SAI's online Permaculture Diploma Program

Online Permaculture Diploma


The Online Permaculture Diploma Program educates Permaculture students on a career path in Environmental Sciences.

The Online Permaculture Diploma Program gives an applied hands-on experiential education along with the traditional lecture-based course works of Permaculture Design and Sustainable Systems.


Diploma of Permaculture Design, PD.


The Diploma of Permaculture Design, PD., graduate is taught the fundamentals of Permaculture Design and Sustainability which allows them the skill sets to work in Environmental Sciences.

This degree equips the graduate with essential skills and practical experience that could lead to a career in the Environmental or Sustainability Sectors.

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The motto of Permaculture is “Ingenio Patet Campus”,

Latin for the phrase “The Field Lies Open to the Intellect”.

This motto demonstrates integrated field design as a science.

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Permaculture Design Diploma Bill Mollison Founder of Permaculture Design Science

“We already know “How To” build and inhabit Sustainable Systems.

Every essential problem is solved, but in the everyday lives of people, this is hardly apparent.


The wage-slave, peasant, landlord and industrialist alike are deprived of

the leisure and the life spirit that is possible

in a cooperative society which applies its knowledge.


Both wardens and prisoners are equally captive in the society in which we live.”


 Bill Mollison, Founder of Permaculture as a Design Science

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Permaculture Design Science Applied Learnign Tools Permaculture Applied Learning Diploma

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Curriculum – Permaculture Design Diploma

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Learning Pathways – Permaculture Design Diploma

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The Permaculture Design Diploma Program is a continuously open-running enrolment program. There are two pathways to attaining your Certification as a Professional Permaculturalist.


1. Distance Learning Pathway – Theoretical Pathway

The Distance Learning Pathway is a flexible learning schedule which allows the student to progress at their own pace (part-time).


2. Onsite (Rak Tamachat Campus) Learning Pathway – Practical Pathway

The On-campus pathway is an accelerated learning pathway designed to give the full Advanced Permaculture Design Diploma within a period of two months. The students will engage in full-time learning while living at the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute.

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Fee Structure – Permaculture Design Diploma

Fee Structures online Permaculture Design Diploma Program

The Permaculture Design Diploma can be taken in 2 Main Learning Pathways ways which have different Fee Structures.


Permaculture Design Diploma – Distance Learning – 3 Months to 1 Year Online Learning Pathway

Course Fees: 980 USD Total Cost for Diploma of Permaculture Design

  1. oPDC – Permaculture Design Course – 260 USD
  2. oNBC – Natural Building Course – 240 USD
  3. oPCC – Permaculture Design Consulting Course – 240 USD
  4. oPTT – Permaculture Teachers Training Course – 240 USD


Online Permaculture Diploma

– 980.00 USD –

The Program includes:

  • oPDC – Online Permaculture Design Course
  • oNBC – Online Natural Building Course
  • oPCC – Online Permaculture Consulting Course
  • oPTC – Online Permaculture Teacher Training Course
  • 4 Individual Course Certifications
  • 1 Diploma of Permaculture Design
  • 1 Year Access To the Diploma Program





For any questions about our

Permaculture Diploma Program,

feel free to contact us:

On-Campus Option: Hands-On 56 Days, All-Inclusive

At the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute in Thailand

Permaculture Design Diploma: 2,150 USD

Master’s Option – Combined Online Permaculture Design Diploma + Master’s Degree

Total Cost = Online Diploma + Masters

980 USD – Online Diploma of Permaculture Design

985 USD – Online Permaculture Masters’ Degree


Online Permaculture Diploma + Permaculture Master’s Degree

– 1,965.00 USD –

The Program includes:

  • oPDC – Online Permaculture Design Course
  • oNBC – Online Natural Building Course
  • oPCC – Online Permaculture Consulting Course
  • oPTC – Online Permaculture Teacher Training Course
  • 4 Individual Course Certifications
  • 1 Diploma of Permaculture Design
  • 1 Permaculture Master’s Degree
  • 1 Year Access





For any questions about our

Permaculture Diploma and

Permaculture Master’s Degree Programs,

feel free to contact us:

On-Campus Option: Hands-On 112 Days, All-Inclusive

At the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute in Thailand

Permaculture Design Diploma & Master’s Degree: 4,255 USD


Founded on the Principles and Ethics


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Open Universities and Permaculture Design Science Diploma Program

Open Universities and Permacultures Foundations as a Design Science Diploma Program

From the beginning, the determination of Permaculture Institutes has been to concentrate on going to the people, not locking themselves away in fixed Institutions, unavailable to people who live in remote locations, in poverty, or who are now “illiterate” in terms of major languages (although very literate verbally, and a mine of knowledge).

