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    APT (Advanced Permaculture Training) was developed by Elfin Permaculture 
in response to an apparent need for more permaculture teachers and 
practitioners and for high standards in the practice and teaching of 
permaculture.  Through APT, Elfin Permaculture shares experience from 
teaching hundreds of permaculture workshops and courses worldwide.  Dan 
Hemenway, founder of Elfin Permaculture, is the principal instructor.  
Eventually we hope to certify graduates of the APT program to become APT 
    An APT enrollee must be a graduate of an approved Permaculture Design 
Course.  In addition, APT trainees must attend a second Permaculture Design 
Course early in his/her APT program.  At least one of these must be a full 
Permaculture Design Course offered by Elfin Permaculture after 1986.  There 
is presently no entrance examination for enrollment in APT.  
    Using permaculture design principles, APT students design their own 
programs based on their needs, resources, and perceptions of their role as 
permaculturists.  Elfin Permaculture guides and supports the program design 
process but we will not direct it. The design specifies the work that the 
trainee will perform while enrolled in APT and how Elfin permaculture will 
provide support and guidance. Whatever the program design, it must specify 
trainee work in four areas: design, design implementation, research, and 
    Design.  In addition to designing his/her own program, an APT trainee 
executes at least one full permaculture design during enrollment in APT. The 
design may be of any scale appropriate to particular training needs and the 
design site may be anywhere.  
    Design Implementation.  After Elfin Permaculture and the site residents 
approve the design, the trainee implements in full the design s/he has 
prepared.  We feel that this is a critical aspect of education for the 
designer.  Changes in the design based on the experience of implementation 
will be discussed with the instructor and must be approved by the site 
residents and Elfin Permaculture.  To the fullest extent possible, 
implementation will be done with hand tools to assure that the trainee has 
direct experience of the energy requirements of design choices.  We will 
visit the design site at least three times; before implementation (during the 
design process), once while implementation is in process, and at the 
conclusion of implementation. 
    Research.  Research can be direct field work or academic research, 
gathering known information together in a useful form, as suits the 
individual trainee.  Research must be needed and useful for permaculture.  
Elfin Permaculture receives as part of consideration for tuition first 
publication rights through our sister organization, Yankee Permaculture.  The 
trainee retains copyright and subsequent publication rights and will receive 
any royalties that Yankee Permaculture customarily pays.  Editing, rewriting, 
layouts, typesetting and illustrations by Yankee Permaculture to make the 
information publishable remain the property of Yankee Permaculture and may 
not be reproduced without written permission.   
    Outreach.  Virtually any form of permaculture outreach that is effective, 
needed and useful suffices this portion of the program.  Depending on the 
individualized program design, this may be conducting introductory 
permaculture workshops, assisting in the teaching of design courses led by 
qualified permaculture instructors, organizing and promoting such events for 
others to lead, writing articles on permaculture, producing teaching, 
marketing, or propaganda media, and so forth.  The critical criterion is that 
the trainee develop and make practical use of skills that help the overall 
effort to promote the adoption of permaculture principles. 
    Each APT apprentice determines the duration of his/her program in its 
design within a minimum of one year and a maximum of four years.  Extensions 
or curtailments must be negotiated with Elfin Permaculture and may result in 
failure of the trainee to receive advanced certification.
    On completion of the program, the trainee may be certified as meeting 
Elfin Permaculture standards for specific permaculture activities.  
Evaluative criteria and the skills and skill levels to be certified will have 
been spelled out in the program design.  A participant is free to request 
additional certification if s/he feels that such levels of competence have 
been achieved during the program.  Competence, growth during the program, and 
practical effectiveness of skills are the principal categories of evaluation 
criteria. All four program areas--design, design implementation, research and 
outreach--and all three evaluation criteria--competence, growth and 
usefulness--must meet the design goals for the trainee to be certified.  
Elfin Permaculture intends that its standards remain high.  The 
individualized trainee program guarantees that any committed person can 
achieve certification at a realistic level of competence. 
    At present, only two slots exist for a residential APT trainees.  APT 
students can otherwise work at home or in any field situation of their 
choice.  In the future, we may have facilities for a small group of  trainees 
to be in residence with Elfin Permaculture. *
    The fees for APT programs are as follows: [Registration Application:  US 
$5.00 in North America; US$10  airmail outside North America. 
Registration Fee: US $50.00. 
Program Design Fee: Negotiable, depending on the needs of the trainee.  
Minimum: US $500.  (Note:  Following the program design process, it is 
expected that some students will determine that the program design itself 
will suffice for guidance.  For these people, the formal APT program ends 
here unless certification is an overriding concern.) 
APT Program: Negotiable, depending on the needs of the trainee.  Minimum: 
$2,500 per year. 
Direct Costs: Direct costs incurred by the program design will be charged to 
the trainee.  Unanticipated Costs: Costs not anticipated in the program 
design, including additional support, guidance or negotiation by Elfin 
Permaculture, will be paid by the trainee in advance of such work. 
Payment Schedule: Payment is due before each step begins. Tuition for 
multiyear programs is payable before each training year begins.   
Other Costs: Costs associated with residence, personal support, 
transportation, use of the design site and supervision by the owner or 
resident of the design site are the responsibility of the trainee. 
Implementation costs may be fully or partially the responsibility of the 
trainee, depending on arrangements with those responsible for the design 
Income and barter: APT trainees can include income sharing or other 
income-producing projects into their program design.  Elfin permaculture may 
barter a portion of tuition for work for Elfin and/or Yankee Permaculture to 
be done before payment is due. We accept up to 50% non-monetary payment for 
training programs.
Scholarships: Because of the individualized nature of instruction, Elfin 
Permaculture does not offer scholarships to its APT program.  Trainees are 
encouraged to solicit scholarship support from other sources. 
    Elfin Permaculture goes anywhere to lead workshops and courses for 
advanced training of permaculture design course graduates.  Details of such 
programs are negotiable.  Fees will follow our standard schedule and costs 
are the responsibility of the host group. 
    Elfin Permaculture will also make arrangements for prospective teachers 
and designers to work with us in an apprentice or mentor model.  In this 
case, the apprentice exchanges work for supervised experience in actual 
teaching programs or paid designs.  A tuition charge may also be involved, 
depending on circumstances.  Apprentice arrangements are individualized. 
Usually, no certificate is issued to apprentices not part of a formal APT 
     Generally we require that the apprentice organize each event.  S/he will 
attend two or three such programs before being given a formal role.  This 
allows time to study and understand our approach so that the apprentice's 
contribution will be compatible. We will work with no more than one person at 
a time in this connection.
    Online advanced training is possible through our online correspondence 
course.  Permaculture Design Course certificate holders may participate with 
specially designed advanced status at the regular tuition rate. Support in 
the mundane aspects of the course, as well as advanced work, are required of 
advanced students.  Advanced students who do not wish to support the routine 
work of the course can participate with specially designed advanced programs 
for double the discussion tuition and quadruple the design review tuition.  
Advanced teaching training can be arranged in the context of this course.
    Elfin Permaculture now also offers a residential program for APT, with 
components to train Permaculture Design Course instructors and Permaculture 
Corps of instructors capable of sensitively and effectively working in poor 
and exploited countries.
    For a complete list of Yankee Permaculture publications of interest to 
prospective permaculture designers and teachers, send US$ 1.00 and a SASE to 
the above address.  
Last revised: 11/25/00