CDEM Training Courses

Information about training and courses offered by MCDEM and other providers.

MCDEM Workshops

CDEM Controllers Development Programme

Integrated Training Framework (ITF)

Providers of External Courses

MCDEM Workshops

MCDEM delivers regular interactive workshops for the CDEM sector to assist them to enhance their skills and share information, experiences, ideas and good practice.

The workshops are designed in line with the CDEM Competency Framework and role maps. Attending a MCDEM workshop is one part of a CDEM professional’s learning and development to perform their role.

There’s no cost to attend the workshops but participants or their employers need to organise and fund travel, accommodation and related expenses.

Once the new workshop dates have been decided, they will feature in takatū, and the dates will also be communicated to the CDEM Group Managers.

CDEM Controllers Development Programme

A CDEM Controllers Development Programme, a joint venture between MCDEM, Massey University, GNS and AUT, has been created to meet the capability development needs of Controllers at local, regional and national levels.  The CDEM Controllers' Development Programme is the only programme sanctioned by MCDEM to represent qualification for the role of Controller. If you are currently in a Controller role within a CDEM Group and would like to enrol in the programme, nomination forms are available from MCDEM Regional Emergency Management Advisors.

If you require any further information regarding the programme, please contact the Capability Development team 

CDEM Controllers' Development Programme brochure (.pdf 1.2mb)

If you have already completed this programme don’t forget to look at the Controller’s Landing page  in takatū to articles and discussions.

Integrated Training Framework (ITF)

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

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 members of regional CDEM Groups, supported by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, to promote and support professional development.

There are four levels of courses:


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

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

In some CDEM Groups there is the option of completing the CIMS2 booklet to become credited with unit standard 17279 Demonstrate knowledge of the coordinated incident management system (CIMS).

Please contact your CDEM Group Trainer for details.


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.

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

Function Specific

These courses offer a number of development opportunities tailored to each CIMS function and will vary in duration.

Successful completion of the ITF Functional 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 Functional courses are:

  • CC Function – Logistics
  • CC Function – Welfare
  • CC Function – Civil Defence Centres
  • CC Function – Public Information Management 
  • CC Function – Planning (under development)
  • CC Function – Intelligence (under development)
  • CC Function – Operations (to be developed)
  • CC Function – Finance (to be developed)
  • CC Function – Lifeline Utilities Coordination (under development)
  • CC Function – Co-ordination Centre Interface
  • CC Function – Recovery (under development)


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 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

Providers of External Courses

These providers use CIMS as a basis for their course. CIMS is a tool designed for those involved in the management of emergencies. It is a framework that can be applied by multiple agencies by having principles, structures, functions, processes and terminology that are consistent and apply to all agencies.

It was created primarily for emergency service responders who through legislative responsibilities are regarded as being the lead agency in an emergency. CIMS is used widely across Government and by many businesses as they develop their own emergency management plans.

A second edition of CIMS has recently been completed and is now available:

Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS), 2nd Edition

  • Many universities in NZ offer higher level Emergency Management papers and qualifications.  Search the individual university websites to find one that may be appropriate for you.
  • GNS-NIWA Natural Hazards Centre Short Courses

You can also look in takatū for any links to courses that may be of interest to you. 

Webinar: CDEM guide for Mayors and elected officals

Are you an elected official with responsibilities during a response? This webinar has been developed to support your role during an emergency. 

Webinar: CDEM guide for Mayors and elected officals