The benefits of becoming a diploma holder
You may want to learn astrology for personal development reasons; or you may want to work with clients professionally. There is no obligation to take our exams but there are major advantages in taking them and gaining our diploma (Dip.astrol.c). It shows potential clients that you have reached the required standard. Local authority adult education classes, and most astrology schools, are only likely to accept tutors with astrological qualifications.
You sit the exams during the autumn and early winter. We issue the exam regulations and announce the dates in early summer. There is no need to attend a centre as you take the exams at home.
Gaining the Diploma
In order to gain the Diploma, you need to take both the Certificate and the Diploma Exams. Also you work on one history project, and two ‘live’ case studies of your choice which are in Modules 7 and 8. You use a specific technique in one of the ‘live’ case studies; and, in the other one, you gain experience in receiving support and supervision. Starting in 2021, you work on a mundane astrology project, and will be given case studies to choose from.
Two examiners mark your Certificate and Diploma papers and there is a pass/fail rate for these. Your tutor assesses the history and mundane projects; and the ‘live’ case studies. S/he does not award marks as such; but s/he has the right to ask you to improve on your work. There are separate fees for taking the exams. The projects and ‘live’ case studies are covered in the fees for Modules 7 and 8.
You can take the Certificate exams when you have completed the Foundation Course; or you have started on the Diploma course due to your earlier studies elsewhere. Take the two Certificate papers in any year, but you should take them before doing the Diploma exams.
There are two exams. Certificate Paper One covers Chart Calculation and Astronomy, and takes place over a weekend. The other one, Certificate Paper Two covers Chart Interpretation and Explaining Astrology and is a two week project. The college chooses a case study for chart interpretation and gives you the birth chart with a short case history.
You can take the Diploma exams when you have finished Module 8.
There are three exams. Diploma Paper One covers Chart Calculation and Astronomy, and Diploma Paper Two covers Interpretation Techniques and Ethics. Papers One and Two take place over a weekend. Diploma Paper Three covers Interpretation and Synastry. You write a detailed analysis for one client and a brief analysis for a second client in some kind of relationship with the first client. You also cover the synastry between the two, and their forecasts. A month is allowed to complete Diploma Paper Three. The case study comes with all the charts and directions you will need, i.e. birth charts, synastry grid, midpoint composite charts, transits, secondary progressions and/or solar arc directions.
Passing the Diploma
If you pass the diploma you can become a full member of the Association of Professional Astrologers International (APAI). One of the benefits of membership, if you live in the UK, is that you can apply for professional indemnity and public liability insurance. You can also be listed on astrologycollege.com’s website on the Consultants’ Page.