Joining the Diploma program at the Nordic Permaculture Academy involves receiving tutorial support and your work being assessed by a qualified mentor.
All tutoring fees are paid directly by the apprentice to the mentor, as and when you receive tutorials and assessments. Your chosen mentor will typically provide all of your tutorials including your introduction session, personal tutorials, design support tutorials and assessment of your designs. If you decide to change mentor, you will pay directly to this new mentor.
Assessment by your final portfolio is carried out by a second mentor, who you pay to directly for his/her time.
By registering for the Diploma, you are charged 2400 SEK/DKK for an initial start-up package. This package includes the Registration fee, Induction Event as well as 3-5 hours of personal tutorials and/or Individual Design Assessment.
|Activity||Fee SEK||Fee DKK||Note|
|Standard hourly rate||300||300||1 hr|
|Introduction event||600||600||2 hrs|
|Individual Design Assessment(design 1-10)||hourly rate||hourly rate||1-2 hrs per design incl. written feedback|
|Halfway Portfolio Assessment, summary (design 1-5)||hourly rate||hourly rate||App. 2 hrs incl. feedback on onward work process|
|Final Portfolio Assessment, (design 5-10)||hourly rate||hourly rate||2 hrs incl. feedback on final presentation|
|External Portfolio Assessment, by second mentor (design 1-10)||hourly rate||hourly rate||App. 5 hrs incl. feedback|
|Final Presentation Event||750||750||2,5 hrs|
We highly recommend personal tutorials during your Diploma pathway, albeit these are not mandatory. If you are already registered at the NPA, design support tutorials can be with any mentor from the Academy. You can find all mentors here.
You are responsible for all tutorial travel costs, (i.e. Introduction event, Personal Tutorials, Design Support Tutorial, Interim Portfolio Assessment, Assessment tutorials). The cheapest option is usually for you to travel to your mentor’s chosen venue, however you may arrange with your mentor to travel to you. In the case of your mentor making the journey you are responsible for travel time and costs incurred by your mentor(s). By agreement beforehand of course. You are required to arrange this directly with your mentor and pay any costs for travel time and expenses directly to them. Some mentors are happy to conduct the Personal Tutorials by phone, or virtual software to help reduce costs.
You may also arrange tutorials at the annual Diploma Gathering or other events. The Gathering will be an opportunity to have a tutorial with a wider selection of mentors, whilst not incurring additional mentor travel costs.
Bear in mind, that it is highly preferable for your mentor to visit the physical design location(s) at least once during your Diploma work.
Each year, mentors at the Academy organize Diploma Gatherings and meetings for apprentices and mentors to:
- Connect with other apprentices and mentors
- Form working, interest groups and guilds to assist you in your work
- Share experiences and design work
- Develop the Diploma pathway
Participation fees are paid when registering for each event and are not included in the above-mentioned essential costs.
The Nordic Permaculture Academy guarantees to keep all fees fixed for a period of one year. There will be an annual review of the fees, and changes to the fees will be implemented from January 1st every year.