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Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture) 400 Hours Advanced Certificate Course

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Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture) 400 Hours Advanced Certificate Course

A good way to describe permaculture is: humans and nature working together to maintain a sustainable way of living. Simply put, permaculture is permanent agriculture and it works in tandem with nature, not in opposition to it. Because it seeks to do this, it is at odds with modern agricultural methods and its extensive reliance on chemicals. The adoption of regarian farming techniques is very important as it increases biodiversity, whereas the modern petrochemical approach to treatment of the soil, diminishes it.

Another purpose of permaculture is to create enough food to successfully feed the whole of humanity, by producing everything that is required for life local to where people live. This is achieved through the ethical, scientific and syncronistic use of the natural features of the area created over millions of years of change and evolution.

This online Advanced Certificate in Permaculture incorporates our Permaculture I, II, III and IV distance learning programmes into one fully comprehensive course. If you agree with the goals of permanent agriculture and want to forge a career putting the in-depth knowledge and skills you will gain from completing our course into practice, then look no further.

Permaculture I will help you develop a basis for permaculture design by explaining the patterns which occur in nature, such as weather systems, water cycles, topography, soil-plant interactions and forest ecology, and how a knowledge of these patterns can be used to reproduce balanced and productive garden growing systems.

Permaculture II will help you to specialise in planting within permaculture designs. It is a natural progression from Permaculture I and concentrates on plants in a permaculture system, how they relate to each other and to the surrounding environment; and the selection and placement of different varieties within a permaculture design. It also deals with preparing plans for different types of permaculture gardens.

Permaculture III tackles learning about animals in permaculture gardens. It concentrates on the animals in a permaculture system and as in Permaculture II, how they relate to each other, how they relate to surrounding environments, and the selection and management of different types of animals in a permaculture design. The course covers the role of insects, animal husbandry of poultry, bees, pigs, goats and cattle, aquaculture systems, and how to integrate animals into a garden.

Permaculture IV will extend your permaculture design skills even further. You will learn to design and manage a comprehensive permaculture system. The course integrates all aspects of permaculture into the design and management of a comprehensive and balanced system. It covers an overview of permaculture, energy efficient building alternatives, waste disposal systems, recycling, natural watering and sustainable energy alternatives, and designing for natural disasters. You will also undertake a full scale major design project using the knowledge obtained from the course and utilising the techniques you have learned.


Learning Goals: Advanced Certificate in Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture)
  1. Discuss the nature and scope of Permaculture
  2. Apply an understanding of environmental systems to considerations given to how a Permaculture system is designed
  3. Describe soils and the impact their characteristics have upon natural and man made environments
  4. Explain the application of this knowledge to Permaculture
  5. Describe characteristics of climate and water, and the impact their characteristics have upon natural and man made environments
  6. Explain the application of this knowledge to Permaculture
  7. Describe forest systems and their relevance to Permaculture design
  8. Understand use and establishment of Permaculture gardens
  9. Understand basic principles of permaculture design
  10. Understand the role and function of zones in permaculture systems
  11. Develop knowledge of natural pest, disease, and weed control methods
  12. Understand the principles behind companion planting, and its function in permaculture gardens
  13. Understand the features of, and applications for appropriate technology in permaculture design
  14. Develop knowledge of the use of water gardens in permaculture design
  15. Develop knowledge of a range of plants suitable for permaculture systems
  16. Develop knowledge of a range of plants suitable for permaculture systems
  17. Design a Mandala garden
  18. Understand the principles behind integration of animals in permaculture systems
  19. Understand the role of insects and other small animals in permaculture systems
  20. Understand the role of poultry and bees in the permaculture system
  21. Develop knowledge of the role of grazing animals in permaculture systems
  22. Understand the role of aquaculture production systems in permaculture
  23. Develop knowledge of the range of aquaculture species available for permaculture systems
  24. Develop knowledge of the alternative materials and features available for buildings in permaculture systems
  25. Understand the role of buildings in the permaculture environment
  26. Develop knowledge of the range and function of waste disposal methods suitable for permaculture systems
  27. Understand the role of recycling in modern society
  28. Develop knowledge of how to design for natural disasters
  29. Develop knowledge of water efficient irrigation techniques
  30. Understand the role of indigenous plants and animals in permaculture systems.
  31. Develop skills in preparing management and development plans
  32. Perform a major design project


