Diploma Programs

What is a Kepler College diploma?

The diploma program is designed to provide a solid and grounded basis to build your astrological skills. The program includes a broad overview of the history of Astrology and it’s 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?

A student should plan on approximately 3-4 years, assuming one class per term, to complete the rigorous series of courses at Kepler College. 

 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 (10-week timeline per course) and Predictive Techniques (5-week timeline per course).

Required courses:

  • Fundamentals I, Introduction to Astrology: RN101/W101 
  • Fundamentals II, Interpretation Essentials: RN102/W102
  • Fundamentals III, Beyond the Basics: RN103/W103
  • Fundamentals IV, Practicum – Chart Synthesis: RN104/W104
  • Transits: RP201
  •  Progressions and Solar Arcs: RP202
  • Working With the Moon: RP203
  • Solar Returns: RP204/W111H
  • Electional Astrology: RP205
  • Practicum – Applied Forecasting in the Client Session: RP220/W113A OR Applied Rectification Practicum: RP301/W112A
  • Chart Calculation: R110/M100
  • Astronomy for Astrologers (Self Study): R111/E400 OR Living Sky Astronomy (10-week course): R112/E410
  • Introduction to Counselling Issues in Astrology: RC210/WR201 OR Consulting Skills: RC211/PD201 (both 10-week courses)
  • Astrological Heritage – Self Study: RH114/E300 OR  both 5-week courses – Astrological Heritage: Babylonian to Hellenistic: RH115 and Astrological Heritage: Renaissance to Modern: RH116.
  • Ethics – Self Study: R117
  • 15 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

Students can apply to transfer credits from classes taken at other institutions. The following information is required. For further details see the section below ‘External Courses…’

  • Name of course and length of study
  • Name of institution where the study was completed
  • Proof of successful completion

Send information to registrar@keplercollege.org.

For additional information, forward your questions to registrar@keplercollege.org

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 additional 60 weeks of study plus a demonstration of professional growth. 

Kepler Advanced Professional Diploma in Astrology (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 – 130 weeks of instruction) OR show a demonstration of equivalent knowledge AND gain the permission of the Kepler College Administration Department. For additional information contact registrar@keplercollege.org.

KAPDA requirements: Sixty (60) weeks of additional coursework, which can consist of a mix of ten or five-week courses. 

  • 5 weeks – Applied Rectification Practicum: RP301/W112A OR Practicum: Applied Forecasting in the Client Session: RP220/W113A
  • 20 weeks of additional application techniques from the list below:
    • Research in Astrology (5 weeks): RA118
    • Essential Dignities & Debilities (5-weeks): RA201
    • Horary Astrology (5 weeks): RA202/CS205A
    • Mundane Astrology (5 weeks): RA301/E540A
  • 5 weeks of Professional Development from the list below:
    •  Marketing your Astrology Practice: PD101/PD101A
    • Web Design and Content Writing: PD102/PD101B
    • Creating a YouTube Channel: PD103
    • How to Shine as a Sun Sign Columnist: PD205/PD105
    • Vocational Astrology: E201
    • Writing for Publications: PD303/PD106A
    • Astropreneurship: PD304/PD104A
    • Toastmasters Pathway completed (external)
  • 30 additional weeks of concentrated study from one of the following certificates:
    • Counselling and Relationships
    • Professional Development
    • Astro Mapping
    • Alternative Traditions
    • Astrological Heritage
    • Symmetrical Astrology
    • Medical Astrology


A Final Demonstration of Equivalent Knowledge 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 them with a Faculty member at Kepler College or email us at registrar@keplercollege.org.

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)

     Advanced Membership

  • 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.


     Professional Membership

  • 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.

Chart your Course in Astrology today.