Diploma specialisation fields

Tammi Dallaston Wood tdallastonwood at cwcom.net
Wed Oct 3 05:09:23 EDT 2001

The Permaculture Association in the UK grants diplomas and has recently
overhauled and improved procedures. More info: www.permaculture.org.uk or
email office at permaculture.co.uk

all the best
Tammi, Brighton, UK
  -----Original Message-----
  From: John Irwin [mailto:jwirwin at permaculture.net]
  Sent: 01 October 2001 17:28
  To: permaculture
  Subject: Re: Diploma specialisation fields

  1earth permaculture wrote:

    Hi Folks :)
    I'm trying to locate the fields of specialization that one can
    undertake to work towards the Diploma as a Permaculture Consultant -
    these are on page 13 of #19 Permaculture Journal. Does anyone know if
    this is on the web somewhere. Thanks in advance :))

    Marcus Webb

  Hi Marcus -
  I'm sure you are referring to the 2-year diploma,  and not
  the 72-hour Permaculture trainee/apprentice certificate.

  Below is the information as printed on page 81 of the American
  Permaculture Directory, also listed on the website,
  in the American Permaculture Directory section.

  This information is from Mollison's Foundation
  Year-Book of the Permaculture Academy, printed in
  1993, so one would still have to contact Mollison
  for updates & procedures.

  NOTE:  As far as I know, he is the
  only one granting diplomas, but even though I have
  been told I have earned one & applied for it over
  two years ago, I am still waiting.



   Diploma - After 2 years of applied work, students can forward an
application for a diploma of applied design.  (May take 3-4 years).   The
application must be accompanied by affidavits from co-workers, field
reports, photos, journal articles, or supporting evidence.  $30 Australian.

                             Fields which qualify for diplomate work :
  ADMINISTRATION - Directing,  conducting or assisting consultancy groups,
associations & institutes & developing strategies in Pc work

  ARCHITECTURE & BUILDING - Designing or building low-cost & low-energy use
dwellings or structures

  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - Planning, assisting with, or implementing
community development projects, urban systems, villages, or work with
disadvantaged groups


  EDUCATION - Working on curricula, teaching, or course work in Pc education

  FINANCE & BUSINESS - Setting up or operating financial systems for ethical
investment, community revolving funds, or other self-financing systems for

  MANUFACTURING- Establishing or creating strategies or workshops producing
hardware or goods for Pc design use, or essential technology;  researching &
marketing such technology

  MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS - Creating or operating publications or
audio-visual aids to communication & education in the Pc system.  Software

  RESEARCH - Making a significant contribution to research in the area of
field or academic research into Pc systems & needs


  SITE DEVELOPMENT - Designing & working on their own or another site as a
demonstration of Pc principles

  SITE DESIGN  - Completing designs for others in Pc systems (usually not
less than 10 designs)


  SYSTEM ESTABLISHMENT & IMPLEMENTATION - Setting up or operating nurseries,
earth moving systems, soil conservation strategies, or the supply of goods
or services to the Pc system; working on the implementation of design




          “Each diploma issued will have one or more of the above categories
written in the space provided; thus, the diploma will indicate just where
the graduate is considered to be competent.  At any time, graduates may
apply for new diplomas carrying additional categories in which they have
been involved for at least one year.
            Trainees may apply for diplomas after the completion  of two
years applied work; diplomas will be issued by the continental institutes,
=ho will keep a register of graduates.  trainees can be nominated for a
diploma by the teachers, or by a group of two or more teachers, or by a
group of two or more graduates of the college who can attest to their work.
for those working in remote areas, an account of work completed or in
progress should be forwarded to the local (continental) institute.  Trainee
designers are expected to deep in contact with a graduate group.
            Diplomas may, in special cases, be issued to people who have
shown competence in one or other of the above areas, but who have not
completed a course.  However, such people are not to assume teaching
positions without completing formal courses of 72 hours under a qualified
            Higher degrees may be applied for through the Research
Supervisor of the local (continental) institutue.  Such work must make a
significant contribution to design processes in the fields of Pc”

&nb! sp;               ........Bill Mollison

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