Lesson Structure: Advanced Certificate in Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture)

Permaculture I

1  Concepts

  • The basic theory and ethics of Permaculture

2  The Environment

  • Ecosystems, the web of life and interactions between living organisms

3  Soils

  • Soil management, fertilisers, nitrogen, cultivation, gas and nutrient cycles

4  Climate and Water

  • The hydrological cycle, infiltration, microclimates, the Greenhouse Effect, water and plants

5  Forest Systems

  • Biomass, how natural systems relate to agricultural systems

Permaculture II

Permaculture Gardens: Different Garden Systems

  • Spiral gardens, no dig gardens, establishing plants (mulches, irrigation, tree guards) techniques for planting sloping and arid sites

2  Design: Planning techniques and skills

  • The design process, pre planning information, drawing a design, selecting plants

3  Garden Zones

  • Windbreaks, hedges, screens, the five Permaculture zones

4  Design for Natural Pest, Disease and Weed Control

  • Biocontrol, natural pest controls

5  Companion Planting

  • Repellant plants, attractant plants, plants that affect the soil, beneficial plant combinations, poor combinations, nitrogen and legumes in Permaculture, cover crops, grain crops

6  Appropriate Technology in Permaculture Design

  • Using energy conserving technology, healty buildings

7  Water Gardens

  • Wet and boggy garden areas, drainage, wet tolerant plants, small and large water gardens

8  Fruit, Nuts and Berries

  • Suitable orchard plants for Permaculture, intercrop species, the Fukuoka system

9  Vegetables and Herbs

  • Easy care vegetable gardens, planting, garden care, herb spirals, disease resistance, types of vegetables

10 Mandalla Garden

  • Design and cost of a Mandalla garden, organic materials, mulches, keyhole garden beds.

Permaculture III

1  Integrating Animals Into A Permaculture System/Garden

  • Locating animals in the Permaculture system, birds, types of gardens, how to plan and prepare zones in relation to animals

2  Role Of Insects And Other Small Animals

  • Ecosystems and their constituents, the web of life, the classification of animals, insect classification, lifecycles, feeding habits and control, companion planting

3  Poultry and Bees

  • Ducks, poultry food, fowls, turkey, geese, bees

4  Grazing Animals: Sheep, Goats, Cattle, Horses, etc

  • Animals as mobile tractors, types of pasture

5  Aquaculture Production Systems

  • Biological filtration systems, clearing dam water, protecting fish, mariculture,

7  Aquaculture Species to Grow

  • Australian native fish, yabbies, marron, spiny fresh water crayfish

Permaculture IV

1  Overview of Permaculture

  • Definition of Permaculture, understanding plant names, environmentally safe pesticides, zones, sectors and cycles in Permaculture design

2  Buildings and Permaculture: The alternatives

  • Indoor/outdoor buildings, storage facilities, building materials

3  Buildings and Permaculture : Integration into the Environment

  • Essential elements for houses in different zones, energy conservation, alternative energy sources

4  Waste Disposal

  • Liquid waste, grey water, blackwater, waste disposal and recycling, nitrogen in waste

5  Recycling

  • Composting, waste water recycling, conservation and recycling, council recycling

6  Designing for Natural Disasters

  • Fire, flood, cyclone, tsunami, biotecture

7  Natural Watering

  • Water efficient gardens, mosquitoes, windmills

8  Indigenous Plants and Animals

  • Wildlife management, birds in the garden, suitable native plants

9  Preparing Management and Development Plans

  • Planning and managing a garden, Permaculture design, work schedules

10 Major Design Project

  • A in depth design project for both your own residence and another property


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How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?Full time classroom based Further Education Courses - Approx. £5,000 per year - Part-time classroom based Adult Education Courses - Approx. £7.00 per hour - N.B. classroom tuition means you learn at the pace of the class. One-to-one private tuition - from £15.00 per hour - ADL one-to-one tution fees - From £340 per 100 Hour Course = Average of £3.40 per hour - N.B. one-to-one tuition is tailored to your own individual learning availability and pace.
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Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments and final evaluation per course/module to be taken.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final evaluation.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
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