Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course is an internationally-recognized, 72-hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.

The PDC serves as foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute Asia. Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world.


To date, thousands of permaculture designers worldwide have been certified through this course, and now comprise a global network of educators, ecological activists who influence major corporations, individuals creating new business alternatives and groups of committed people working together to change the way we view and design into our landscapes.

The course covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. It includes the application of permaculture ethics and principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.


The Curriculum is based on all subjects in: "PERMACULTURE: A Designers’’ - Manual by Bill Mollison. Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites to consider during the course.


Topics covered include:

  • Ethics, theory and principles of permaculture
  • Methods of design
  • Understanding patterns in nature
  • Water harvesting and management
  • Trees & their energy transactions
  • Eco-friendly house placement and design
  • Energy efficient architecture
  • Energy conservation techniques for cold climates
  • Earthworks & their use in water harvesting and earth repair
  • Soils
  • Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
  • Organic food production
  • Animals systems and Livestock
  • Aquaculture
  • Humid tropics climates
  • The temperate climates
  • Humid cool climates
  • Dry lands
  • Strategies for urban and rural settings
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Right livelihood
  • Catastrophe preparedness and prevention
  • Money and finance
  • Ethical investment
  • Bio regional organization
  • Effective working groups and AID


The course will be conducted in accordance with the internationally standards and curriculum. The 72 hours of course work required to receive the International Permaculture Design Certificate will be covered over a 13-day period. This course is a classroom course with small amounts of hands-on practice daily in the late afternoons.  All students are required to be present for the full two weeks if they wish to receive the certificate.


Date 15/01/2017 - 27/01/2017
Class hours 09:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 15:30
Hands On 16:00 - 17:30


SAE LAO project is based in Ban Nathong, 7km West of Vang Vieng in the Vientiane Province of Lao PDR. Around 300m from the blue lagoon, a beautiful and popular tourist destination, the project is on the edge of the forest, surrounded by dramatic limestone mountains and rice fields.


Regular tuition fee for the 72-hour certified PDC is 600 Euro, with an early-bird discount of 100 Euro for full payments prior to November 30, 2016.  We also offer an NGO special price* of 480 Euro.


This includes dormitory accommodation and food as well as teaching. However, if participants would like to have private rooms, the additional cost for a private room, just off site, is an additional 40 Euro per week (double room).


The number of participants is limited to 20 people, first come first served.


*If you work for an NGO and believe that permaculture could help your organization achieve its goals, please email us about the NGO discounted rate. Unfortunately the additional cost for private accommodation is not included in the discount.


Howard Story

The January 2017 PDC course will be taught by Howard Story, a permaculture consultant, designer and teacher with a formal training in Natural resource economics, engineering and permaculture-based regenerative whole systems design.


Howard trained extensively in USA, Canada and Asia where he took his PDC, followed by: Permaculture Earthworks,  Permaculture Teacher Training,  Permaculture Aid Worker Training and a permaculture internship in Thailand.

His training at PRI Asia led to his involvement with design work connected to many of WWOOF Thailand’s over 135 sustainable farms and Permaculture projects and well as work in Laos and Cambodia.


He is presently consulting with WWOOF Thailand where he is founder and coordinator for Thailand.