Advanced Permaculture Courses


Permaculture & Regenerative Solutions: A Pathways Academy Course Cluster

Pathways Academy has partnered with Matt Powers, the author of Advanced Permaculture Student Online (APSO).  With his generous support, we will be offering his APSO course content as a cluster of fully-accredited high school courses. When taken through Pathways Academy, these courses are available to BC students in Grades 10-12.

  • Permaculture Basics (4 credits)
    • This course provides a gentle but thorough introduction to permaculture and regenerative concepts. 
  • Permaculture Foundations (12 credits)
    • An intense course providing a broad, integrated overview of permaculture philosophy and ethics, and an introduction to a multitude of regenerative solutions and strategies. Though this is an intensive course, it is quite suitable for students who thrive on conceptual, hands-on, and/or exploratory learning.  Because student learning plans are individualized for an optimal learning experience, engaged students of any learning style can find success.  A good internet connection is required.
  • Permaculture Specializations (2-4 credits each)
    • Provides students with opportunity to delve deeply into specific areas of permaculture/regenerative interest.
  • Permaculture Project (4 credits)
    • Provides students with an opportunity to apply the broad range of their learning in a personalized setting.  The Permaculture Project may be taken after or concurently with Permaculture Basics or Permaculture Foundations as applies.  See below or contact your teacher for more information.
  • Permaculture Certification Options

Certification opens possibilities.  The receiver can begin to develop their own business designing and/or consulting in their focus area, work for another designer/developer, or use their qualifications to gain employment in a variety of fields such as landscaping, city garden or park maintenance, market gardening, plant nursery, regenerative farming, etc.

Two types of certification are possible:

1. Permaculture Design Certification

To receive Permaculture Design Certification students must successfully complete

      • Permaculture Basics
      • Permaculture Project 1 (min. 2 credits)

2. Advanced Permaculture Design Certification

To receive Advanced Permaculture Design Certification, students must successfully complete a minimum of 20 credits including:

      • Permaculture Foundations
      • Permaculture Specializations (one or more)
      • Permaculture Project 2 (4 credits)

To receive both Permaculture Design Certification and Advanced Permaculture Design Certification, students must successfully complete a minimum of 22 credits including:

      • Permaculture Foundations
      • Permaculture Specializations (one or more)
      • Permaculture Project 1 (min. 2 credits)
      • Permaculture Project 2 (4 credits)


What does the APSO course content look like when taken through Pathways Academy?

The APSO content has been aligned with existing Ministry of Education courses, resulting in opportunity to earn 20 or more high school credits.  Students will access the same content as the APSO course but will be guided and directed by a Permaculture-Certified Pathways teacher. 

For more information contact a Pathways Permaculture Instructor

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a philosophy, a way of thinking, that embodies a set of whole-system design principles.  These principles can be used to address both broad and specific concepts in the areas of earth care, people care, and future care.  Permaculture works like a set of tools and techniques that can be applied to physical, social, and emotional landscapes to create living, evolving human habitats and interconnected, renewable resource systems that mimic nature and regenerate, rather than harm the Earth and its inhabitants.  Read more

Why Permaculture?

Permaculture and its associated regenerative strategies are rapidly moving to the forefront in countries all over the world.  Students with Permaculture training will find open doors in communities small and large, wealthy and impoverished. 

  • Mark 12:30-31
  • Matthew 28:19

"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." Genesis 2:15