Thus, teachers have given courses in very remote and sometimes dangerous areas, and will always continue to do so. These certificated courses allow students to achieve Applied Diplomas of Permaculture Design following on two or more years of activity.

The Sustainable Agriculture Institute, in partnership with the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute, set up the Institute as an open ‘University’, and gives these certificate courses and accredited Permaculture Design Diploma in accordance with ISO 21001:2018(en) — Educational organizations, as pertaining to Management systems requirements for educational organizations.

Here, you may look over the Standard which all S.A.I. Institutes operate in accordance with:

The International Standards Organization (ISO) is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards.

Our wish is for every person to have access to a Certificated Permaculture Design Course, to know how to design sustainable houses, villages, economies, and land use systems.

To eventually achieve a widespread education in Permaculture, we must always concentrate on “letting teachers loose” in their own cultures, using their own languages, and teaching their own people.

However, while this work continues, the Sustainable Agriculture Institute operates as an Open University delivering knowledge of Permaculture Design and Sustainable Living to as wide an audience as possible with Permaculture Design Courses, Natural Building Courses, and Higher Level Permaculture Design Diplomas.

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Educational Quality Assurance of Permaculture Diploma Programs

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Rak Tamachat Permaculture Research and Education Institute (Rak Tamachat) has partnered with the Sustainable Education Institute (S.A.I.) to allow for the distribution of the Permaculture Design Curriculum through the S.A.I. Learning Management Systems (LMS).

The LMS assures that the Permaculture Design Curriculum is delivered in accordance with all International Standards for Quality Management Systems, as pertaining to Higher Education Requirements.

The S.A.I. LMS controls the Permaculture Design Learning Journey through rigorous adherence to the following:


1. Pedagogical Plan – seeks to embody a learning design, articulating it in a hierarchical structure that incorporates degrees of abstraction suitable for supporting reflection, communication, and reuse.

2. Taxonomy Plan – sets a specific organizational structure for the delivery of online Permaculture Design Curriculum; in short, it controls the curriculum management through the use of the Learning Managment Systems, LMS.

3. Curriculum Management Plan – S.A.I. provides support in the development of curriculum guides that are of high quality, well aligned, provide an adequate cognitive challenge, and articulated vertically with antecedent and subsequent learnings.

4. Quality Assurance Certification – The Quality Assurance Management Systems for application of Higher Education Requirements, as adopted and implemented by e-campus Education LMS, meets the requirements as outlined by ISO for the Standardization of Educational practices across international borders.

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Permaculture Diploma Programs and Sustainability

Permaculture Design Diploma and Sustainability

What is the traditional definition of “Sustainability?”


Sustainability is most often defined as:

meeting the legitimate needs of the present generation without diminishing the ability of future generations to meet their needs as well.”

This “shallow” sustainability usually focuses on making our current systems more sustainable; that is, reforming our agricultural, transportation, and energy systems by increasing efficiency and substituting non-sustainable materials and energy with more sustainable alternatives.

Permaculture Design goes beyond this simple definition by focusing on the root problem, not a quick fix solution. In Permaculture Design “The Problem is the Solution“.

For example, this type of sustainability would aim to correct our transportation crisis by creating more efficient cars which use alternative fuels.

Permaculture Design recognizes that there is a difference between doing things right and doing the right thing. Basic sustainability focuses on doing things right, on the means we use to accomplish an end.

Permaculture Design addresses the ends themselves.

The Permaculture Design Diploma Curriculum teaches that the correct approach to say the “Transportation Problem” would focus on the creation of higher quality of life. This would put the focus on the solution of creating lifestyles where people are able to meet their needs close to where they live so that the need for automobile transportation is greatly reduced.

