What is a Kepler College diploma?
We’ve designed our diploma program to provide a solid and grounded basis to build your astrological skills. Including a broad overview of the history of Astrology, its controversies, the links between Astrology, Astronomy, and their related fields, as well as the various and diverse practices of Astrology through the ages.
Why should I consider a Kepler College diploma?
If you are a student of Astrology seeking to anchor your knowledge in a comprehensive series of courses to grow your practical skills and gain a broader understanding of the history of Astrological philosophies and how they lead to different types of practice, the diploma program at Kepler College is for you. We are one of the longest-established colleges of Astrology in the US and have helped thousands of students chart their own paths.
How long will it take to complete the diploma program?
You should plan on approximately 3-4 years to complete the rigorous series of courses at Kepler College. A 3-4 year student commitment assumes one class per term.
ISAR and NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research) allow students who have completed the diploma program at Kepler College to sit for professional-level exams without requiring those students to complete previous exams. Kepler College recognizes successful diploma program students with their Professional Diploma in Astrology (KPDA).
The Kepler Professional Diploma in Astrology (KPDA)
The Kepler Professional Diploma in Astrology (KPDA) offered by Kepler College requires students to complete one hundred and thirty (130) weeks of instruction.
Sixty (60) weeks of this instruction focus on the Fundamentals of Natal Astrology and Predictive Techniques. All courses included in KPDA are based on a 10-week timeline unless otherwise noted.
- Fundamentals I, Introduction to Astrological Symbolism and Practice: W101
- Fundamentals II, Alternate Tools for Interpretation: W102
- Fundamentals III, Building Delineation Skills: W103
- Fundamentals IV, Practicum in Natal Chart Delineation: W104
- Fundamentals V, Predicting Life Circumstances: W110
- Fundamentals VI, Advanced Predictive Techniques: W111A
- Rectification Basics: W112A or Movement Practicum: W113A
- Chart Mechanics: M100
- Counseling Issues in Astrology: WR201 OR Consulting Skills: PD201
- Astrological Heritage (E300) ten-week course or a combination of any two Astrological Heritage five-week courses.
- Astronomy for Astrologers: E400 OR a combination of any two Astronomy five-week courses
- 30 weeks of Electives
- A final demonstration of learning which can be satisfied by working with the Director of Education to complete an article or research project for submission to a publication or as a community webinar
Please note: Students can transfer credits from classes taken outside of Kepler College but must make prior arrangements. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you!
The Kepler Advanced Professional Diploma in Astrology (KAPDA)
The Kepler Advanced Professional Diploma in Astrology (KAPDA) through Kepler College gives students the opportunity to further develop their knowledge of Astrology by completing an equivalent of six 10-week courses plus a demonstration of professional growth. Kepler College’s KAPDA will progress your skill level in three ways:
- Expand your knowledge of the development of Astrology
- Advance your Astrological skills to a more professional level
- Provide an opportunity to demonstrate your elevated knowledge
Required prerequisite: To enroll in the KADPA at Kepler College, you must first successfully complete your Kepler Professional Diploma in Astrology (KPDA, one hundred and thirty (130) weeks of instruction) OR show a demonstration of equivalent knowledge AND gain the permission of the Kepler College Administration Department.
KAPDA requirements: Sixty (60) weeks of additional coursework, which can consist of a mix of ten or five-week courses.
- A minimum of ten (10) weeks in History, Literature or the Arts, and Astrology
- A minimum of ten (10) weeks in Philosophy as applied to Astrology: Systems Theory, Vedic Philosophy, Western Philosophy, or Esoteric Philosophy.
- A minimum of ten (10) weeks in practical application
- A minimum of five (5) weeks in business and/or marketing for professional practice
- Five (5) weeks of advanced practicum/mentorship for professional practice
Please note: Independent study in a specific area of Astrology may be substituted for up to 20 weeks credited to the KAPDA program. Coursework may consist of up to 20 additional weeks of electives.
A Final Demonstration of Learning is required to complete the KAPDA Diploma at Kepler College. This demonstration must be pre-approved and critiqued by a committee of designated Kepler College faculty members. Examples may include:
- Publication of a written article that is expository (rather than a “creative” essay or one sharing your personal opinion). Similarly, an expository video presentation published on YouTube, Vimeo, or another video platform may also be accepted.
- A recording of a speaking engagement at an event such as a conference
- Serving as Presenter for a Kepler College webinar
- Serving as a Facilitator for a Kepler College study group
- There may be other tangible, acceptable demonstrations of learning, so please discuss with a Faculty member at Kepler College or email us at email@example.com.
External Courses applied to a Kepler College Diploma Program
Students may petition Kepler College to apply coursework they have completed with another school to Kepler for elective credit. This may include courses in History or Astrology, which are required for the Diploma series. External coursework must meet the following requirements:
- A minimum of twenty (20) hours of auditory or live instruction
- Readings must be assigned and completed
- Written homework must be assigned and completed
- The coursework must cover the historical and philosophical underpinnings of the content presented
- Written evidence of successful course completion along with documentation of regular instructor feedback plus a final evaluation showing that the student’s knowledge of tested material must be made available to Kepler College
Kepler College Organizational Alliances
NCGR-PAA – Professional Astrologers’ Alliance (affiliated with NCGR, National Council for Geocosmic Research)
- PAA allows KPDA students to take the Level IV professional exam without having to take their earlier exams.
CAPISAR – International Society for Astrological Research
- Graduates are prepared to write for the exam.
AFA – American Federation of Astrologers (alliance announced at the ISAR conference in August 2022)
- AFA will grant Advanced Membership status to graduates of a Kepler College certificate program that is equivalent to the advanced exam requirements of the AFA.
- An AFA membership is required within one year of completing the Kepler College certificate program in order to receive the advanced membership.
- Previous certificate holders are granted the same opportunity until September 30, 2023.
- AFA will grant Professional Membership status to any graduate of the Kepler College diploma program that is equivalent to the AFA professional exam requirements.
- An AFA membership is required within one year of completing the Kepler College diploma program.
- The AFA Professional Partnership candidate must sit for a proctored exam that consists of chart calculation within one year after completing the diploma program.
- Previous Kepler College diploma holders who meet the AFA professional exam requirements and sit for an AFA proctored exam that consists of a chart calculation are granted the same opportunity until September 30, 2023.