Next step – Certificate III Permaculture

I’ve decided to keep going with this permaculture journey by signing up for a Certificate III in Permaculture which is a nationally accredited course. I’m not specifically chasing the piece of paper but it might come in handy down the track depending on what I end up doing. As I understand it, it’s a very hands-on course and builds on and puts into practice all the things we’ve only touched on in the PDC.

The PDC has been great so far but I still feel far from confident from doing a permaculture design over a property from scratch and that’s what I’m really chasing at this point. The knowledge and skills to be able to confidently walk onto a “blank canvas” property, whether that’s an urban block or a rural acreage, and design a truly sustainable, efficient working property which includes:

  • house (passive solar design)
  • garden (orchard / vegetables / compost / food forest)
  • animals (worms / poultry…no Jeff, we are not getting a cow!)
  • water capture (tanks / dam)
  • waste treatment (greywater / blackwater)
  • energy production (solar panels/wind turbine)
The Certificate III is a 15 unit course with six assignments held on seven weekends over a year. Dr Ross Mars (who did the session on water for the PDC) runs it from his property in Glen Forrest up in the hills. 
Core units
  • Provide information of integrated plant and animal systems
  • Maintain an integrated plant and animal system.
  • Undertake a site assessment
  • Sample soils and analyse results
  • Undertake sampling and testing of water
  • Research and share information on a Permaculture project
Automatic Electives (eight) 9 out of the following selection)
  • Plan organic garden and orchard systems.
  • Establish a rural permaculture system OR Establish an urban permaculture system.
  • Install and maintain water systems in permaculture systems.
  • Install structures for permaculture systems.
  • Read and interpret property maps and plans.
  • Implement property improvement, construction or repair.
  • Monitor weather conditions.
  • Control Plant Pests, diseases and disorders.
(Choose any ONE out of the following selection)
  • Co-ordinate a permaculture crop regulation program.
  • Co-ordinate the use of weedy plants in a system.
  • Carry out animal care and maintenance.
  • Co-ordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products.
  • Co-ordinate community projects.