Now that you’ve finished your Permaculture Design Certificate Course, what’s next?
For those who want to deepen their understanding and experience of permaculture practice either for personal benefit or as a livelihood, we recommend taking these next steps on your journey. For those wanting to become a permaculture professional, these steps are required.
- Frame your certificate. It welcomes you into the permaculture community and is important.
- Join a permaculture guild, or a group that works in fields of caring for earth and people (Transition Movement, Radical Homemakers, Urban Gardeners, Watershed).
- Visit permaculture sites, organic farmers, and anyone practicing what seems related. Locate your local time bank, food bank, school garden, food/harvest swap, Earth Day organizers. Volunteer to help out with events or workshops, or on-going work at local permaculture sites.
- Identify 10 books and 10 films related to permaculture you’d like to devour in the next year or two.
- Begin to practice in your own life. Continuing practicing is your main focus.
- Stay in touch and informed through list servs, Permaculture Activist magazine, or your regional permaculture organization. Explore Permaculture Credit Union for some of your financial needs.
- Organize Perma-blitz gatherings. If there are other practitioners or students in your region, work at each person’s house to increase your skills. Learn hands-on and in community as much as possible.
- Volunteer to help with any upcoming classes, courses or workshops related to permaculture, especially if you are drawn to teaching. Intern for a summer or period of months at a permaculture site or an organic farm or related non-profit in your region or even abroad. Keep track of dates, location, hours, and leaders/teachers.
- Once you’ve been learning and practicing for one year, and when you feel ready – take the next step in permaculture education.
If you wish to get support in furthering your learning, consider registering as Permaculture Practitioner in Training. If you are interested in a full Diploma in Permaculture, check out the Diploma Requirements. Be ready to supply documentation of your work and continuing education so far (your portfolio).