Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course

This hands-on intensive Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course will deepen your environmental awareness and will equip you with the tools to design stable systems on any farm, small holding or homestead, economically and sustainably.

When: 19 July to 31 July (excluding weekends)

Times: 8am to 5pm daily

Where: Inspire Permacultures, Bergvliet, Cape Town, South Africa

Numbers: Minimum 12 and Maximum 16

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Course Days:

Thursday 19 July: 8am till 5pm (Course Starts)

Friday 20 July: 8am till 5pm

Saturday 21 July: no class

Sunday 22 July: no class

Monday 23 July: 8am till 5pm

Tuesday 24 July: 8am till 5pm

Wednesday 25 July: 8am till 5pm

Thursday 26 July: 8am till 5pm

Friday 27 July: 8am till 5pm

Saturday 28 July: no class

Sunday 29 July: no class

Monday 30 July: 8am till 5pm

Tuesday 31 July: 8am till 5pm (Course Ends)


Course Skills & Topics:

An introduction to Permaculture, our ethics and design principles.


Various systems to harvest and filter water:

Harvesting and filtering drinking water

How to build a sand filter and their placements (practical)

Grey water harvesting, filtering and composting systems

Anaerobic composting Banana circles (practical)

Alternative hot water systems

Capturing and storing water

The construction and considerations for dams and ponds, gabions, check dams and silt traps


Siphoning (practical)

Irrigation and pumps systems

Building and using an A-frame (practical)

Swales – the functions, marking/planning out of and their construction (practical)


The benefits and considerations of various animals:

Chickens, geese and ducks

Black soldier fly and mealworms




Composting worms (practical)

Wildlife integration

Bees and other essential pollinators (practical)

Attracting beneficial insects and animals, such as ladybirds, owls and bats

Holistic management

Cell grazing

Living fences


Supportive animal feed and housing systems

Attracting beneficial wildlife such as owls, bats and insects ect


Growing food and supportive systems to build up soil nutrition:

Nursery skills and propagation (practical)

Tree pans and net ‘n pan systems (practical)

Market gardens (practical)

Kitchen gardens (practical)

Growing Mushrooms

Moon gardening

Aquaculture, Hydroponics and Aquaponics

Designing and growing windbreak

How to build up a food forest

How to carefully save and store your seeds (practical)

The multiple uses for Bamboo

Vetiver, land rehabilitation and erosion control (Guest facilitator from Kenya, Ecosystem Restoration Camps and Platform For Land Use Sustainability, Jane Nakhana Wegesa Fraser)

Companion planting for plant resilience and pest management (practical)

The importance of having a Mother Bed

Alien plant eradication (practical)

Various composting methods and liquid manure (practical)

Biochar (Guest facilitator from UgandaBEU Permaculture, Mugarura Charles)

Soil analysis (practical)

Living roofs and fences

Planting green manures (practical)

Medicinal and culinary flowers, plants and herbs (practical)

Wild foraging (practical)


Alternative energy:




Rocket stove construction (practical)



And more:

Recycling systems and functions (practical)

Eco-bricks (practical)

Natural fermentation and food preservation

Composting toilets (practical)

Biodegradable personal hygiene and cleaning products (practical)

Where to start in your area?

Applied Permaculture and working with communities at grassroots level (Conference call with Greg Knibbs fromEdge5, Australia)


In summary:

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Concepts & Themes in Design

Module 3: Methods of Design

Module 4: Pattern Understanding

Module 5: Climatic Factors

Module 6: Trees & Their Energy Transactions

Module 7: Water

Module 8: Soils

Module 9: Earth Working & Earth Resources

Module 10: Humid Tropics

Module 11: Dryland Strategies

Module 12: Humid Cool to Cold Climates

Module 13: Aquaculture

Module 14: Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation


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Cost: R6500

This price includes a well formed manual with practical applications and instructions of everything covered in the course. Organic tea and coffee daily. A light organic vegetarian lunch daily. Materials needed for the final design assignment. Pay Online via Credit Card