VOCATIONAL SCHOOL (EPAS) CERTIFICATE (PTYCHIO EPAS) - Specialty "Agrotourism and Agroindustry Businesses"


The holder of an EPAS certificate of this specialty:

1. Identifies and describes the basic principles of the natural environment and ecosystems of the region, the exploitable potential, the ways for their commercial management, for the maintenance and expansion (parks, habitats, etc.) thereof, the importance of agricultural tourism for the economic, social, cultural development of the country, within the framework of the EU.
2. Recognizes the importance of plant and animal ecology for productivity and maintaining the rural environment in combination with the basic principles of conventional and organic farming.
3. Describes the principles of organic agriculture and the plant cultivation and animal husbandry steps based on organic farming.
4. Describes the functions, the rules of organization and the management of an agricultural tourism unit.
5. Identifies, describes the alternative and mild forms of tourism and mountain activities.
6. Describes the methods of producing food of plant and animal origin in the traditional way, and the packaging and marketing thereof.
7. Maintains farm management books and uses the basic rules of agricultural economy.
8. Organizes and implements alternative and mild forms of tourism, and mountain activities.
9. Prepares the soil by applying organic farming principles and cultivates with organic methods winter cereals (wheat, oats, barley) and spring cereals (maize, rice), tree crops (olives, stone fruits, pome fruit, citrus, nuts, grapes), horticulture crops (tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, cabbage, lettuce, etc.), melon fields, and strawberries.
10. Raises animals, such as cows - buffalo, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, horses, by applying the principles of organic farming and uses waste, after conversion to organic matter, for the fertilisation of fields.
11. Prepares, stores and markets, under hygienic conditions: traditional dairy and cheese products (yogurt, butter, cheese) of local name, vine derivatives (vine, wine, homemade liqueur, molasses), fruit (jams, homemade pastries, dried figs and plums and dried fruit), vegetables (tomato paste, sun dried tomatoes, pickles), olive products (olives, olive oil), animal food (sausages, local meats, honey, seafood), traditional pasta (frumenty, noodles) and flour foods (baked bread, pastries, pies), nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts).
12. Manufactures and sells folk art (weaving, handicrafts, ceramics, wood and metal structures).
13. Handles, repairs and maintains tools and maintains and performs simple repairs on the plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems of his business.
14. Receives, sorts and records the tax documents in the books of tax legislation and completes the necessary documents and forms.
1. Collaborates with other technicians in the performance of his duties and understands how to apply their instructions and ensures the observance of timelines that have been set by his superiors.
2. Works independently while taking responsibility for completing his work.
3. Protects the natural resources and the environment.
4. Develops basic communication skills.
5. Utilizes the business opportunities arising from the maintenance, management, and expansion of natural ecosystems (parks, habitats, etc.) with sustainable methods.
6. Meets the basic rules of health and safety.

Relation To Employment

License to provide services, in accordance with the provisions of each specialty.


Access to EPAS is given to graduates of 1st grade of General Upper Secondary School (Lykeio) or Vocational Upper Secondary School (EPAL).
The holders of Ptychio EPAS have access to:
- the 2nd grade of General Upper Secondary School (Lykeio) or
- the 2nd grade of Vocational Upper Secondary School (EPAL), in a non-related specialty to the obtained EPAS qualification.
- the 3rd grade of Vocational Upper Secondary School (EPAL), in a specialty related to the obtained EPAS qualification.

Ways To Aquire

Formal education system