A formal PEP1 program would last 2 weeks (~80 hours). Completing the PEP1 program requires 16 sand badges.
A formal PEP2 program would fill a summer (~510 hours). Requires 1 wood badge + 7 straw badges + 14 sand badges.
A formal PEP3 program would take about nine months (~1550 hours). Requires 7 wood badges + 15 straw badges.
A formal PEP4 program would take a little over two years (~4700 hours). Requires 3 iron badges + 12 wood badges + 7 straw badges.
In general, I think the approximate time to complete a badge would be about:
sand badge: ~5 hours
straw badge: ~40 hours (+35 hours over sand, about 4 or 5 days)
wood badge: ~220 hours (+180 hours over straw, about 4 to 5 weeks)
iron badge: 1250 hours (+1030 hours over wood, about six months)
Most of the students would have completed the PEP1 program in 80 hours, but some would have put in longer hours. Some people would complete PEP1 without a formal PEP1 program. They would have done it all from home - they posted pictures of their progress to permies and got certified online. Somebody in the permaculture bootcamp program would probably get half of their PEP1 requirements met with project labor in a month - and they might get the other half completed on their own time (evenings and weekends).
I like that it allows some wiggle room for personal interests to drive how PEP works for me. I can get my straw badge in animal husbandry for instance and my other 12 sand badges will show how I can stack functions with my animals through landscape design, fiber harvesting, on farm economics, rotational grazing, green woodworking, etc. Now I might have the required covered, ive started to see the world through Pail’s Eyes, but I get to start to build the permaculture system of my dreams. Then I can move on to PEP 2 to grow my skills and uncover more interconnectedness.
Tony and Shelly
Novel Idea Homestead
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