Coral Propagation Trainer Course

Start teaching coral conservation
The Ocean Quest Coral Propagation Trainer course is a leadership certification which qualification entitles for a teaching status in the Ocean Quest Coral Education Programs. The trainers in this program shall be teaching the techniques and methodology of coral propagation designed by Ocean Quest. The Coral Propagation Techniques is known as the “Coral Gardening” course. It is a non scientific program that enables everybody to systematically learn how to propagate corals and eventually create broad scaled restoration of damaged coral reefs. The purpose of this education system is to ensure correct handling of corals and to minimize impact to the coral reef in the processes of restoration.

Roles and Duties

Become our link with your local community

Like all educators the Ocean Quest Coral Propagation Trainers are our link to the community and our guardian for the marine environment. This is reflected in our Trainer’s Code of Ethics. Selected trainers shall be trained further to pursue higher levels that enables them to train other trainers. These qualities are the strength of all our trainers. Besides restoring coral reefs through education the role of Ocean Quest Trainers are learning and understanding the dynamics of local communities. This in turn will lead to solution finding for conservation. The Ocean Quest trainer represents Ocean Quest in our bid to save the coral reefs in a non conflicting approach. This means the trainer shall continually find ways that benefits the community from what they are doing.

Entry Prerequisites

To become a Coral Propagation Trainer you must first enroll in the Coral Restoration Course. The course gives candidates the first feel of what coral propagation is all about. It can be part of an intensive Coral Propagation Trainer Course and it is conducted on the first days of the training.

To enroll in the Ocean Quest CPP Trainer Level 1 course the candidate must meet the following requirements:

– Have participated in at least 1 Ocean Quest Coral Propagation Workshop.

– Minimum certification level: Divemaster

– A certified first aider (EFR) or equivalent


The Ocean Quest CPP Trainer Level 1 course shall take six (6) days to complete. In this duration the course is divided into two parts:

Academic Part There are six chapters in the Ocean Quest Coral Propagation Guidebook with Quizzes to complete. The Academic hours to complete the academic part is eight (8) hours inclusive of knowledge reviews. The academic part is divided into four sessions. Each session lasts two hours. The sessions are spread over the 2 days period with the remaining time spent on;
Practical Part: There are two segments of the practical parts of the Ocean Quest CPP Trainer Level 1 course;

Shore Segment This part of the practical training involves the processes involved in coral propagation. This segment shall take four (4) hours to complete. The training is divided into two sessions of two hours each, spread over the third and fourth days of the course.

Diving Segment There are six (6) scheduled coral propagation training dives in the Ocean Quest CPP Trainer Level 1 Course. Each dive carries specific course objective. The Ocean Quest CPP Trainer candidate is required to meet all the course objectives.

Course Fees

The course fee for the Coral Restoration Trainer Course is  USD 500, that includes:

1. Guide to Coral Propagation Textbook

2. Coral Propagation Trainer Manual

3. Coral Propagation Workshop Flip Chart

4. Coral Propagation Workshop Promotional Kit

5. Course teached by a Ocean Quest Level 3 Trainer

Progression of Training

The Ocean Coral Propagation education system has three levels:

1. Coral Propagation Workshop – this is a one day entry level workshop aimed at instilling basic knowledge of coral propagation.

2. Coral Restoration Course – this is a three days comprehensive course for those wanting to start their own coral propagation project at selected locations. (information in this page is all pertaining to this workshop)

3. Coral Propagation Trainer Course – upon successful completion of this course the student is awarded teaching status which enable them to conduct workshops and certification courses. (information in this page is all pertaining to this course)

Things you will learn

Introduction to Coral Propagation This subject covers the general aspects of coral propagation, its benefits and preliminary steps.

Corals This subject covers the fundamental of coral anatomy, forms, feeding and reproduction behaviors.

Coral Propagation Tools, Materials and Equipment This subject outlines the equipment requirements of coral propagation.

Broodstock Collection, Extraction and Handling This subject explains the techniques of coral collection for propagation purposes.

Substrate This subject explains the techniques of substrate selection and preparation for purpose of coral propagation.

Coral Propagation Techniques This subject covers the process of coral propagation.

Teaching Coral Propagation This subject prepares the Ocean Quest CPP Trainer Level 1 for teaching coral propagation workshop and coral propagation course.

Capacity of CPP Level 1 Trainers

Upon completion of the course the CPP Level 1 Trainer is qualified to:

Conduct Ocean Quest Coral propagation workshops. Ocean Quest Coral propagation workshops are limited to the outlines set forth in the Ocean Quest Trainer’s outline.

Assist in team teaching of larger groups in the Ocean Quest coral propagation programs.

To increase their capacity and qualify to conduct Ocean Quest Coral Propagation Programs with larger groups and corporate program the Ocean Quest CPP Level 1 Trainer is recommended to enter the Ocean Quest CPP Trainer Level 2 course.