Your PDC Certification

Your Permaculture Design Certificate is an internationally recognized achievement that you have completed the required 72-hour permaculture curriculum in the Holistic Homestead Academy.

Certification Benefits:

  • Giving you the complete picture to design and create sustainable gardens, homes, and communities
  • Understanding how the individual can improve our global climate issues
  • Adds credentials to your resume for those seeking to use permaculture professionally
  • Gives clients confidence in your knowledge-base
  • Eligible for a Permaculture Diploma

For those who wish to continue their permaculture education and take it an advanced or professional level, your PDC gives you eligibility to apply for a permaculture diploma from places such as PINA or The Permaculture Institute.

This course is SELF PACED but you will have three deadlines to choose between to finish the course by in 2020.

To receive your PDC, you need to complete the requirements below and submit your final project by the certification deadline listed on this page.


You need to complete 90% of these course video lessons* to qualify for your permaculture design certificate: 

  • Permaculture Literacy: Track 1
  • Permaculture Design: Track 2
  • Practical Application: Track 3

*Since not every lesson is helpful for every person you are allowed to skip 10% of the course video lessons, but we recommended of course watching as close to every lesson as you can 🙂

You need to complete these assignments to qualify for your permaculture design certificate: 

  • Holistic Goals Worksheet (Track 2 Module 1.5)
  • A Site, Garden, Food Forest design which includes (in most cases):
    • Site Assessment Worksheet (Track 2 Module 3.1)
    • SWOT (Track 2 Module 3.2)
    • Base Map (Track 2 Module 4.1)
    • Field Map(Track 2 Module 5.1)
    • Sector Analysis (Track 2 Module 5.2)
    • Land Analysis Layers (Track 2 Module 6.1)
    • Zone Analysis (Track 2 Module 6.2)
    • Site Design
    • Implementation Plan

Your goal of the Site Design is to gain an understanding of the design process and execute a site design from start to finish, incorporating the permaculture principles, tools and techniques learned in the HHA program to improve the sites sustainability, resilience or productivity.


  1. Due to the unique nature of the design process, the individuals and the sites, not every portion of the site design will apply to everyone. If you feel something isn’t relevant to your design please contact Bret to discuss further.
  2. Designs can be hand drawn or digital
  3. You are NOT graded on artistic ability
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Submitting Your Work

  • Step 1: Add your name to the Student Graduation Commitment List.
  • Step 2: Notify Bret of your chosen date for certification by announcing in the Facebook group the date you have committed yourself to (tag me)!
  • Step 2: Email your Goals Worksheet to Bret once complete
  • Step 4: Submit each stage of your design via email to Bret for feedback when requested in the lessons.
    • 1) Completing your Holistic Goals worksheet (Module 1)
    • 2) Completing your basemap, fieldmap, sector analysis & observation layers (Module 7)
    • 3) Completing your Site Design (Anticipating Module 11 as of this moment)
  • Step 5: Share your final design and summary in the Facebook Group and with Bret by the certification deadline


Certification Deadlines:
March 1st, 2020
June 1st, 2020
September 1st, 2020

Declare Your Graduation Date:

Add Your Name to the Graduation Commitment List.

Then tag Bret in the Facebook group to announce your date!


  • Zach Hunt says:

    Signed my name for the 1st of June. Very excited to be a part of this course, and this movement!

  • Patrick Sant says:

    Good day to all of you, I am on day one! And have signed up to complete by September 2020. Unfortunately I do not have facebook or any other social media outlet so is this the best way to communicate with everyone?

  • Nadia Baer says:

    I’m still not sure how long it will take me to complete everything… by when do I have to commit to a date? Or is there even a deadline? PS: I’m having a blast with the course! Thank you!

    • Bret James says:

      Hey Nadia 🙂

      The course is self-paced so no there isn’t a deadline, simple a self imposed deadline. If you can finish 1 modules in all 3 tracks each month that means it would take 12 months to complete, or if you can do 2 modules in all 3 tracks it would take 6 months to complete. Also if you select a graduation date and don’t make it you can always move it later. Nothing hard and concrete here – just something to help people manage time and shoot for a date to ensure they complete the program.

      • Nadia says:

        Ok, thanks! Your response raises another question. My plan was to complete all modules in Literacy, then complete all in Design, and then complete all Application modules. And then I would finish whatever the last requirements are for the PDC Certificate (along with doing the bonus modules). Are you suggesting that it’s best to move through all three main Tracks at the same time?

        • Bret James says:

          Hey Nadia, Yes the course is designed to go through all three tracks at the same time, similar to how you take several classes during a semester of school. So they tie together and often support one another. Let me know if there are any more questions!

  • Drew says:

    I’ve gone through probably 25% to 35% of the course and planning on getting back online hopefully this winter/ spring time to finish the rest. So, I decided I’m going to try and it the September 2020 deadline.

  • Jessica Styron says:

    Hiii, I added my name to the September 2020 deadline 🙂 I can’t seem to tag you in the Facebook group Bret James, so figured I’d leave a heads up here.

  • Krystal Moland says:

    hi just entered September 2020 just want to make sure it saved.
    thanks Krystal

  • Rebecca Allen says:

    If I choose the 9/1/2020 deadline but finish early enough to qualify for an earlier deadline, can I get my certification at the earlier deadline?

  • Angela Martin says:

    In submitting your work step 3, it states to submit your work for feedback when it is requested. I am past some of the lessons listed above yet I did not see where it is requested, or will I get those once I commit to a date (obviously March but I have not done it on the facebook group yet)?
    Thank you

    • Bret James says:

      Hey Angela,

      To clarify, there are 3 points when you need to hand in work:

      1) Completing your Holistic Goals worksheet (Module 1)
      2) Completing your basemap, fieldmap, sector analysis & observation layers (Module 7)
      3) Completing your Site Design (Anticipating Module 11 as of this moment)

      So you are on target!

  • Linda Linnaranta says:

    Hi Bret! If I finish the assignments for example in June, will it be evaluated after the Autumn deadline or once I’m ready with everything? What I’m thinking is whether you give certificates before the deadline as well or only after everyone aiming for the deadline has submitted their work. March might be a bit early for me and August feels too far for my self-discipline 😉 Thank you for the clarifications regarding the requirements of the certificate!

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