Introduction section

About the Diploma

The Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design is one of many ways to learn about permaculture and improve your skills as a designer. It can also be combined with many of the other learning options. Watch the video or read the documents below to find out more about these options:



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How the Diploma works 

The Diploma is a distance learning course by the Permaculture Association.

As an apprentice you will produce a portfolio of ten designs that will demonstrate how you develop into a proficient permaculture designer. It is up to you which areas of your life and work the designs cover. It is expected that some of them will be land based and some of them cover non-land based subjects, such as education, community development, self care or business planning.

The domains listed in the image below show some of the areas you may find yourself working in.


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Infographic by David Holmgren


The diploma pathway is largely self-directed and requires personal initiative. You will receive support from a tutor who is an experienced permaculture designer, and you can have more than one tutor to get different perspectives. There will be many opportunities to connect with other apprentices through local and thematic peer support groups (guilds), national and regional gatherings.

In the image below shows an example of a diploma pathway with some of the stages you are going to visit along the way.



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