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

The Response and Recovery Leadership Development Programme (RRLDP) has been established to meet the intermediate and advanced professional development needs of individuals appointed to Controller, Response Manager, and Recovery Manager roles at all levels of emergency response or recovery above small-scale, site-specific incidents.

Recent reviews of responses to, and recovery from, a wide range of emergency situations in New Zealand and abroad, have identified the need to ensure that those in leadership roles in response and recovery have the knowledge, skills, and capabilities necessary to carry out their roles effectively in all contexts.

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.

The learning outcomes and course assessments are based on the Response and Recovery Leadership Capability Framework.  The Capability Framework has been developed by RRANZ and NEMA, in consultation with the wider Emergency Management sector.

Upcoming Tier One courses

Please note:  Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the EM sector, we are constantly reviewing face-to-face course dates.

31 January 2022
2 May 2022
20 June 2022
5 September 2022
21 February 2022 (Auckland)
4 April 2022
22 August 2022
21 November 2022

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 four-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 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.  The following administration fees and time frames for refund percentages are based upon the likelihood of your place being filled by another participant.

Commitment to participate in RRANZ courses brings with it the expectation that the employing organisation has made adequate arrangements to ensure that participants will be available throughout the course.

Requests for consideration of special circumstances can be made to

Participants who have been accepted onto RRANZ courses are subject to the following fees for cancellation.

Online Courses (including RRLDP Part 1, Master Classes, Short Courses)

  • 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.

Non-attendance on the day of a course is considered a cancellation, and a 100% fee will apply. 

Face-to-face Courses – including RRLDP Part 2

  • 30 days or more before the course starts – $200 administration fee
  • 15-29 days before the course starts – 75% of course fee
  • 1-14 days before the course starts – 100% of course fee

Non-attendance on the day of a course is considered a cancellation, and a 100% fee will apply.

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