Permaculture as a whole has a diverse bunch of teachers. No two seem the same and there are so many ways to teach permaculture. Where do these teachers get their skills? Is there an international permaculture teachers college? Is there a university course one can take? Who sets the standards? Does some international organization accredit a teacher? How long does it take to become a teacher in permaculture? These are questions I get asked all the time.
Nobody, in my 26 years of permaculture, has ever asked me to see my permaculture design certificate or some accreditation to show I’m a permaculture teacher. There is no international body that seriously accredits permaculture teachers as far as I know. Sure there are groups and organizations claiming to be such but you can teach permaculture straight after a PDC if you are game.
Bill Mollison set up a simple system for diplomas in permaculture. You would complete your PDC and then register your interest to continue on to do a diploma with your teacher. After that, you would do permaculture projects in your chosen field and, after 2 years, present the evidence of your work to your teacher. Your teacher would then vet the work you have done in the field and give you a cover letter granting you a diploma of permaculture (Dip Perm). You then would send that letter along with, I recall, $35 Australian and you would receive a Dip Perm from the Permaculture Institute of Australia, recognized according to Bill, by Oxford University. The original diplomas had Bill Mollison’s signature on them.
Even though I have such a diploma, the reason nobody ever asks me to see it is my real diploma is the work that I do in the field. Teaching permaculture is part of the work I do. When you get great results, other parties want you to do their projects. Who cares about a certificate? Would you ask Bruce Lee if he has a certificate to kick ass? Each successful project completed leads me somehow to the next. A Green Warrior principle is “Demonstration is authority”. If you can do it then you can teach it. That works better than a teacher that teaches but cant demonstrate what they teach. He may though have a beautifully framed certificate hanging in his home or office.
Look at the various sites on the Internet advertising “Teacher training” in permaculture. Most of these offer a one-week course. In one week you can become a permaculture teacher…Bullshit! Yeah, you heard right. Total crap. These are courses run to make money. It’s simply a commercial operation. To become a teacher you need a hell of a lot more than a week worth of classroom training. Would you go to a brain surgeon or an engineer who had a weeks training?
Green Warrior Permaculture can train you to become a permaculture teacher if you want to work with us. It takes 2 years minimum for trainees to gain the necessary skills to be able to teach on their own. This is not a scheme to make money. It is a scheme to multiply permaculture trainers to help the human race restore our planet and learn to live sustainably.
Our system is simple. First, you need to do a PDC with a decent teacher somewhere on Earth. If you do it with us then that will give you the hands-on skills straight away.
Next you apply to Green Warrior to do the 10-week permaculture internship course. Our Permaculture Field School is located in the rural Philippines and we conduct aid work in our surrounding communities so you will get plenty of practice setting up real permaculture systems and training people who want the skills. You will get training in how to teach, write a lesson plan, set up a hands-on workshop and a thousand other skills a trainer needs.
As a trainee you will test your teaching skills on live courses or workshops as part of a training team. Don’t worry; we wont throw you in the deep end straight up. We have your back all the way.
When you have finished the 10 weeks internship you will know weather you have enough ability to be a permaculture teacher or not. Some people will never have what it takes to teach other people but most of us can be taught to teach well.
Once you pass the 10-week internship, you become a cadet trainer for 20 months, even longer if you need extra coaching. In that time you will assist in teaching at least 5 Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses and many one and two day workshops. Your final test will be running an entire PDC as the lead trainer. Your students will evaluate your performance as well as your co-trainers.
Yes, you will get a certificate! You will also have on your CV all the activities you participated in or co-managed with photos to back up your certificate.
It is a worthy career move becoming a permaculture teacher. We will give you supporting documentation and recommendations to help you find employment. Personally I can’t keep up with the demand for good permaculture trainers and project managers. There is endless work, for capable people, repairing the planet and teaching communities how to grow their way out of poverty. That demand is increasing. You will be paid and you’ll never be bored again.
Our next intake of wannabe Permaculture Teachers starts on October 2, 2018. We will kick off the training with a PAC, or Permaculture Aid Certificate Course. Our trainers learn hands-on in the field so aid work is a fast track to real skills. Yes, it will cost money but not as much as you think.
If you have a calling to be an effective Permaculture Teacher or a Permaculture Aid worker contact me, Steve Cran, at firstname.lastname@example.org