Internships and Diplomas

Apply in NOVEMBER to DECEMBER for January 7th INTAKE each year.

Accredited Permaculture Training provides vocational training for PRI Asia qualification. PRI Asia is aligned with Permaculture UK, Permaculture USA, PRI Australia and soon two universities in Asia (to be announced).  PIA aims to reduce poverty and improve the living standards, health and quality of life for those in developing countries in Asia. As our world becomes more complex, qualified and skilled professionals are needed to lead across sectors and organizations.

Job Outlook

  • The demand for development professionals in the private sector is increasing.
  • Development industry representatives have expressed the need for development professionals with practical skills and leadership.
  • Exciting career opportunities are available with multilateral and bilateral aid agencies, aid contractors, government departments, non-government organizations, mining and other private sector companies.

What is a Permaculture Design Course? An International Permaculture Design Course (PDC)  consists of a course not less than 72 hours long, under the leadership of a qualified teacher of teachers. A Certificate of Course Completion is issued if the student has participated in the course and presented a Permaculture Design. It is a tradition that there is a Talent Night at the end of each course.

The PDC course must cover the key all support science subject areas relating to permaculture and its principals, ethics and applications, including, soils, water, climates, trees, earth science, biologic, animal systems, heating/cooling, food, landscapes,  rural and urban elements, visible and invisible structures and use the official permaculture manual by Bill Mollison the co-founder of Permaculture “Permaculture a Designers Manual” as the foundation of the course.

Permaculture courses, Internships and Diplomas  allow you to develop your skill base and gain experience. They are accredited by PRI Australia, PRI Asia and are offered to and under various permaculture institutes and organizations around the world – Asia, Australia, Canada and USA.

Permaculture Institute Asia (PIA) aims to reduce poverty and improve the living standards, health and quality of life for those in developing countries in Asia. As our world becomes more complex, qualified and skilled professionals are needed by NGO’s, Aid organizations and Community development agencies to lead across theses sectors and organizations.

What are Internships ? put your permaculture knowledge to work – Internships are 1 month or 2 month  practical hands on experience in running a permaculture project and farm. They are focused on Permaculture and 1.) Animal Systems, 2.) Gardening Systems, 3.)  Food and 4.) Infrastructure 5.)  Design  and 6.) design implementation and build out. They can be extended to 6 to 12 months into a hands on Permaculture Leadership Diploma. Courses for those wanting to become instructors, land managers, permaculture educators and leaders.  They start with simple projects and work upwards in difficulty and skill. The aim is to provide, high value development of your skills in living sustainability.  People management skills (volunteers), project management, financial management and leadership skills can be added upon request. The course(s) are designed to stretch your limits, you are assigned a mentor and you grow and learn as part of a team. By providing a team environment you get support and the training you need before you go on to your own land, another property or choose a career in permaculture. Students are required to have (or agree to obtain during the course) a PDC certificate (a PRI Asia certificate is awarded). Some experience is beneficial but not necessary to apply. (Students who do not have a PDC Certificate before enrolling must get one during their internship, which we can arrange ((additional fee)). Basic and advanced skills in permaculture are taught in a real farm environment using hands on and demonstration while implementing portions of a permaculture project design and learning to work with others and to teach portions of a PDC. Permaculture designing, design implementation, earthworks, water systems, natural building techniques, hi-archy of ecological productivity,  soil biology, animal systems, climates, trees and their energies, food forests, bio intensive gardening for food, urban landscape, eco community and alternative nation structures, managing people skills, basic teaching skills, presentation skills, financial management and budgeting as well as project management.  You are part of something big as our interns usually visit other NGO’s, Permaculture projects, Farm stays and Aid organizations during your internship, making your experience valuable and unique.

