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 do not have a log-in because you have never registered on the PINA website, please use our Become a Member page as if you are a new member. This applies to all member types – regular, diplomate, or fast-track candidate.
If you need any other assistance 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.
Teacher training courses are now widely available and are considered important for those planning to teach the PDC. Teaching permaculture is an artisanal activity requiring multiple skill sets, deep intelligence, and a strong heart. It is best learned by modeling superior practitioners and be practice. The sober advice of veteran teachers to new ones is to start by teaching introductory classes and co-teaching with an experienced teacher. After one has taken the teacher training, in most regions, local teachers are open to a request to audit for additional experience with other teachers, teach a module in their course, or co-teach with them.
It is also 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 and that you practice doing designs.
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 organizations such as the Permaculture Association in the U.K. Holders of the diploma issued by the Permaculture Academy of Britain may apply to PINA for recognition of their diploma status if they are working or living in North America.
A mentor is an expert in a specific field relevant to the Action Learning Plan who has knowledge or understanding 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 our diploma candidates. Fees for mentorship and costs for training would be in addition to PINA and Field Advisor fees. Remember that candidates make their own contractual arrangements with Field Advisors and mentors, so while we can recommend fee levels, we cannot control or foresee them./accordion_item]
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.