What is the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design?
The Diploma is the internationally recognized next step after completing a (PDC) Permaculture Design Course.
The Diploma formally recognizes and accredits your practice of permaculture.
This is particularly important for individuals who are interested in teaching permaculture, offering permaculture services and/or developing and running permaculture projects.
The Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design provides recognition of a person’s ability to apply permaculture ethics, principles and design skills to enhance local sustainability.
This is demonstrated through an accreditation event where the apprentice designer presents a selection of their design work and makes a portfolio of projects and activities available for inspection to a peer group made up of Diploma holders and Design Course Certificate holders.
What are the benefits?
The Diploma offers the following benefits:
- an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the permaculture concepts and
- an opportunity to consciously turn the theory learnt on the Design Course into practical
- a structured approach to learning, with support from experienced mentors and designers.
It will also enable you to:
- get high quality design support and guidance for your projects
- develop skills as a reflective and sustainable learner
- increase your professional reputation and confidence as a permaculture designer
- be added to the Permaculture Association’s designers register to help attract commercial design work. (if you are registered to the
- become a lead teacher on a Permaculture Design Course
Who can do the Diploma?
Students who successfully complete the Permaculture Design Course (72h PDC)
You have to be a member of the Permaculture Association in there country or in the Baltics
Thanks to organizations such as the Latvian Permaculture Association, or the NGO „Smiltenei un Latvijai” a framework of support has been developed and will help you on the way thru the diploma.
Through the process of accreditation, or aim is to design 10 Projects and initiate a co-operative organization that will help to facilitate higher education in permaculture design.
Building confidence in the individual practitioners, credibility of sound permaculture theory and resilient networks of support for regenerative design.
About the course
The Diploma is a course of self-directed study that takes a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years. During this course, you will prepare and document ten Permaculture designs that demonstrate your ability to apply permaculture ethics and principles and show your competence at using a range of design methods, tools and skills. Within this two years you will have four times a 5 day training (meeting in Latvia). Each year you will also have two meetings (via Skype) with your Mentor, who will help you thru the process and documentation work. Within this Diploma course time frame you have to fullfill at least 10 days of practical work to strengthen your skills.
After all 10 permaculture projects have been documented, they will be submitted and, after an evaluation period, the final diploma examination will take place.
This diploma exam takes place on a weekend at which several diploma students will be graduated.
Between 4 and 6 diploma students can be examined on such a weekend.
The first Diploma Course has started from the 25th of June till 29th of June 2018 and occurred in Lejas Variceni close to Smiltene
The second Diploma Course was from the 13th of August till 17th of August 2018 and occurred in Zadini close to Launkalne.
The diploma weekends will be individually discussed.
The fees guide is available below. We operate a flexible payment system to make it more affordable.
If you still think you'll struggle to find the fee, you could try crowd funding your diploma. You could invite funders to pay part of your fees in return for a design. For example, you could invite 10 funders to invest 80,- € each, and in return you pledge to produce a design for them.
The costs include:
- The whole Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design
- Accommodation in our farmyard hay hotel
- Full catering (vegetarian ) 3 times per day
Here is an example for a participant from the Baltic States:
600, - Euro for the first year
600, - Euro for the second year
200, - Euro for the diploma weekends
100,- Selection of 2nd tutor
15,- Print out and hand over the diploma
In total you have to pai 1525,. € over the 2 years.
The costs are to be paid per year or in monthly installments
Important! : You commit yourself to supervising the next generation of diploma students as main or second tutor (at least 2 Students), and the course fee as a selected tutor (or second tutor) is for you. So it is possible to reduce your costs. But this is only the case when working as a tutor
(or second tutor) will be selected and completed by the next generation of graduate students.