Information for RTOs and schools 

Information sheet 1

Vocational Educational and Training in Permaculture now available

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Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) courses have been offered since 2003, and now five qualifications and a skill set have been included in the new Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management Training Package.

RTOs are encouraged to add these qualifications to their scope of registration as Permaculture represents a unique, multi-disciplinary approach to tackling the major issues of our time, such as food, water and energy security, soil degradation and erosion, loss of biodiversity, the effects of extreme weather events, ever-increasing societal need and the importance of resilience in the ways in which we design our lives.


Permaculture offers a way for us to tackle the big issues like global warming at the personal and household level.”  …Russ Grayson

Permaculture Australia is developing assessment guides, and has a register of trainers qualified to teach these courses in many parts of Australia.

Qualifications available are:

Who is qualified to teach these qualifications?

Trainers and assessors must have a current Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, as required for all vocational training with any Registered Training Organisation. For Certificate III, IV and Diploma, they must also have a current qualification in permaculture including the unit/s of competency they are teaching or assessing. To deliver Certificate I or II in schools, the Permaculture Demonstrator Skill Set or the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) are required, but neither of these constitutes a qualification to deliver and assess Certificate III in Permaculture and above.

For further information

…contact Permaculture Australia through the Education Working Group at

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