Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma

Program Overview

The Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma is a 9-month program that provides training for participants who are interested in creating regenerative food systems and lifestyles within the context of the development of resilient ecosystems. This program provides robust curriculum in permaculture design, going above and beyond basic permaculture training while also including courses in business planning and project management, community development, natural building, and food and medicine systems. The curriculum for this diploma program is comprised of all 3 certificate programs within the School of Permaculture Design. 

Length: 9 months
Offered: 3 entry points annually

Hours: 720 total
Program Enrolment: Maximum 20

My experience in the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma has been life altering in all of the best ways. The way I look at the world, at our ecosystems and at our history as individuals and a society has forever been changed. The value of understanding regenerative farming, sustainable practices and how to thrive while practicing permaculture principles are priceless. I am grateful for all of the instructors that shared their passions with us and continue to plant seeds of inspiration and knowledge for a brighter future.

– Nikki Wilkinson, Alumnus

Why Pacific Rim College?

The Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems program is the first of this caliber and scope in the world.
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Graduates are poised to be leaders in the permaculture realm and can seek employment as permaculture designers, greenhouse/nursery management, horticulture and/or sustainable agriculture business, herbal medicine production, and processing, as a natural building apprentice, and in sustainable community development.
All programs at Pacific Rim College are approved by the Canadian Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (Private Training Institutions Branch) and Canada Student Loans.
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Pacific Rim College is actively engaged in many forms of environmental stewardship including 100% green energy offsets for our campus, the highest eco-certification, and planting of 10 trees in British Columbia for every program graduate.

What You’ll Learn:

Key Learning Outcome #1

To establish and sustain abundant, regenerative food systems by deploying appropriate permaculture principles, techniques, and design approaches.

Key Learning Outcome #2

To build community through placemaking: participation in local restoration work, ethical wild harvesting, and herbal medicine-making.

Key Learning Outcome #3

Development of hands-on proficiency building soil, performing plant and tree care, harnessing water and energy flows, and undertaking natural building projects.

Key Learning Outcome #4

Engagement and networking with the Pacific Northwest’s thriving and dynamic permaculture community.

Key Learning Outcome #5

Employment preparation in permaculture design and related fields with multidisciplinary business instruction.

To me, the PDRE program embodies holism in every sense of the word. It is a re-remembrance of what it means to be a human on this earth, and reminds us how to co-create with the land and its people in an inventive, harmonious way that celebrates the unique gifts and contributions of all. When I think back to all that I have experienced through this program, I recall how it felt to make a hawthorn tincture, or learn how to sheet mulch, or taste a medlar for the first time. It has taught me a deeper, more grounded way of interacting with the past and the future in this pivotal time on earth – honouring where we come from, learning how to be a good ancestor.

– Dominique Argan, Alumnus

Core Program Instructors

 

Curriculum

Below is a list of all courses included in the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma program. Please click on course links below to see more course information including descriptions and prerequisites.

Food and Medicine Systems

FMS102
3 credits 3
40 hours 40
FMS103
2 credits 2
35 hours 35
FMS104
2 credits 2
35 hours 35
FMS105
4 credits 4
60 hours 60
FMS201
2 credits 2
35 hours 35
FMS202
2 credits 2
35 hours 35
FMS203
1 credit 1
20 hours 20
FMS204
2 credits 2
35 hours 35
Total
 
18 credits 18 crds
295 hours 295 hrs

Natural Building Techniques

NBT102
4 credits 4
60 hours 60
Total
 
4 credits 4 crds
60 hours 60 hrs

Permaculture Design

PERM102
1 credit 1
20 hours 20
PERM103
1 credit 1
20 hours 20
PERM104
1 credit 1
20 hours 20
PERM105
4 credits 4
60 hours 60
PERM106
2 credits 2
35 hours 35
PERM107
3 credits 3
40 hours 40
PERM108
3 credits 3
40 hours 40
PERM201
2 credits 2
30 hours 30
PERM202
4 credits 4
70 hours 70
Total
 
21 credits 21 crds
335 hours 335 hrs

Permaculture Workshop

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Permaculture Workshops
2 credits 2
30 hours 30
Total
 
2 credits 2 crds
30 hours 30 hrs

Total Requirements

Food and Medicine Systems
18 credits 18
295 hours 295
Natural Building Techniques
4 credits 4
60 hours 60
Permaculture Design
21 credits 21
335 hours 335
Permaculture Workshop
2 credits 2
30 hours 30
Grand Total
 
45 credits 45 crds
720 hours 720 hrs

 

Learning Sites

This program is offered primarily at the college’s two herb farms: Ravenhill Herb Farm and Tiny Tree Herb Farm. These farms are located on the beautiful and fertile Saanich Peninsula, about 25 minutes north of our downtown campus. 

Ravenhill Herb Farm is a locally-run farm overlooking the Saanich Inlet of the Salish Sea. This 10-acre west coast oasis grows food, medicinal herbs, and culinary herbs, all organically, for the community and is dedicated to sharing knowledge of sustainable living and permaculture practices. The farm also is home to many happy animals including goats, livestock guardian dogs, and chickens.

Tiny Tree Herb Farm is located near the coastal community of Brentwood Bay overlooking the Malahat. This 6-acre farm organically grows a variety of food, along with medicinal and culinary herbs, trees and mushrooms. The rich soil, spring-fed water and ample sun exposure makes it a beautiful place to grow.

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Study Options

The Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma program is offered on a full-time basis (20 hours per week of study) from February through November, spanning three semesters. It is comprised of 3 stand-alone certificate programs, which can be taken individually, and combined into this diploma program.

Most of the coursework is scheduled Monday through Thursday with 2 workshop intensives on weekends. 

This program and all learning components include year-round outdoor learning in all weather elements and regularly includes physically demanding activities.

 2020 
2021 
Permaculture and Holistic Management CertificatePostponed due to pandemic restrictionsFebruary-April
Permaculture and Regenerative Systems CertificatePostponed due to pandemic restrictionsMay-July
Permaculture Design CertificatePostponed due to pandemic restrictionsSeptember-November

Admissions

Admission into the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma program at Pacific Rim College is on a competitive basis. Entering students must have a high school diploma or an equivalency test. In addition, all non-native English speaking applicants must demonstrate a mastery of written and spoken English. Any foreign applicant may be required to submit an official score report from an English proficiency exam such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System).

 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Program are broken down as follows:

  • – A $500 non-refundable registration fee (tuition adjusted in final semester) and a signed student contract is required for acceptance into this program.
    – Tuition for the first and second semesters is $3300 each and for the third semester $2800. Payment is due 15 days prior to the published start date of each semester.
    – A $100 program supply fee is due with each semester’s tuition payment. 

Please click here for a description of Academic Fees in PDF format.

Financial Aid

This program is approved for Canada Student Loans. British Columbia residents can apply for student loans online through StudentAid BC. Students can also pick up a paper application from PRC or any other academic institution registered with Canada Student Loans. For non-British Columbia residents, please visit hrsdc.gc.ca for information about Canada Student Loans.

For a list of all financial aid programs available to PRC students, please visit our Financial Aid page.

 

Post-Graduation

Graduates of the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma program will have the distinction of having completed an unprecedented program. They will be poised to be leaders in the permaculture realm and can seek employment as permaculture designers, in greenhouse/nursery management, in a horticulture and/or sustainable agriculture business, in herbal medicine production and processing, as a natural building apprentice, and in sustainable community development.

 

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