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Chris Piper, the senior TorqAid trainer, is both an experienced humanitarian/development practitioner, as well as a trained adult educator; university lecturer; and secondary education teacher. TorqAid is currently facilitating its online Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program, and, separate to this, had, by the second half of 2017, facilitated over 110 accredited DRM and Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops, both across Australia and overseas.


Are you interested in enrolling in our accredited Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program? This consists of six modules, four relating to DRM; one to Participatory Project Management (PPM); and the final one to Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs), with Syria as a key example. When accompanied by a follow-up assignment, this DRM receives tertiary-level accreditation.  Whilst you are welcome to work through the material at your own pace, you might want to consider also joining our twelve week ‘intensives’, when a cohort of students are encouraged to closely dialogue with each other in the forums.  The current intensive is running from 4th September – 26th November, with a further two 12 week intensives planned for 2018 (ie from March-May, and from Sept-Nov). 

Online DRM Training Module Details

Whilst people can study the online DRM modules at any time, and at their own pace, we’re currently in a 12 week intensive where there is concentrated interaction between the participants and the facilitator.

  The six modules (with links to their respective summaries) are:

  • Mod 1:  Key DRM issues Download
  • Mod 2: The Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC) Download
  • Mod 3A:  The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram  Download
  • Mod 3B:  Risk Management  Download
  • Mod 4:  Participatory Project Management (PPM)  Download
  • Mod 5:  Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs), with Syria as the main case study Download

Download The DRM Online Course Registration Forum Download

Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Workshops

Since 2002, over 40 DRM workshops have been facilitated across Australia, and in Vanuatu, PNG, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the UK, Madagascar and South Africa. The subject areas covered include Key DRM Issues; the Disaster Risk Management Cycle; Risk Management and Disaster Risk Reduction; Participatory Project Management; and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs).  TorqAid can be contracted by clients to run customised DRM workshops either across Australia or overseas.

Click here to download a course description Download

Participatory Project Management (PPM) Workshops

Since 2002 over 65 PPM workshops have been facilitated across Australia, as well as in Fiji, PNG, Indonesia, Singapore, Afghanistan and Albania.  Key material includes project management issues and participatory techniques such as the Project Management Cycle (PMC), the Project Design Document (PDD),  the Ten Seed Technique (TST), the Seasonal Calendar, and Teach like a Champion !

Click here to download a course description Download

Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) Training and Manual

TorqAid is able to offer field level Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) facilitation for communities working either overseas or in remote locations across Australia.  As part of this practical training, participants work through a CBDRM Manual, ideally produced in their own language.  Download

Short Training Courses

TorqAid offers five short training course topics related to humanitarian and development work for a selection of stakeholders, these including schools, churches, universities, NGOs, businesses, and government departments.  These short sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of the client in question.  Download