Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) is training that leads to the award of national vocational qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework. APT provides qualifications in Permaculture at Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma levels. APT is owned by Permaculture International Ltd (PIL) on behalf of the permaculture community. APT courses can only be provided by PIL approved APT trainers working directly or in partnership with a PIL approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO). APT courses need to meet both permaculture and national vocational training standards. Full-time courses are Austudy approved. RTOs that offer APT qualifications are required to offer Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Current Competence for the units of competency they deliver in those qualifications. This means that you may be able to use your existing permaculture or related credentials and experience to assist you to gain APT qualifications or credits.
Permaculture Design Course (PDC)
A PDC is the 72-hour course curriculum of The Permaculture Institute, as originally developed by Bill Mollison, the co founder of Permaculture. Successful PDC participants are awarded a PDC Certificate of Completion which is the minimum requirement for permaculture teachers and consultants. The PDC certificate is recognised internationally by the permaculture community, is a prerequisite for attending national and international permaculture designers convergences, and a requirement of membership of Permaculture International Ltd - as such it represents a global permaculture ‘industry standard’. PDC’s can vary according to local context and the skills and experience of teachers.