Permaculture Design Course FAQ’s

We're excited that you are considering joining us for the next Permaculture Design Course.  Committing to this course can change your life in astonishing ways, so we want you to be as excited as possible. These are some of the most common questions that have been asked about our program...

1) What are the dates of the next Permaculture Design Course?

    • The next GrowPHX Spring PDC is scheduled to take place in Spring of 2020
    • Weekend 1 - April 4th & 5th
    • Weekend 2 - April 18th & 19th
    • Weekend 3 - May 2nd & 3rd
    • Weekend 4 - May 16th & 17th - in Tucson*
    • Weekend 5 - May 30th & 31st
      - Attendance in all 10 days are required to graduate from the course.
      - Class hours are 9 am to 5:30 pm

*The Tucson weekend is a busy weekend with full-day activities, and in order to get the most out of it our students stay overnight in Tucson for one or two nights.  Arrangements can be made as an individual or in groups, and suggestions for lodging or camping options will be made available during the first weekend in the course.  Lodging options near Interstate 10 and Speedway Blvd are appropriate.

2) How much does the Permaculture Certification course cost?

  • The course is $1095 for the full 72-hour course and includes the Permaculture Designer's Notebook & syllabus which is distributed on first day.
    • Hold your spot for $250.
      This deposit will hold your spot in the course if received by early registration deadline.
      We will only accept deposits while spots available.
    • $200 early registration discount available (Spring course early registration ends March 1, 2020).
    • Full balance due 21 days before course starts (Spring Course due by March 14th).
    • Registering after early registration date requires full registration amount.

3) When are the registration deadlines?

  • SPRING 2020 deadlines and dates:
    • Early registration ends: March 1, 2020.
    • Early registration discount ends: March 1, 2020. - EXTENDED TO MARCH 15TH
    • Full balance for early registrants due by: March 14, 2020.
    • Late registrations (accepted only if spots available): March 1 thru March 31, 2020
    • Course cancellation announcement (in unlikely event not enough participants): by April 1, 2020
    • Course starts: April 4th, 2020

4) How do I register & pay for the next Permaculture Design Course?

  • A $250 deposit to get the discount rate and to hold your place in the course is available until the first day of the month before the course starts. Spots fill quickly so this is first-come, first-served.
  • Submit a payment of either the deposit or the full amount through one of the ways described below.
  • If person paying is NOT the participant, then an email to us is needed to give us contact information on the student.
  • The deposit is non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by us.
  • In the unlikely event the entire course is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of your paid tuition including the deposit within two weeks of the announced course cancellation. See #4 for cancellation procedure.
  • You will receive a refund if you cancel and another full tuition paying student can be found to fill your spot to make a full course before the first day of class. In the event the class has not been fully filled by that date, your spot will not be considered replaced.
    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 online shopping cart.  See above!
  3. In Person - You can track down Greg ( or Janis ( and give them check, money order, or cash.

5) 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 by us, you will receive a full refund for any deposit and other funds you have paid.

6) 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.

7) 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.

8) Are there scholarships or work-trade exchange possibilities available?

May be available on a limited, case-by-case, basis and proposals must be submitted in writing prior to 30 days before start of course.

9) What is the schedule for the PDC?

The 72-hour course follows a standard Permaculture Design Course outline with the added elements of Dryland topics.  For a general day-by-day outline and syllabus click HERE.

10) 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 have been giving this course for over fifteen years together in Tucson & Phoenix; and as a whole, 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.

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

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