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CV90 - Graduate Certificate in Permaculture Design


Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

Australia, along with the rest of the world, is experiencing changes in climate that will have a significant impact on social, cultural, economic and environmental systems. There is an urgent need to promote more sustainable and regenerative patterns of living in order to meet the needs of current and future generations. This course provides you with an understanding of the ethics, principles and design practices of permaculture to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to these changes and help individuals, organisations and communities build resilience and flourish in the face of these transitions. In the Graduate Certificate in Permaculture Design you will study the application of permaculture and regenerative design in the key domains of land and nature stewardship, built environment, tools and technology, education and culture, health and wellbeing, finance and economics, and community governance. The Graduate Certificate in Permaculture Design will provide you with the skills necessary to work and live more sustainably. In this course, you will learn to apply and promote the ethics, principles and practices of permaculture in a variety of settings. The Graduate Certificate will enhance your potential to apply the ethics and principles of permaculture within your discipline or profession, or to find employment as a permaculture consultant, designer or educator. You will study using online/distance modes as well as attending residential schools, designed to develop the skills needed to empower you to create more sustainable and regenerative futures. Please note that this course is currently only available in a part time study mode.

Career Information

There is an emerging global interest in permaculture from across a variety of disciplines - from civil engineering to town planning, and from landscape gardening to environmental health and beyond. Graduates of this course will have the skills, knowledge and experience to apply permaculture ethics and design principles in their existing professions, knowledge-base or discipline. They will be able to apply the ethics and principles of permaculture in a variety of professional settings and enhance their potential to become consultants, designers and educators in permaculture.

Course Details
Duration 0.5 years full-time or 1 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 24
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) GradCertPermDes
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Certificate

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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Entry Scores
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Entry Requirements

To gain entry to this course, you must have a Bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian University.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

Environmental Science, Geography, Agriculture, Sustainability, Anthropology, Humanities or Social Sciences.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School The core unit, Permaculture Design in Practice, requires that all students attend a residential school.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2017 12
2016 31
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Analyse the history, theory and development of permaculture, and evaluate its potential to provide sustainable solutions to local and global environmental and socio-cultural challenges
  • 2. Situate and analyse the ethics, principles and practices of permaculture within the broader social, economic and political context of the social and environmental justice movements
  • 3. Interpret a client project brief and conduct practical analyses in order to design, communicate, implement and evaluate a permaculture project
  • 4. Critique and evaluate permaculture designs for their short and long term benefits, costs, impacts and sustainability
  • 5. Evaluate and communicate how a property, business or organisation using conventional approaches would benefit from using permaculture ethics and design principles.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PERM20001 Introduction to Permaculture: Ethics & Principles
PERM20002 Creating Permaculture Solutions
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PERM20004 Permaculture Design in Practice
PERM20003 Permaculture and Regenerative Agricultural Systems
More Details
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