Permaculture Design Course FAQ’s

What are the dates of the next Permaculture Design Course?

  • The GrowPhx Spring PDC has been rescheduled to Spring of 2020
    – Attendance in all 10 days are required to graduate from the course.

How much does the Permaculture Certification course cost?

  • $1095 with a $200 early registration discount if deposit is paid by March 1, 2020.
    – Now till March 1, 2020 – $895 with $250 deposit by March 15.
    – March 1 till Course Start Day – $1095
    – Hold your spot for $250

How do I register for the next Permaculture Design Course?

A non-refundable $250 deposit to get the discount rate and to hold you a place in the course is needed.

Full payment is due 21 days before the first weekend. In the unlikely event the entire course is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of your deposit. You will also receive a refund if you cancel and someone can be found to fill your spot to make a full course before the first day of class.

There are three ways to pay and/or register for the course…

  1. By Mail – Checks and money orders can be made out to GrowPhx. Please mail only checks and money orders (no cash) to: GrowPhx, PO Box 44434, Phoenix, AZ 85064. Include your return address, e-mail address, and phone number, and you will be sent an e-receipt confirming your registration.
  2. By Credit Card – credit card payments go through our secure paypal.  See above!
  3. In Person – You can track down Greg ( or Janis ( and give them cash.

What if I need to cancel out before the course begins?

If you are cancelling the entire course after you have already paid a deposit or other funds, we will refund your entire amount minus your $250 deposit up to 30 days before the course begins. If you cancel between 14 and 28 days before the course begins we will refund 50% of what you have paid minus the $250 deposit. No shows cannot be refunded anything.

If the course is full and a person from the waiting list takes your place, you will receive a full refund of all funds you have paid up to the first day of the course. In the unlikely event that the entire course is cancelled you will receive a full refund for any deposit and other funds you have paid.

What if I drop out of the course due to a non-emergency after the course begins?

We decide refunds or credit in non-emergency situations on a case-by-case basis.

What if I have to miss a whole day or a weekend of the course?

We expect each participant to attend all the scheduled weekends and classes, and you will get the most out of the course if you do. But we understand unexpected events come up. It is up to you if you have to miss part of the course, but if you want your Permaculture design certificate at the end, you will have to pay something extra to meet with the instructor who was teaching during the missed period if he or she is willing to go over the material. In some cases you may even have to wait until next year’s course to make up the material and get your certificate.

Are there scholarships and work-trade exchange possibilities available?

May be available on a case-by-case basis.

Can I get college credit for taking this class?

This course leads to a Design Course Certificate in Permaculture. While this certificate is not recognized directly by most universities and colleges, many of our students have been university or college students, and have worked with their departments at the University of Arizona, Prescott College, and Pima Community College to obtain independent study credit for taking this course. It is up to the individual student to work out arrangements with his/her college and his/her department. Prescott College students have often taken this course for credit. This Permaculture Design Course is a standardized course (with additional emphasis here in the Southwest Dry lands) given around the world since 1981, and there are currently over 300,000 graduates working in over 100 countries on sustainability issues. Our seasoned team of teachers has been giving this course for fifteen years together in Tucson & Phoenix, and together the teaching team has decades of experience in core Permaculture topics, sustainable development, and other specialized areas of sustainability. It is up to you to determine with your educational institute if this would apply for credit.

What if I have additional questions about what to expect in the course?

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