The programme has been developed to support Controllers, Recovery Managers, and Response Managers to develop their response and recovery management and leadership capabilities. It has been developed within Aotearoa New Zealand’s ‘all-hazards, all-agencies’ National Security System.

The programme is provided by Matatū Mataora Aotearoa - Response & Recovery Aotearoa New Zealand (RRANZ) a professional development consortium of universities, iwi, private training providers, and subject matter experts in response and recovery leadership. The consortium is led by Massey University in strategic partnership with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Upcoming Tier 1 courses dates

Note: Part 1 courses include a 1-hour Zoom meeting each Wednesday. Part 1 must be completed before undertaking Part 2. Locations for Part 2 will be advised in due course.

5 October 2020
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

How to register for the programme

Private sector applicants can complete the online registration form.

For NEMA (government) applicants you can register their interest by completing the nomination form. Please ensure you have the permission of your line manager before completing the form. Nominations are managed by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and will be reviewed regularly by the selection panel. Selection will be confirmed no later than 2 weeks before the start of the online dates. Note, completing the nomination form does not guarantee you will be selected, If not selected, feedback will be provided.

These are informed by the RRANZ Response & Recovery Leadership Capability Framework that is currently being refined in parallel to the courses.

The Response and Recovery Leadership Capability Framework is based on international research and has been workshopped with local, regional and central government agency stakeholders. It 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.

Download the draft Framework

Each course commences with a part-time online learning component hosted in takatū, the free learning portal for emergency management in New Zealand.

The online learning leads into a week-long face-to-face active learning experience. These will be held at various locations around New Zealand.

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.

Individuals with extensive response or recovery leadership experience will be able to apply to have their current capability assessed against the learning outcomes of the Programme. Applicants will be required to make a submission which will be assessed in the same manner as those who go through the full programme.

Applicants for RCC will be deemed “Learning outcome achieved” or “Learning outcome not yet/partially achieved” - development required”, with recommendations for additional capability development which may include attendance of all or parts of the Response and Recovery Leadership Capability Development Programme.

Participants will be assessed throughout both the online and in-person components of the programme, with an emphasis on assessing the capability of candidates to perform in their respective response or recovery leadership roles.


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 )

The fee for each of the Tier One and Tier Two components of the 2019 programme is $4,945 incl GST per participant.

This fee does not include accommodation or travel costs, which are to be met by the participants.

An administration fee will be charged for applications for Recognition of Current Capability (RCC).

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

Course outline