Experienced-Track Diploma Requirements

 

The Experienced Track is designed to meet the needs of practitioners already working professionally in permaculture or who have completed a significant body of work, but whose reputations have not yet achieved national or continental recognition. These individuals will have already met the core requirements for a regular diploma in either Education or Site Design. One is also required to have a minimum of 6 years experience post-PDC and get a letter of recommendation from a PINA diplomate or equivalent.

With the expectation that the diploma requirements have already been met, the focus is on assembling and submitting a portfolio sufficient to show excellence in the field. The Experienced Track streamlines the application process, while still requiring more documentation than is needed for the Fast Track.

Steps for the Experienced-Track Diploma

  • Become a PINA member.  Regular Membership is $30/year.
  • Review the regular requirements in your specialty in Education or Site Design to make sure that you already meet the requirements laid out for Design and/or Teaching experience.  If you have already taught 10 complete PDCs, the Experienced Track only requires you to have taught two of these with a senior instructor.
  • Apply for Diploma Candidacy.  You will pay $350 with your application which includes $150 for administration and coaching on the preparation of and review of the portfolio.  If the application is rejected, $150 is non-refundable. $200 may be transferred to payment for a Regular Diploma application, but will not be refunded.
  • You may apply for diplomas in both Site Design and Education with the same application if you meet the requirements for both. An additional fee of $150 will be charged for the review of the second diploma portfolio. This fee is nonrefundable.
  • Present your portfolio in a very straightforward manner, using the guidelines provided by the Diploma Program Committee and their assigned Reviewer.  If the portfolio is not in the form requested, the Reviewer may, at their discretion, continue working with you to complete your portfolio rather than having it rejected or sent to the regular program process.  If given this option, you will pay an additional retainer for the assistance of the Reviewer or a Field Advisor before continuing with the Experienced Track.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a PINA diplomate or equivalent who is familiar with your work stating a belief that you have most likely met the requirements for a PINA diploma.
  • Pay $60/year maintenance fee if the completion goes beyond six months from date of application.  PINA expects this process to last no longer than 6 months.
  • Portfolio Review and Evaluation by the PINA Diploma Program Committee.
  • Receive your Diploma
  • Pay professional dues of $60/year on granting of the Diploma, and subsequently.

Experienced-Track Requirements:

    Relative to our existing specializations in Site Design and Education, you will need to document the following:

  • Have completed an advanced course with a PINA diplomate or equivalent in Site Design or Education according to specialization. (This requirement may be waived by the DPC under special and compelling circumstances.)
  • Fully document 2 designs (drawings and report), and list at least the required number of designs with supporting information.  Designs should exhibit a similar range of scope and scale as required of regular candidates, i.e., invisible structures, team design, rural, urban, etc.
  • Document your design process flow and client questionnaire.

For Site Design Diploma only

  • Fully document one additional design (for a total of 3) and list at least another 7 designs with supporting information.
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation from clients you served in a professional capacity and who are not related to you. These should verify that your design work contributes to the adaptation of the site to an appropriate regenerative ecology; that you can work well with clients in realizing both their personal goals and the ecological needs of the site itself; and that you have experience with design implementation or contributed significant support (budget, timeline, sources, etc…) to the practical development of the project on the ground.

For Education Diploma only

  • Have taught two or more PDCs under/with a senior teacher(s) and provide letters of recommendation from them.  (See FAQs for details.) The letters should include verification that you are qualified to teach the entire PDC on your own and certify students. Document at least another 8 courses and your role in them.
  • Provide a sample PDC schedule/curriculum for one of your courses.
  • Provide detailed curriculum notes on three main PDC subjects (one invisible/meta-systems, one natural systems; one cultivated systems, e.g., economics, forests and trees, waste treatment.)

Commentary:

Our intent is to provide an expedited process for working practitioners that reduces the need for 1) delay, 2) complete documentation, 3) mentoring by a senior teacher or designer, 4) Field Advisor guidance, and 5) Portfolio review by a regional hub and/or Review panel.  These privileges are granted in recognition of substantial accomplishments already made by the applicant, and on the assumption that a nearly complete portfolio can be readily assembled.

In view of the likelihood that the applicant will need some guidance regarding details of presenting the portfolio in the application and the need for a more extensive review, an additional fee is required. The Experienced Track still enables a skilled and accomplished practitioner to eliminate significant costs in obtaining the diploma, and to move almost directly to diploma issuance. However, it does exact a measure of precision and care at the application stage to ensure that PINA only issues diplomas for actual competence.

Apply for Diploma Candidacy

 

You may also submit your Experienced Track application by regular mail.  Please contact our administrator for more information on this option.


Staying Involved

After receiving your diploma, your name, permaculture business name if any, and contact information will be published in the PINA roster of diplomates.

It is expected that you will maintain an active membership in PINA and you will participate in a PINA-recognized education program or permaculture convergence at least once every 3 years.

PINA will review your credentials every 5 years.

Permaculture educators should send PDC participant rosters to the PINA registry.

You may want to consider becoming a field advisor. Learn more about field advisors.


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