Internship Training is intended for those who will have their own land one day or who already do but want the skills to develop it also those who want to follow a permaculture career teaching permaculture, land managers, supervisors of permaculture projects, managing urban gardens, your own land or land in rural or urban environments and community development projects including NGO’s, relief aid and indigenous community development. For the 6month and 12 month internships, you will complete and submit 3 Permaculture Designs during the course and will have assisted on a PDC’s as an assistant instructor. These competences include deep practice and understanding of the “Permaculture a Designers Manual” by Bill Mollison the co-founder of permaculture and you will develop  your own personal PDC course material with our training and support.  Internship applications are usually received in November to December and the course begins January 5th each year.  To receive an application send an email with your resume attached and tell us why you want to pursue a internship in Permaculture.  Email

Here is a video on internships by spiral ridge permaculture. Have a look     VIDEO INTERNSHIPS




What is a Permaculture Diploma?
This program is 6 to 12 months long, it is for those who wish to gain advanced skills to become –  permaculture instructors, project managers, community development managers, permaculture designers and consultants, and those who want advanced teaching skills. It is ideal for  those who plan a career in sustainable development and/or to become supervisors on farms, their own land and/or projects, land managers on established sites and advanced teachers. The prerequisite is a PDC and one year experience and/or a 1 – 3 month Internship, can be accepted as credit towards the 6 months towards the diploma program for those on a expedited program.  Curriculum includes Advanced Teacher Training , facilitation and presentation skills, Community design and people skills, Advanced design and implementations skills, Development and Aid with permaculture, Eco-village, Agri-Tourism and Community development. A combination of hands-on engagement in projects with people of all walks of life.  Skills in mentoring others, self-reflection, conflict resolution and critical thinking. The course encourages you to take charge of your own learning and value your own  judgment. The course is introspective at times and is action oriented learning. You must complete and submit 10 Permaculture Designs during the course to graduate and have assisted on 2 PDC’s as assistant instructor and taught 2 complete PDC’s as instructor.  It is a life-changing experience that brings you to your own self actualized empowerment with close connection to yourself and nature and others. Continuous intake. Application, send your resume and tell us why you want to do a Diploma in Permaculture to

We look forward to hearing from you and making the world a better, more secure and abundant place.

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What is an “Online Permaculture Business Development Course” ?    This is a business development course for permaculture website development,  we offer this in conjunction with a web development organization in Bangkok, Thailand.  It is an optional course and involves an additional fee. The course teaches hands on skills in building a web business, establishing an online presence on the web, leveraging social media. It is designed for new entrepreneurs in Permaculture who wish to gain the skills of have a business up and running quickly.

pri_teacher-3e0f64c5759154b80f2b20912f10f8d4PRI PDC Teachers are those who PRI recognizes through a vetting board, as determined and competent to teach a full 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course that is based on submitted curriculum approved by PRI based on the topics in Bill Mollisons book “Permaculture a Designers Manual” all candidates must purchase and own their own copy. Through sharing foundational Permaculture principals or sharing them thru practical examples, the teacher will give students a healthy understanding of the interconnectedness of  all elements in natural systems and will give them the design tools that will enable them, to design sustainable systems in many different climates zones. The course is meant to inspire and assist students to embark on their own as permaculture system designers. PRI PDC Instructors also agree to focus on design science and not subjective elements. Permaculture design education concerns itself with creating good design based on strategies and and techniques which are scientifically provable. A PRI PDC teacher avoids creating barriers to permaculture uptake, instead it promotes a simple, universal life ethic of return surplus into natures systems to promote the care of the earth and its inhabitants, with the goal of creating a new world that lives in harmony with all of nature.

Objectives of a PRI Master Plan Site

  • To create worldwide financially and operationally self-sufficient permaculture demonstration and education sites;
  • To teach and train Permaculture to all people that come to the Permaculture Education Demonstration Site;
  • To provide local employment and education;
  • To further sustainable solutions and practices which will be taught to locals and internationals through leading by example;
  • To create a worldwide network of interdependent communities, and;
  • To reinvest surplus into the landscape and into furthering education and research in Permaculture.


Ways of funding your Permaculture Vision and mission.  – Ways to raise the funds from strangers, friends, family and give them a way to know what you are interested in doing.