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I have a son with special needs, so traveling is difficult and we have a strict budget. I found this online PDC and I am wondering if anyone can tell me more about it. It looks like an affordable option
https://sustainable-agriculture-institute.education/contact-us/
 
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Better link

https://sustainable-agriculture-institute.education/online-courses-programs/online-permaculture-design-course-opdc/
 
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I appreciate the link ... after rummaging thru the materials as best I could, it seems like this site offers a reasonably priced, structured, online PDC that one could go through, and come out the other end with these elements:

1. online course (if you are good with this method of teaching), LMS (recognized system of confirming you did training)
2. structured materials (videos, etc)
3. requirements to getting several levels of certificates (completion of training cert, cert for completing a design or master plan), materials (guidelines) to support creating the design, and ending up with an overall  PDC certification.

For $200, I wish they:

a. were accredited by some permaculture org (still researching who *is* accredited, if anybody)
b. threw in the pdc bible, but that is a minor quibble ...
c. possibly set up a test thru the testing agencies (these prove to folks that you passed a test)

As I need to complete a permaculture design for our property, this seems a reasonable approach to learning about all that which I know nothing about yet, and going (on a long journey) from there ...

Still, a cert, even from something non-accredited, seems better than nothing ... everyone wants certs these days.

I think this seems a good deal, at the moment ...
 
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Apparently, there is no "certification" ... there are only "certificates of completion" for taking the common 72-hour PDC course, initially developed back in the 80's? So, you'll have to rummage thru each websites' offerings of this material to see:

1. how much they charge for it
2. what format and materials do you get it in
3. is their version of this 72 hours of materials better than any other, if you can determine this
4. who teaches it, how long have they been teaching it, and so on ...
5. give up on accreditation and "being certified", and just take the course from somebody, anybody ...

And then, spend many more years learning all you can, by any means possible, on or off the internet ... just the same as learning about any other craft or trade.

So, the OP's site for online training seems to meet the basics, and once done with that, then you start the real journey ....

As best I can tell ...
 
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All PDC courses seem to be built around the 72-hour core of permaculture.org's (Mollison) materials, and range in price from the above $200 to many thousands of dollars, depending on the format of the core material, the instructors, and the venue; you'll receive a certificate of completion training if it's an official 72-hour course (although each company seems to self-certify their training/materials) ... you may not end up with "the book" at all.

I ended up getting the Udemy.com version of Permaculture.org's PDC materials (mollison/lawton 2005 video lecture series ... 54 hours of video) for about $20 on special; this does not include a "pdc certificate of completion", which I don't need. When combined with the Mollison book "Permaculture Designers Manual", available online, this will form the core of self-study for my purposes, and the final design project would be my own 40-acre property. Permaculture will take years to ultimately "master", so that is just on-going effort after this round of self-study and my own design project ...

Hope this helps anyone else trying to figure the "training" (and certificates), the costs, etc.
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