APT media release — October 2016

MEDIA RELEASE: 5 October 2016


New opportunities in vocational education and training in permaculture have opened up with the inclusion of five qualifications and a skill set in the national Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management (AHC) Training Package.

Endorsed in March 2016, the permaculture offerings comprise 66 units of competency in five qualifications (Certificates I, II, III and IV in Permaculture, and Diploma of Permaculture) as well as a Permaculture Demonstrator Skill Set. Full details are now available on the federal government website, training.gov.au.

The launch of the newly updated qualifications to representatives of the national permaculture community took place at APC13, the thirteenth bi-annual Australasian Permaculture Convergence held in Perth from first to fifth October 2016.

“The inclusion is a significant step for Permaculture Australia. Rarely has a not-for- profit association contributed such a comprehensive set of qualifications to the national education system. Availability of permaculture through the new AHC training package opens enormous opportunities", said APT Working Group spokesperson, Virginia Solomon.

"Permaculture now has a firm footing in vocational education in Australia. As students graduate from the scheme they will be well placed to join the workforce or advance through higher education. Many will take the initiative to find new solutions to the major challenges of our time".

Permaculture is a design system for improving the resilience of communities and for use by social business and institutions – those with a social purpose and mission.


APT was developed by Permaculture Australia, a national, volunteer-based, not-for- profit organisation with a membership base of permaculture practitioners, professional permaculture designers and educators.

A voluntary organisation undertaking the task of developing, then having their course material officially adopted, signifies the level of dedication found among permaculture practitioners.


The idea of developing a national curriculum in permaculture was developed during a series of permaculture gatherings between 2000 and 2002. Accredited Permaculture Training was first officially endorsed as an Accredited Course through Queensland Training in July 2003.

Since then there have been many very successful programs including a Diploma of Permaculture (offered over 18 months to adults) and a Certificate I program (offered over a four year period to over 500 Year 9 students) at Eltham College. Certificates II, III and IV have been offered both face-to-face and by distance education through the National Environment Centre (Riverina Campus of TAFE NSW).

Other educational institution have offered a range of certificate levels.

“Graduates from these training programs are now in paid employment in a range of areas including local government, community development, sustainable food production, alternative energy, sustainable building, teaching and training”.

Now that the qualifications are available through a national training package, many more opportunities will become available.

"It has taken a lot of work by a dedicated group of permaculture educators to achieve inclusion in the new, national AHC training package. Now, at last, we can move forward in offering permaculture in schools, as workplace training and for professional development to skill-up a new generation of permaculture practitioners", said Ms Solomon.

The APT Working Group is developing assessment guides and other training resources and is keen to work with providers to expand the availability of this training.

Launch events are planned around the country in coming months. Anyone interested in gaining practical skills in permaculture or aspiring to deliver this training are invited to contact the APT Working Group of Permaculture Australia.

For more information:
Virginia Solomon, APT Working Group
E: [email protected]
M: 0438 437 919

June 2016 Announcement - AHC Training

Permaculture Australia is pleased and proud to announce that the Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) content has now been included in the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management (AHC) Training Package.

Any students currently enrolled in the Accredited Courses (codes ending in QLD) will have time to complete their studies, but no new enrolments in these courses are possible.

If you are a prospective student or RTO, you can contact the Permaculture Australia APT Working Group by sending an email to [email protected] and we will respond as promptly as possible to your query.


Virginia Solomon has prepared a very informative summary of the history of APT and the transition to AHC...





    I´m form colombia , south america.
    I´m interested in knowing the different alternatives for training in urbam farming.
    Thanks for the information.

  2. elhossine

    i m from morrocco,
    i m interested in knowng the advantage and interests of Permaculture
    thanks for the information.

  3. Marije Mulder

    Hello, I did a PDC in 2011 at SOPI, US. It was an PRI accredited course. My teachers (ao Larry Korn) told me that one would need an internship/ management experience in a Permaculture farm and then an advanced course before one could call her/himself a permaculture professional (designer or teacher). This is consistent with what I read back then on the PRI Australia website.
    Now I see that the World Permaculture Association is organizing an advanced design course (teacher Daniel Halsey) which allowes attendees to become part of the WPA Professional Permaculture Designer Network. Hands-on experience with restoration and/or farmwork is not necessary. To me that seems not a good thing. I think it is crucial that a permaculture designer knows from practical experience how things work. What is your view on this? Best, Marije Mulder

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