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Certifications in Natural Building

The Natural Living Design & Build Team

The Natural Building Certifications are an in-depth study in the field of sustainable building and design. The participants in these certifications will learn how to construct dwellings that can be built to satisfy local and state building codes. 

Participants have five options to choose from depending on the level of experience they are interested in receiving, and what level of training they would like to leave with.  Starting with the most basic, up to the highest levels. Each participant is responsible for clocking their training hours and continued education hours.

The Natural Living Design & Build team will only be accepting participants who are interested in completing one or all the certification programs we have to offer.  The courses are extremely intensive and only prospective students that are truly interested in making a career in the field of natural building or permaculture should apply.  Students need to understand that the level of commitment to the school, classes, and full schedule are for those with a high level of discipline, commitment, and energy. With full commitment, participants should be willing to not only work full time on the job site but also be eager to independently learn outside of work with recommended reading and learning opportunities.  

Applicants have five options to choose from depending on the level of experience they are interested in receiving, and what level of training they would like to achieve, see below for the most basic training up to the highest levels.   Visit http://www.naturalbuildingtocode.com for more details about each certification and to apply for any positions. 

“Apprenticeship Certification in Natural Building” – 9 months certification, or 1,440 working hours. With 720 hours in natural building and 720 hours in conventional building.

  • Includes 3 month minimum internship equal to 480 hours, and 6 months as an apprentice equal to 960 hours.
  • Total cost for Apprenticeship program is $300 a month. Does not include food or accommodations. Total cost is $2,700. Must be paid in full by start of semester. $1350 is refundable if the participants drops out of the program within 30 day of the start of the semester. After the 30 days the tuition is non-refundable. Participants can be expelled from the program with no refunds after the 30 day drop date. Please read the rules and guideline to assure our program is a right fit for you. Financial aid is available with a deposit, and monthly payments.

“Journeyman Certification in Natural Building” – 12 months certification, or 1,920 working hours. With 960 hours in natural building and 960 hours in conventional building.

  • Prerequisites:  The apprenticeship program equal to 1440 hours, with at least  720 hours in natural building and 720 hours in conventional building.
  • Total cost for the Journeyman program is $300 a month. Does not include food or accommodations. Total cost is $3,600. Must be paid in full by start of semester. $1,800 is refundable if the participants drops out of the program within 30 day of the start of the semester. After the 30 days the tuition is non-refundable. Participants can be expelled from the program with no refunds after the 30 day drop date. Please read the rules and guideline to assure our program is a right fit for you. Financial aid is available with a deposit, and monthly payments.
  • If participants are accepted into the Journeyman program, they will start at $15 an hour, with the possibility to increase up to $20 an hour, depending on their skill level and work ethic.

“Foreman Certification in Natural Building” – 12 month certification, or 1,920 working hours. With 960 hours in natural building and 960 hours in conventional building.

  • Prerequisites: The apprentice program equal to 1,440 hours, with at least 720 hours in natural building and 720 hours in conventional building. The journeyman program equal to 1,920 hours, with at least 960 hours in natural building and 960 hours in conventional building.
  • The cost for the Foreman program is $300 a month. Does not include food or accommodations. Total cost is $3,600. Must be paid in full by start of semester. $1,800 is refundable if the participants drops out of the program within 30 day of the start of the semester. After the 30 days the tuition is non-refundable. Participants can be expelled from the program with no refunds after the 30 day drop date. Please read the rules and guideline to assure our program is a right fit for you. Financial aid is available with a deposit, and monthly payments.
  • If participants are accepted into the Foreman program, they will start at $20 an hour, with the possibility to increase up to $25 an hour, depending on their skill level and work ethic.

“General Natural Builder Certification” – 12 month certification, or 1,920 working hours. With 960 hours in natural building and 960 hours in conventional building.

  • Prerequisites: The apprentice program equal to 1,440 hours, with at least 720 hours in natural building and 720 hours in conventional building. The journeyman program equal to 1,920 hours, with at least 960 hours in natural building and 960 hours in conventional building. The Foreman program equal to 1,920 working hours. With 960 hours in natural building and 960 hours in conventional building.
  • Total cost for the General NB program is $300 a month. Does not include food or accommodations. Total cost is $3,600. Must be paid in full by start of semester. $1,800 is refundable if the participants drops out of the program within 30 day of the start of the semester. After the 30 days the tuition is non-refundable. Participants can be expelled from the program with no refunds after the 30 day drop date. Please read the rules and guideline to assure our program is a right fit for you. Financial aid is available with a deposit, and monthly payments.
  • If participants are accepted into the General NB program, they will start at $25 an hour, with the possibility to increase up to $30 an hour, depending on their skill level and work ethic.

OR

“Master Natural Builder Certification”– 12 month certification, or 1920 working hours, all on the building trade the participants wishes to master.
*Prerequisites: Prerequisites: The apprentice program equal to 1,440 hours, with at least 720 hours in natural building and 720 hours in conventional building. The journeyman program equal to 1,920 hours, with at least 960 hours in natural building and 960 hours in conventional building. The Foreman program equal to 1,920 working hours. With 960 hours in natural building and 960 hours in conventional building.

  • Total cost for the Master NB program is $300 a month. Does not include food or accommodations. Total cost is $3,600. Must be paid in full by start of semester. $1,800 is refundable if the participants drops out of the program within 30 day of the start of the semester. After the 30 days the tuition is non-refundable. Participants can be expelled from the program with no refunds after the 30 day drop date. Please read the rules and guideline to assure our program is a right fit for you. Financial aid is available with a deposit, and monthly payments.
  • If participants are accepted into the Master NB program, they will start at $25 an hour, with the possibility to increase up to $30 an hour, depending on their skill level and work ethic.

To find out more about our Natural Building Certification please contact us at info@naturallivingschool.com or call 530-277-8127

6 Replies to “Join The Team”

  1. I would like more information on the certification program when it comes to the amount of classes required for certification. I am also curious about the time frame for which this certification could be done, either a over a constant time frame, class to class, etc. Lastly, the expense of the certification and any other information I may have missed and is not on the website.
    Thanks!
    Mia

  2. Hi,
    My wife and I are interested in your natural building program. We live in Panama and plan to build natural homes here. we’d be very happy to learn more about your upcoming workshops and certification program in natural building as well as permaculture.
    Thanks,
    Daniel

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