Diploma Focus Areas

Diploma of Permaculture Design students can choose to focus their work in any of the below fields based on one’s own passion and directions. All diploma students receive a Diploma of Permaculture Design with competencies in Fields of Practical Experience. These fields are determined by evaluation of the portfolio of work submitted to Permaculture Institute’s Diploma Review Panel during final review.

EDUCATION

Holders of the Diploma of Permaculture Design in Education are considered certified teachers, are eligible to be listed on the Teachers’ Registry, and have permission to issue Permaculture Institute certificates. Those desiring to apply for the field of Education must declare it at the application stage and complete additional work as follows:

  • Has attended a mentor approved Permaculture Teacher Training course
  • Has significant direct teaching experience during conferences; public gatherings; community college classes; and/or other educational opportunities in Permaculture specifically and in fields closely related to Permaculture
  • Has developed and submitted their detailed Permaculture Design Course curriculum
  • Has served as a teaching assistant for a full Permaculture Design Course under supervision of another recognized teacher as approved by mentor

SITE DEVELOPMENT

For work in rural or urban areas developing and implementing permaculture designs, community facilities, and other physical projects that regenerate the land and human community.

HUMAN RIGHTS

For work with populations concerning poverty relief, emergency response, as well as safety and security of human rights and equal access to resources.

ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS

For developing and promoting local employment, nonmonetary exchange, cash recycling in community, co-op formation, facilitation of new business models, and those financial and business systems that contribute to the well being and sustainability of communities.

ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING

For work with the built environment, from design to construction, using natural and renewable materials, innovative heating/cooling/lighting techniques, and repurposing and rehabilitation of existing structures.

CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

For educational work specifically with children, in schools, summer camps, homeschooling groups, or other activities geared toward educating and providing opportunities for children.

APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY

For developing technical systems or inventions that improve efficiency, increase sustainability, provide better transport, generate energy, repurpose/recycle materials, conserve resources, and improve the lives of users while protecting or regenerating the environment.

RESEARCH

For work involving scientific methods to study and document the success, or lack thereof, of techniques and practices to improve landscapes and communities.

ARTS AND MEDIA

For development of art and information systems such as placemaking installations, film, photo, print or electronic media, journalism, and authorship relating to permaculture.

GOVERNANCE AND LEGAL SYSTEMS

For developing and trialing alternative governing systems, and/or efforts changing legal structures for the benefit of ecosystems and human rights.

ECOLOGICAL CONSERVATION

For work with ecological restoration techniques, as well as land, species, and resource preservation.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

For work with non-profits, public land, public institutions and other forms of service to individuals or groups.

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Erika HaranoFields of Practical Experience