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Chris Piper is our Principal Trainer, although we also draw down on the expertise of our Global Humanitarian Practitioner (GHP) network. Chris is a qualified teacher and adult educator, and has also taught as a university lecturer.  Our training centres around two main programs, namely the Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program, as well a Participatory Project Management (PPM) program.  Since 2002, over 110 PDRM and PPM workshops have been facilitated across Australia and overseas, with online training being offered since 2016.  An annual accredited PDRM runs from mid-July through to November, with Stage 1 (the teaching of the seven Topics) running from mid-July to the end of August, and Stage 2 (Assignment work) continuing until the end of November.


The 2023 humanitarian training program has now been planned out. This consists of Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) workshops and online teaching.  A separate online program will also run from mid July through to October 2023, with Zoom teaching sessions held on Wednesday evenings Melbourne time.  The online PDRM brochure and assessment details are given below.

PDRM Workshop & Online Topics

The seven topics covered in the 2023 PDRM workshop and online course are the following. 

  • TC 01:   Key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrams & Issues
  • TC 02:   Case Study:  The February 2023 Turkish Earthquakes
  • TC 03:   Humanitarian Attributes/Competencies & Codes of Conduct
  • TC 04:   Risk Management
  • TC 05:   Climate Change
  • TC 06:   Complex Emergencies/Crises
  • TC 07:    Participatory Project Management (PPM).  The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) Workshops

Since 2002, over 40 Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) workshops have been facilitated across Australia, and overseas. The latter locations have included Vanuatu, PNG, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the UK, Madagascar and South Africa. TorqAid can be contracted by clients to implement and facilitate customised PDRM workshops across Australia and overseas.

Click here to download a course description [ddownload 2023-pdrm-training

Participatory Project Management (PPM) Workshops

Since 2002, 70 Participatory Project Management (PPM) workshops have been facilitated across Australia and overseas.  The work in Australia has included interaction with Development Practitioners working with Aboriginal Communities across remote Australia. The overseas locations have included Fiji, PNG, Indonesia, Singapore, Afghanistan and Albania.

Click here to download a course description Download