Who can award our Permaculture Design Course certificates?

Certifying Teachers Register

What is the Certifying Teachers Register (CTR)?

The CTR is an international list of teachers who are able to certify their PDCs using the Permaculture Association official PDC certificate. The list is overseen by the Education Working Group, and used by the Permaculture Association to respond to requests for Permaculture Association PDC certificates. The registration is currently a free service to members of the Permaculture Association.

Teachers: please read the details and use the CTR forms at the bottom of this page to apply.

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The following teachers are members of the Certifying Teachers Register. They have been authorised to issue the Permaculture Association's Permaculture Design Course (PDC) certificates. Details of the policy follow the list.

  • Caroline Aitken
  • Lusi Alderslowe
  • Chloe Anthony
  • Ludwig Appeltans
  • Aranya
  • Joe Atkinson
  • Graham Bell
  • Gabrielle Buist
  • Graham Burnett
  • Suzie Cahn
  • James Chapman 
  • Steve Charter 
  • Neils Corfield
  • Ruth Cory
  • Peter Cow
  • George Christofis
  • Ras John Cresswell 
  • Alfred Decker
  • Cathrine Dolleris 
  • Chris Evans
  • Rod Everett
  • Heather Jo Flores
  • Klaudia van Gool
  • Andy Goldring
  • Joshua Gomez
  • Ezio Gori
  • Alice Gray
  • Kate Hamilton
  • Jo Holleran
  • Paul Jennings
  • Steve Jones 
  • Looby Macnamara
  • Ben Margolis 
  • Hannah Mole
  • Karen Noon
  • Paul Paine
  • Davie Phillip
  • Helen Pitel
  • Angie Polkey
  • Tomas Remiarz
  • Wilf Richards 
  • Rakesh "Rootsman Rak"
  • Laura Smith 
  • George Sobol
  • Delvin Solkinson
  • Jacob Evans, Asociacion Permacultura en Suryalila 
  • Mich Thill
  • Ed Tyler
  • Pedro Valdoleiros
  • Richard Webb
  • Ben Whelan
  • Helen White
  • Witchhazel Wildwood
  • Samantha Woods


Permaculture Design Course Certificates Policy
Permaculture Association Permaculture Design Course (PDC) certificates are only given out by the Association to people on the Permaculture Association Certifying Teacher’s Register (CTR). 

Why have a policy?

This policy has been created to meet the need of ensuring that teachers offering Permaculture Association (PA) certified Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses have the experience required to deliver the courses effectively.

Policy formation history
This policy was developed in 2013 and 2014, then sent out for consultation to teachers and the Permaculture Association Board of Trustees in 2014. In 2015 it was extensively updated following the comments received. 

How can a teacher get onto the Certifying Teachers Register?

THis is a service for our members, so firstly become a member of the Permaculture Association if you are not already. Consider joining the enhanced membership for teachers, with specialist support, an education portal and regular online discussions - our NEW Educators' Membership.

There are several ways to get onto the CTR - the certificated route, and the non certificated application route.

Certificated route:
Teachers meeting the following 2 criteria are added to the CTR on request:

  • Have a Permaculture Diploma from a Diploma system recognised by the Permaculture Association Diploma Working Group.
  • Have a teaching qualification such as Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) or similar

It is also highly recommended to have done a Permaculture teacher training course.

Permaculture practitioners criteria:
Existing PDC graduates who have -

1. Either taught at some level on at least 5 PDCs,

or have an approved teaching qualification such as PTTLS / PGCE or similar or higher


2. Either are responsible for a LAND centre,

or have been responsible for a substantive permaculture project for a period of at least 2 years and have undergone an assessment equivalent to that for a LAND centre,

or have a Permaculture Diploma from a Diploma system recognised by the Permaculture Association Diploma Working Group.

'Existing PDC' teacher criteria has now ended. All applicants must apply as either 'certified' or 'practitioner'


Ongoing requirements:
To stay on the CTR, teachers need to:

  • Be a member of the Permaculture Association
  • Have filled out and submitted the most recent PDC Core Curriculum Checklist in respect of their PDC's content (the checklist will be updated annually or longer, in response to its inherent feedback loops with teachers and others)

Applying to Join the register
Please complete both the teachers checklist and the application form checklist below, and email them, with a copy of your PDC timetable to [email protected]. There are 2 copies of the application form,  you only need to complete one.