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Tuesday 21 Feb - 1:06 pm

The State of Emergency covering Christchurch City and Selwyn District in relation to the Port Hills fires has been extended. For latest updates please see the Christchurch Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCDEM and Christchurch City Council website https://ccc.govt.nz/the-council/newsline/show/1406

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Integrated Training Framework

The Integrated Training Framework (ITF) provides professional development courses for anyone who could be employed in a coordination centre during an emergency.

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Who the ITF is for

What you will get out of the ITF

ITF courses

Foundation Course

Intermediate Course

Advanced courses

Leadership Course

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The ITF is based on the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) and has been developed to meet coordination centre training and development requirements throughout the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) sector.

The ITF was established by a consortium of regional CDEM Groups, supported by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, to promote and support professional development.


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Who the ITF is for

The ITF is for anyone who could potentially be employed in a coordination centre during an emergency.

Within CDEM, coordination centres operate at the local (Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)), regional (Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC)) and national (National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC)) levels.


participants on an ITF course

What you will get out of the ITF

  • Foundation, intermediate and/or advanced understanding of how coordination centres operate and how you fit in.
  • Enhanced competence and confidence to work in a coordination centre, both as a generalist and within a specific CIMS function.
  • Recognition as someone that has been trained to work in a coordination centre.
  • Familiarity with the principles, structure, terminology and employment of the CIMS.

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ITF Courses

There are four levels of courses: Foundation, IntermediateAdvanced and Leadership.

Each course will have an assessment participants will need to complete before they can progress to the next level.

Foundation Course

The first level is the ‘ITF Foundation Course’. This is a four-hour interactive training session that introduces the CIMS principles, structure and terminology, as well as the context of civil defence emergencies.

This basic course is designed for anyone who may work in a coordination centre, including support staff.

On successful completion of the ITF Foundation Course, participants can be credited with unit standard 17279 Demonstrate knowledge of the coordinated incident management system (CIMS).

Intermediate Course

The second level is the ‘ITF Intermediate Course’. This is a two-day interactive training session that introduces participants to how the CIMS is used within a coordination centre and some of the processes and procedures involved.

Successful completion of the ITF Intermediate Course will allow participants to work under supervision in a coordination centre.

Qualification on the ITF Intermediate Course is a pre-requisite for attendance on courses at the next level.

Advanced courses

The third level is the ‘ITF Advanced’ suite of courses. These courses offer a number of development opportunities that are tailored to each CIMS function within a coordination centre. The courses vary in duration depending on the CIMS function, however all are interactive and encourage the participant to learn through practical exercises and scenarios.

Successful completion of the ITF Advanced courses relevant to an individual’s role will allow them be work unsupervised in a coordination centre. Some may also qualify to act in a leadership role.

The ITF Advanced courses are:

  • CC Advanced – Logistics
  • CC Advanced – Welfare (final stages of development)
  • CC Advanced – Civil Defence Centres (final stages of development)
  • CC Advanced – Public Information Management (to be developed)
  • CC Advanced – Planning (to be developed)
  • CC Advanced – Intelligence (to be developed)
  • CC Advanced – Operations (to be developed)
  • CC Advanced – Finance (to be developed)
  • CC Advanced – Lifeline Utilities Coordination (to be developed)
  • CC Advanced – CIMS Function Interface (to be developed)

Leadership Course

The fourth level is the leadership course currently being developed. This will be targeted at those that will go on to act as a Section Manager or in another leadership role such as Response Manager.


Contact us

Contact your Integrated Training Framework (ITF) Regional Champion for further information.

If you’re not sure who your Champion is, contact the MCDEM Capability Development team MCDEMCapDev@dpmc.govt.nz