Advanced Design Skills


Done a PDC? Want to become a professional designer?
Next course will be July 24-27, 2017


This course is for people who are seriously interested in design and consulting, and also recommended for permaculture teachers, to learn the tricks of trade from one of permaculture’s leading designers and educators, Robyn Francis. In 4 intensive days you will learn how to draw up professional designs, deal confidently with clients, cost jobs and prepare bills of quantity, present reports and get your consultancy practice going.

This course is for people who have already completed a full Permaculture Design Course (PDC).


IMG_5011Venue: PCA,Djanbung Gardens, Nimbin N.S.W. Australia

Topics include:

  • Spectrum of permaculture consultancy work
  • Designers tool kit & bag of tricks
  • Design Process and Methodologies
  • Preparing base plans and essential surveying skills
  • Drafting and drawing skills: standard symbols, drawing to scale
  • Language of design, concepts, details and construction drawings
  • Client communications, briefs and contracts
  • Preparing bills of quantity, costs and quotes
  • Planning implementation
  • Developing bioregional resource networks
  • Presenting reports: electronic and paper documentation
  • Use of computer software for reports and design
  • Establishing a permaculture design consultancy

Participants will receive a comprehensive course handbook and templates for site assessments, client briefs, implementation plans and other aspects of professional permaculture design consulting.



You will learn how to use simple equipment to hand-draw professional designs and will also be introduced to ways to use basic computer software to enhance your work.

Tutor: Robyn Francis is an internationally acclaimed permaculture designer and educator. Her work has ranged from urban edible landscapes, community farms and rural property design through to ecovillage, intentional community and eco-development consultations around the world. She has been teaching permaculture since 1984 and advanced design skills for over 20 years and was key designer of the Accredited Permaculture Training Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications.

You will need to bring: Artline drawing pens or fine felt-tip pens 0.4 and 0.2; clutch pencil; scale ruler (1:100, 1:200, 1:500), set square, drawing compass, protractor, eraser, circle template, A4 graph paper, A4 tracing paper, blank white paper or drawing book, colour pencils/felt pens, tape measure, clip board, and other useful drawing equipment you might have. Also bring examples of any design work you have done, your laptop and a USB drive for e-resources.

Course Fee: $595   Course fee covers all tuition, free camping on site, lunches, morning and afternoon tea and one evening meal. There is a communal kitchen on site for preparing meals or cafe’s in the village (a 10 min walk away)

Early bird Special pay before June 23: Save $50
More options available HERE for special discounts PDC+ADS, Refresher PDC+ADS, and Permaculture Australia Member discounts.



1 review for Advanced Design Skills

  1. vinhost

    “A very useful training in a clear and comprehensive format. I personally enjoyed the balance of coursework and hands-on training which included site assessment and survey skills and strategies. I improved my understanding of both details and systems levels of permaculture design and implementation. “ – Neil, USA (Advanced Design Skills)

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