PDC FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions!

Does The Resilience Hub PDC lead to a certification? Is The Resilience Hub accredited and able to give certifications?

Yes, our PDC leads to certification if you meet the attendance and other requirements.  The Resilience Hub has organized and offered nearly 20 PDCs and covers all the required material laid out in the original 72-hour syllabus, plus an additional 30 hours to cover additional necessary material.  The Resilience Hub is an active member of the Permaculture Association of the Northeast (PAN) and is working with that community to develop a set of voluntary standards of quality for permaculture education and PDCs.

How do I sign up for a PDC?

Click on the buttons in the right-hand margin of this page to hold your spot in a Resilience Hub PDC and make a deposit.  Once we receive that we will contact you to provide a Welcome Packet of additional material and to determine how you want to pay your balance due.  Your spot isn’t held until your deposit is received.

Do you offer a 2-week PDC?

We do not currently offer a 2-week PDC. If you are interested in that format, however, we are happy to make recommendations to trusted colleagues whom we know are doing a good job with this format.  All PDCs are not necessarily the same and it is important to find a good match for your personal goals and learning style.

Do you offer discounts or work-study opportunities?

Yes, we offer 1 to 2 work-study positions per course, depending on the course size, and several other ways to reduce the total cash outlay for tuition.

Why is the PDC so expensive? Why isn’t permaculture education free?

It is true that taking a PDC can be a financial stretch, especially since our educational programs are not subsidized by other funding at this time.  All courses are “break even” events, are not generating a “profit” and are not considered “fund raisiers” for anyone or for any organization.  Read more about the cost of The Resilience Hub PDC.

In an ideal world, all education would be free.  We recognize that we are in a transitional time during which the work and resources it takes to create a super high-quality educational event are not necessarily available for free so we need to charge tuition to cover costs.  Most of our organizing, logistics and facilitation labor is done by people who are not able to donate more of their time, having maxed out on volunteer commitments, and needing to support their households and families financially, albeit modestly.  Even though we are not “there” yet in terms of our permaculture programming being “free,” The Resilience Hub is committed a constant re-examination of how we “do money” and create access to whatever we have to offer for people who do not have access to financial resources in a fair and equitable way.  We are in the challenging position of trying to make current economic models obsolete while having to participate in them to some degree.  We are aware of this challenging tension.

What if I get sick or have to miss some of the PDC? What if I know I will miss a day or weekend due to a pre-planned event (i.e. wedding or similar)?

Please check out the PDC Attendance Policy.

What do people do with their permaculture certificates? What kinds of jobs do they get?

Some people use their PDC to enhance a business or job they already have. Some use their PDC learning as a launchpad for a new enterprise, having a greater understanding of ecological dynamics truly helps understand the economic landscape and discover unmet needs that can turn into livelihoods.  Read more about Career Pathways here.

Is this the same as other PDCs? Is this the same as an online PDC?

All PDCs should cover the same topics presented in the internationally-recognized 72-hour syllabus laid out primarily by Bill Mollison.  Exactly how that material is covered, in what format, what the experience/skills of the facilitators might be, what kind of specialty additional material (beyond the basic syllabus) is included….well, all of that varies wildly.  Right now there is no one standard authority or directory of all PDCs that compares “apples to apples” as it were.  As of this writing, Permaculture Association of the Northeast (PAN) is working on community-based, voluntary standards of quality for permaculture education.  There are several other entities worldwide who assert the right to accredit or “certify” teachers and/or courses in some sort of structural or hierarchical way.  There is no agreement on this matter among the international permaculture community, a situation which has both pros and cons.  Read this article if you are considering an online PDC vs. an in-person PDC.

If you have a question that is not on this list, please contact us to get an answer!