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Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture) 400 Hours Advanced Certificate Course
Learn About Permaculture
Permaculture Online Course
Study an ADL Advanced Certificate in Permaculture online course through our distance learning programme to help advance or begin a new career
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.
Lesson Structure: Advanced Certificate in Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture)
- The basic theory and ethics of Permaculture
2 The Environment
- Ecosystems, the web of life and interactions between living organisms
- 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
1 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.
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
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
- 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
Learning Goals: Advanced Certificate in Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture)
- Discuss the nature and scope of Permaculture
- Apply an understanding of environmental systems to considerations given to how a Permaculture system is designed
- Describe soils and the impact their characteristics have upon natural and man made environments
- Explain the application of this knowledge to Permaculture
- Describe characteristics of climate and water, and the impact their characteristics have upon natural and man made environments
- Explain the application of this knowledge to Permaculture
- Describe forest systems and their relevance to Permaculture design
- Understand use and establishment of Permaculture gardens
- Understand basic principles of permaculture design
- Understand the role and function of zones in permaculture systems
- Develop knowledge of natural pest, disease, and weed control methods
- Understand the principles behind companion planting, and its function in permaculture gardens
- Understand the features of, and applications for appropriate technology in permaculture design
- Develop knowledge of the use of water gardens in permaculture design
- Develop knowledge of a range of plants suitable for permaculture systems
- Develop knowledge of a range of plants suitable for permaculture systems
- Design a Mandala garden
- Understand the principles behind integration of animals in permaculture systems
- Understand the role of insects and other small animals in permaculture systems
- Understand the role of poultry and bees in the permaculture system
- Develop knowledge of the role of grazing animals in permaculture systems
- Understand the role of aquaculture production systems in permaculture
- Develop knowledge of the range of aquaculture species available for permaculture systems
- Develop knowledge of the alternative materials and features available for buildings in permaculture systems
- Understand the role of buildings in the permaculture environment
- Develop knowledge of the range and function of waste disposal methods suitable for permaculture systems
- Understand the role of recycling in modern society
- Develop knowledge of how to design for natural disasters
- Develop knowledge of water efficient irrigation techniques
- Understand the role of indigenous plants and animals in permaculture systems.
- Develop skills in preparing management and development plans
- Perform a major design project
Practical (Set Tasks)
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,