Organization of PINA
The well being of our families and communities is inextricably bound to the health of our land, our cities and our planet. Permaculture offers hope of profound societal transformation. Supporting PINA through your membership is a low cost, low effort step you can take to significantly increase the connected yield of our permaculture efforts. Membership Overview
If you have joined PINA without setting up auto-pay renewal through Paypal, you can reinstate your membership as described above if you have a log-in.
If you do not have a log-in because you have never registered on the PINA website, please use our registration page as if you are a new member.
If you are a PINA diplomate who has never registered on the PINA website, please use our renew diplomate membership form.
If you have any other problems with your membership, please use the Contact form to get in touch with our administrator.
Permaculture Design Course
A residential course will provide a greater immersion experience, building bonds with your learning community.
A weekend course will generally involve primarily local participants, can build ongoing local connections and is more convenient for those working weekday jobs.
Longer courses will generally offer additional benefits through hands-on experience, multi-season observation, extended immersion in community and additional time to process information.
On-line courses do not offer the same level of instructor interaction, group support, hands-on training or group design experience as a face to face PDC. That being said, due to geographic location, time or financial issues, some people may only be able to take an on-line PDC. As with other courses, PINA recommends taking an on-line PDC from an instructor with a high level of competency.
The pathway to becoming a teacher of the PDC is a matter of some debate in the movement. There are excellent teachers of the PDC who have not gone through the PINA diploma process. Please investigate the background and experience of your prospective PDC instructor. We look forward to offering a calendar of courses offered by PINA certified instructors in the future.
There is now a teachers training that is widely available that is considered important for people planning to teach the PDC, and there is an expectation that new teachers will start by teaching introductory classes and co-teaching with an experienced teacher. After one has taken the teachers training, in most areas, local teachers are open to a request to teach a module in their course, audit for addition experience with other teachers or co-teach with them.
It is important to gain experience with permaculture design before putting oneself forward to teach others. If you have recently taken the PDC and want to start sharing what you’ve learned, we recommend that you start by teaching short courses in areas where you have particular expertise.
Some organizations offer a diploma that Bill Mollison designed which requires only one documented project over 2 years of self-study, a much lower standard. There are also diplomas with high standards offered by other organization such as the Permaculture Association in the U.K.
A mentor is an expert in a specific field who has a permaculture background and knowledge sought by a diploma candidate. Candidates are encouraged to seek out mentors of their choice.
In addition to the PINA fees listed in the summary, expect that most candidates will have a monthly meeting with their Field Advisor lasting 1/2 to 1 hour. Those who are more self-directed may not need that level of assistance. We hope to be able to answer this question better as we gain experience with out diploma candidates.
If you have long-term teaching experience but just started teaching Permaculture, PINA expects that your experience will shine through in the diploma process and other aspects of professional development. The Field Advisor evaluates the diploma candidate’s capabilities and determines credit for any past experience which could be applied toward PINA criteria.
Site designs should demonstrate the complexity and multi-dimensional nature of a permaculture approach. While we say that permaculture design can be applied to anything, the designs we are asking diploma candidates to base their portfolio upon should have the complexity of living and working venues for households and communities surrounded by productive landscapes. These can be small or large, but should involve yields from land, conservation of natural resources and the meeting of real human needs.
We are looking to see that diplomates understand design methods and process, can work with others, and are applying permaculture ethics and principles to transform the culture. The design does not have to get implemented, though it’s nice if at least some of those in any portfolio are built. We do not require every qualified design to have full scale drawings and a lengthy report. There should, however, be clear evidence that the candidate has done such work repeatedly.
If you became a member of PINA without registering on the website, please use the Fast Track form to register as a new member at the professional level.
Our administrator will refund any overlapping membership fees when she processes your application.