Introduction section

Curious about the Diploma

Why do the Diploma


The diploma gives you an opportunity for hands on learning of the permaculture design process, putting it into practice in many situations in your life. It helps you to deepen your learning from your PDC, practising the techniques, tools and processes you came across there and actually applying them to your life.

It is a self-led learning journey so you can really make it work for you, following your interests, finding the style of designing and learning that you enjoy and that integrates best into your life

It is a journey of finding what permaculture means to you. You don't need to know the answer at the beginning, you just need enough curiosity and commitment to begin.

It is an opportunity to be part of something bigger, solving real life challenges and creating tangible change for a more beautiful world.

What will you get out of it?

You will come out with a professional portfolio of designs and access to a variety of permaculture specific career options such as being a teacher, designer or diploma tutor.

You will also have acquired a hugely valuable set of skills and experiences that you can apply to and use to manifest pretty much anything (ethical!).

What support is available through the diploma?

You will have access to a network of tutors experienced in permaculture design and practice

You can have as many tutorials with as you want, getting direct feedback and guidance on your designs and your journey.

You will also be part of a fantastic community of other apprentices who are all learning and experimenting at the growing edge of permaculture design practice and sustainable living.

With an active Facebook group, annual gatherings, monthly online get together and support to set up local guilds there are many opportunities to connect, support and inspire each other.

There are a couple of entry criteria:

1. You need to have completed the Permaculture Design Certificate - or PDC - either through the Permaculture Association of Britain or elsewhere. If it’s elsewhere, contact the office to discuss your needs. See the course listings on our website for upcoming PDCs.

2. You must join as a Diploma Member of the Association and maintain this throughout your Diploma journey.

Is the diploma right for me?

There are many ways to become good at permaculture. Many of them are compatible with doing the diploma, or can be pursued in their own right. Here is a graphic by diploma tutor Jo Barker, showing some of the options. You can also watch her video on the "About the diploma" page.



In the video below, tutor Joe Atkinson explains some of the qualities that will help you succeed, and the benefits you can gain from doing the diploma.



I'd like to join

Still not sure?

Go to the "Interested" page where you can find more detailed information about how the diploma works.

You can also book an Orientation session with one of our tutors to help you decide. An Orientation tutorial costs £50 (including a £5 donation to the Permaculture Association) to cover the tutor's preparation time, the tutorial itself and any follow-up notes. 

To book a session