Upcoming Tier One courses

Part 1 (Online): week commencing
24 June 2024
11 September 2024
Part 2 (In-person):
19 - 23 August 2024 (Wellington)
18 - 22 November 2024 (Christchurch)

Bringing together people with response and recovery leadership roles
to build the depth and breadth of their capabilities.

This is Aotearoa New Zealand’s only university-accredited emergency management leadership development programme.*

It provides professional training for response and recovery leaders across the all-hazards National Security System working at local, regional, and national levels. It meets the specific needs of those currently in leadership roles, as well as those seeking an educational pathway into response and recovery leadership roles.

The programme builds on capabilities developed in training within the latest New Zealand Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) suite of standards, operational leadership training within organisations, and experience gained from actual response and recovery contexts.

*15 credits at 300-level are available as a micro-credential on completion of Part 1 (5 credits) and Part 2 (10 credits) of the programme.

Programme options

The programme offers two tiers of learning:

Tier One

Tier One builds common capabilities for response and recovery. There are two parts, with Part One needing to be completed before undertaking Part Two.

Part One:
An online seven-week programme and assessment.
Part Two:
A 4.5-day face-to-face course and assessment.

Tier Two

For those who have completed the Intermediate course, this will develop response and recovery leadership capabilities further with specialisation for the separate response and recovery leadership roles.

Currently under development.

What our participants say ...

We had the opportunity to apply our learning from the course almost as soon as we got home. Our response was so much more effective than it would have without the leadership course under our belts.

My learnings helped me in understanding the structure and communicating with my team in respect of how the functional roles support one another at all layers and levels.

After the course, I was confident that we had sufficient space to be adaptable and change ingrained working practices.

The course reinforced to me the importance of a collaborative approach to an initial impact assessment and setting the mission and objectives. 

Cancellation, transfer, and refund policy

RRANZ understands there are many reasons that can lead to participants needing to cancel or transfer their participation in our courses. Unfortunately, it may not be possible for your place on the programme to be filled by another participant at short notice, resulting in costs being incurred by RRANZ that cannot be recouped. Student fees are the only source of funding for the RRANZ programme.

The following cancellation, transfer and refund policy applies:

Part 1 (online course)

  • 30 days or more before the course starts – $50.00 administration fee.
  • 8-29 days before the course starts – 50% of the course fee.
  • 1-7 days before the course starts – 100% of the course fee.

Part 2 (face-to-face course)

  • 42 days (6 weeks) or more before the course starts – $200 administration fee
  • 15-41 days before the course starts – 75% of course fee
  • 1-14 days before the course starts – 100% of course fee

Requests for consideration of special circumstances can be made to

In the event of a regional or national state of emergency, RRANZ will likely cancel any scheduled Part Two course at no cost to participants. We strongly recommend participants book fully flexible travel arrangements.

All courses are subject to a minimum enrolment number.

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