The Diploma Process

What do I need to do?

(More information will be given at the first Introduction meeting, once you register as a Diploma Apprentice.)

  1. Register – After verification of your PDC certificate, you need to register as a Diploma Apprentice with the NPA and pay for the initial start-up package. For more on prices see Fees & Costs.
  2. Choose a Diploma mentor – Available mentors, their working areas and domains are listed at the NPA mentors. The mentor will set up a first meeting, giving you a more detailed introduction to the Diploma process, and the different routes available. 
  3. Design your Diploma Pathway – Make a plan or design for how you will attain a Diploma – Your Diploma Pathway.   
  4. Work with your Designs Decide within which focus areas of Permaculture, your want to focus your work. Use the Permaculture Flower as your guide. If you already started your Diploma work and chose the older Design categories, that’s fine. 10 designs are required and the criteria for each design is presented under Design criteria.
  5. Assessment by mentor – Your first mentor will assess your work to determine when your Design Portfolio is ready to be assessed by a second mentor. This is done to ensure quality, both in your work and in the work of the first mentor. When both mentors consent to approve your Diploma Portfolio, you are ready to present your work. 
  6. Presentation of Diploma Portfolio – After approved assessment, you will present your Diploma Portfolio. This is a Celebration event, not a test.
  7. Accreditation – Your Diploma will be registered, and your work will be published on the Nordic Permaculture Academy website.