Erkki: Le chemin vers le diplôme

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My path to the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design (DPA)

Internal links relevant to the Diploma work:

I have done my PDC course in France at Le Ferme du Bec Hellouine in August and September 2014. I have reported about the course in Finnish in our blog at that time (pre-course, 1st week, 2nd week). My reasons to take the PDC course at Bec Hellouine were two-fold: to take the course on a professional permaculture oriented market garden – and to improve my French (which is/was barely up to the task). I am convinced that we shouldn’t be trapped by the English language too much. We should learn other languages and connect and interact in other directions than just the Anglo-Saxon world (design principle: Use and Value Diversity).

Le Diplôme

As a movement Permaculture is very much about education. Most people who enter the permaculture movement will at some point take the PDC course. And those who teach a PDC course must have the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design (DPA).

Our aim is that Iso-orvokkiniitty will become a LAND center (Learning and Network Demonstration) providing courses in permaculture and related subjects. On that path both myself and Marja are aiming for the DPA.

For my part I plan to do the Diploma in France (or I should say in the French system) as that is where I did my PDC course (however I will do it in English). In France the Diploma can be done at l’Université Populaire de Permaculture. Steve Read has kindly promised to act as my tutor in my path to the DPA and as second tutor is Pascal Depienne from Terrepaille. The path to the diploma is described on the UPP web-site (in French).

  • The path is normally 2 years long. As a part of that the student reports his progress on a blog and interacts with other diploma students and his tutors. In effect this web-page will be the portal to the progress on my path to the DPA. 
  • The diploma includes normally at least 10 permaculture designs or one very detailed design which has been implemented. In my case there will be a master design for Iso-orvokkiniitty and sub-designs for different activities at Iso-orvokkiniitty listed in my portfolio. Possibly there will be one or two external designs as well and social designs.
  • During the course (and after), it is desirable to connect with projects and people who work to improve all aspects and conditions of life. Personal and on-site projects can also be considered.
  • Documentation of all these activities will be part of the portfolio.

An other guideline to getting the Permaculture Diploma published by the Nordic Permaculture Institute. That is of course also relevant for me as I am active in the Nordic region and my Diploma should eventually be valid here. The UK Permaculture Association has published a Diploma Guidebook

For the purpose of educating myself and inspiration I am collecting links to other Diploma students portfolios.

Le portfolio

The path is presented as a portfolio which will be presented to the tutor and at least one other diploma holder (second tutor). The portfolio contains documentation of all the permaculture related work the student will have realised.

As a minimum the portfolio contains:

The goal of the portfolio is to demonstrate the students ability to do professional design, teach a PDC, and share research he has done. The portfolio will have to be able to relate constantly to the ethics of permaculture and its principles.

Formations et parcours

As a part of the Diploma path the apprentice should participate in permaculture related education, seminars and workshops on the other hand and share information about permaculture by participating in courses and workshops as a teacher or tutor. 


  • 8.8.2020
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  • Published 16.12.2017