The development of Sustainable businesses, societies, and communities is dependent upon those entities being comprised of highly developed individuals.

Such development means doing more with less. It means creating a higher quality of life while consuming fewer resources. Sustainability is about creating a thriving world in which we lead rich, productive, and fulfilling lives — without depleting the environment or ourselves.

To fully meet our responsibility to current and future generations, we must connect with our own inner nature and take action.

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Permaculture Design Diploma & Environmental Science

Environmental Sciences in Permacultrue Design Diploma Online

What is Environmental Science?

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical, biological and information sciences (including ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, plant science, zoology, mineralogy, oceanology, limnology, soil science, geology, physical geography – geodesy – and atmospheric science) to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems.

Environmental studies also incorporate social sciences for a deeper understanding of human relationships, perceptions, and policies towards the environment. Environmental engineering focuses on design and technology in order to improve environmental quality in every aspect.


What can I do with a Permaculture Design Diploma in Environmental Science?

An environmental science degree equips you with essential skills and practical experience that could lead to a career in the environment sector or a range of other occupations.


Job Options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental education officer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental manager
  • Marine biologist
  • Nature conservation officer
  • Recycling officer
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Waste management officer
  • Water quality scientist

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Environmental health practitioner
  • Landscape architect
  • Town planner
  • Toxicologist
  • Transport planner


Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don’t restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

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Who is the Permaculture Design Diploma Intended For?

Who is the Permaculture Design Diploma Intended For.

Recent Permaculture Design Course Graduates

The Permaculture Diploma Program is perfect for Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Graduates who would like to take a “Deep Dive” into the world of Permaculture Design in order to help foster a possible career path in Environmental Science. You will learn what it takes to be a Professional Permaculture Consultant with Advanced Permaculture Design, including all the professional level documentation, and Permaculture Master Planning Techniques to support your Environmental Science career path.


Practicing Permaculturalists

You may have taken your Permaculture Design Course and headed straight into building your Permaculture Paradise. Now you are looking to expand your basic knowledge of Permaculture Design by learning more Advanced Permaculture Design. This could be just to make you a more well-rounded and Certified Professional Permaculturalist, or you may have aspirations to take your Permaculture Practice to the next level by trying your hand at Permaculture Consulting, teaching or working in the Environmental Science Field.


Permaculture Consultants

If you are a Practicing Permaculture Consultant, you can refresh your knowledge of Advanced Permaculture Design by learning the Permaculture Consulting Techniques as practiced by the Rak Tamachat Permaculture Design Consultancy. You will be able to compare your processes and pick up many new tips and tricks to help make your Permaculture Consultancy more profitable and better able to serve your clients and the environment at large.

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Professional Permaculture Designer Certification

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Permaculture Designer Diploma Certificate Awards


As a graduate of the online Diploma of Permaculture Design, PD., you will be awarded a full Diploma of Permaculture Design as bestowed upon the graduates of the Rak Tamachat on-campus Diploma, for the online Permaculture Design Diploma contains all the components that the on-campus students are taught. You can learn all the Design Theory, Design Science, Design Strategies and Implementation Strategies from the convenience of your home, and get a fully certified and recognized Professional Permaculture Designer Diploma.

Becoming a professional Permaculture Designer is a life-changing experience and we are proud to be the choice of many of the leading Permaculturists entering the Permaculture Design market, whether it be for designing their own farms, working to learn to be a Permaculture Design Educator or a Permaculture Design Consultant.

You can never stop learning about Permaculture, the journey will take you to places you have never imagined. Learn more about SAI’s Masters of Sustainability in Permaculture Design Here.

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Not Convinced? Why Not Take Our Free Permaculture Design Course Introduction!


We love being able to offer to the world something that is Truly Free!

The Sustainable Agriculture Institute and Rak Tamachat Permaculture Institute have offered to the world two complete Chapters of the Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual – as taught on our Physical Permaculture Design Courses – for Free in the Online Permaculture Design Course Introduction.

Also feel free to share this amazing opportunity with those who may not be able to take a PDC due to poor circumstances. We think everyone has the right to know about Permaculture!

Free online Permaculture Design Course Introduction

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