The Core Curriculum sets out the topics that will be covered on a Permaculture Association certified PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) course.

November 2021: the curriculum is under review. This latest review is in light of equity considerations. We have updated the curriculum to better reflect the world we live in now. It has been reviewed by external equity partners, the Education Working Group, and is now being peer reviewed.


Note to students: If anything on the core curriculum is missing from your course, please ask your teacher to explain why this is.


Note to teachers: please use the checklist below to self-certify that your course meets the curriculum, as per the Certifying Teachers Register policy ongoing requirements.


Online Courses 

Please both students and teachers - pay particular attention to sections 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 and 5.8 of the core curriculum.