Response & Recovery Leadership training  

 tier one 

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


7 week online course

$1,190.00 (+ GST)

Upcoming courses

Week starting:
11 September 2024
13 January 2025
28 April 2025
23 June 2025
8 September 2025

Course structure

The course consists of seven online modules, each requiring two to four hours of self-paced reading and videos and attending a weekly one-hour online group discussion with guided questions from the session facilitator. You need to attend a minimum of four tutorial sessions.

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.

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

Course content

The seven modules cover:

  1. Introductory session
  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


4.5 days in-person course

$4,820.00 (+ GST)

Upcoming courses

19 - 23 August 2024 (Wellington)
18 - 22 November 2024 (Christchurch)
07 -11 April 2025 (Wellington)
18 - 22 August 2025 (TBC)
17 - 21 November 2025 (TBC)

While this is NOT a residential course, prior participants have suggested attending a course outside your home region is beneficial to enable time for reflection and homework each night.

Course structure

The course includes interactive learning sessions, hazard-specific response and recovery leadership exercises, and written assignments. The content aligns with the RRANZ Leadership Capability Framework, covering contemporary topics in the Emergency Management sector.

Example of course programme
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The RRANZ 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:

  • A solid understanding of CIMS. This can be either CIMS unit standards (or equivalent) or sufficient work experience to demonstrate this understanding.
  • Relevant experience in emergency response, recovery, or other leadership roles. We welcome leaders from both the private and public sectors who hold designated emergency management roles but do not classify themselves as experienced.
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".

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

RRANZ understands there are many reasons why participants may need 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 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.

What our participants say ...

Loved every minute of the course, learned about myself, and can’t wait to continue my journey!

Thank you for everything, it was a once in a lifetime experience for me.

I have noticed a positive change in myself conducting my day job. Just today a novel situation arose and I felt confident in dealing with it whereas before the course I would have probably not have spoken up and let others lead - so thank you for that.

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. 

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