the cycle from seed to seedling to plant to plate. The participant will experience cooking for larger numbers of people and how to cater for different dietary needs and allergies.

Write down at least one new recipe every week, with photos for publication on blog and compile a recipe book

Course content outline:

Basic nutrition
Basic food safety and hygiene (complete an online food safety course)
Food preparation
Harvesting, storing, preserving methods
Dairy preparation, cheese, yoghurt, cream
Slow cooking
Flavours, herbs, spices, salt
Meat production, storage and use
Cakes and baking
Alternatives to grains
Different dietary requirements, Coeliac and other allergies, vegan, vegetarian
Vegan and vegetarian alternatives and protein needs
Easy and quick cooking for the greatest common denominator
Seeds and seedlings, seed saving
Planting and maintaining the garden
Composting and soil improvement
Mulching and watering
Knowing what to harvest and when
Assessing amounts of produce and needs for amount of people to be fed
Creating new recipes based on types of produce available
Coming up with alternatives for "conventional" products using available produce
Cooking for large groups with different dietary needs
Working to deadlines

Click here for more information and application for the Certificate in Whole Food Cooking: from Garden to Plate.

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Grant Van der Merwe
Grant Van der Merwe : WOW!!!!! Great Stuff! Wish I could do this!
Posted almost 9 years ago

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Kim BEST : This is great! If I wasn't looking after my Mum, I'd be in for the diploma like a shot!!
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