Upcoming Tier 1 courses dates

22 February 2021
3 May 2021
16 August 2021
4 October 2021
23 November 2020
15 February 2021
19 April 2021
2 August 2021
22 November 2021

The Response and Recovery Leadership Development Programme Tier One is made up of two parts:

  • Part 1 - a seven-week online interactive course, and
  • Part 2 - a four-day face-to-face blended course.


There are seven online modules covering the following topics:
  1. Introduction
  2. A changing world
  3. Managing self
  4. Key partnerships and relationships
  5. Leadership concepts and principles
  6. People in disasters
  7. Governance and political layers

Each online module will involve two to four hours of reading/videos, and a one-hour online tutorial session. Some weeks may require more time than others. This time estimate is for the compulsory course content. Many modules contain additional material clearly marked as optional.

Online tutorial sessions are held once a week. Each session will involve a one-hour discussion with guided questions from the session facilitator. Students are required to attend a minimum of four tutorial sessions.

There is an assessment at the end of this course. You must successfully pass this before you can move on to Part 2.

Part 1 fees:  $995.00 (excl.gst)


The course aligns with the RRANZ/NEMA Leadership Capability Framework and covers contemporary topics in the Emergency Management sector.

Part 2 fees:  $3,995.00 (excl.gst)

Example course programme:

The RRANZ/NEMA Leadership Capability Framework details the capabilities expected in leaders within Response and Recovery and forms the basis of the programme. Individuals can use the framework to understand their own skill levels and organisations can use it to inform staff development.

The framework is based on international research and has been workshopped with local, regional, and central government agency stakeholders.

Those undertaking the programme need:

  • Current CIMS 4 unit standard or higher qualification (or equivalent). A solid understanding of CIMS. This can be demonstrated by holding CIMS unit standards (level 4 or higher) or equivalent (e.g. ITF Intermediate course).
  • Relevant experience in emergency response or recovery, or other leadership roles.
  • Working knowledge of the respective response or recovery management processes of employing organisation.
  • Employer endorsement.
Part One:

There are THREE parts to the successful completion of the Part One online course:

  1. Review of all material provided in Takatū.
  2. Attendance and participation at a minimum of four online tutorials.
  3. Completion of the final written assessment.

To be considered for participation in the Tier One Part Two course, you need to obtain at least 51% in the final assessment.

Part Two:

There are FOUR pieces of assessment needed to complete the Part two course:

  1. Reflective journal
  2. 360-degree survey
  3. Professional development plan
  4. Assessment workbook

To be considered for participation in the Tier Two (Advanced) course, you need to get at least 6 competent grades in this assessment OR be able to demonstrate to the selection committee that you have done sufficient further professional development in areas graded as “developing".


Students who seek to have an assessed course work component re-marked should consult with the course coordinator to clarify the feedback and/or the mark awarded. Re-marking of course work is offered in exceptional circumstances only; the onus is on the student to justify the request. Cases based on calculation errors within the original marking of the course work should be forwarded to the course coordinator.

For coursework to be eligible for re-marking it must:

  1. be the original work submitted for assessment together with the marker's comments;
  2. normally contribute at least 15 percent towards the final grade for the course;
  3. must have been formally assessed only once previously;
  4. be submitted within one week from the date of release of the original assessment result.

(Based on Massey University's assessment and examination regulations:
https://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/calendar/studying-at-massey-university/assessment-and-examination-regulations.cfm )

This programme will be evaluated on a regular basis, encompassing feedback on the programme itself and the changing needs in response and recovery management.