Civil Defence Emergency Response (Level 3)

Experience simulated emergency exercises and gain essential rope skills & techniques used in emergency outdoors situations.

Course Aim

To provide participants with the practical skills and knowledge to be able to contribute in outdoor emergency situations. Participants will have the opportunity to experience simulated emergency exercises and gain essential rope skills important in emergency situations.

Learning Objectives

Students will have the opportunity to achieve academic learning objectives that contribute to their National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA) and develop crucial personal and social development skills.

Personal and Social Development Objectives:

Personal and social skills are transferable to any chosen career pathway and are considered essential skills by employers.

  • Increasing willingness to learn
  • Understanding and assuming personal responsibility
  • Developing belief in self and increasing confidence
  • Developing a positive attitude
  • Recognising and developing potential
  • Developing resilience skills (coping with challenge and change)
  • Developing positive communication skills

Course Outline & Assessments:

Course outline including academic learning objectives – Civil Defence Emergency Response L3

For course specific assessments talk to your school Trades Academy coordinator or email

Related Courses & Pathways

Use links below to explore related courses and pathway options:

To view all Whenua Iti Outdoors Trades Academy programmes and a pathway diagram go to further resources section below.

Courses are highly relevant and well planned with activities designed with students safety in mind. The professional staff and ongoing nature of reflective practices help ensure the courses meet stakeholder needs – 2019 NZQA evaluation report

Further resources

| Secondary School Programmes | Download our full programme brochure

| Trades Academy Programmes | Whenua Iti Outdoors (WIO) Trades Academy options

| Programme Pathways Diagram| WIO Trades Academy programme pathways

| Emergency Management | link to Careers NZ Tertiary Training and Career information

Key Components:

  • Trades
  • Adventure

Open to:

Year 13 students

NCEA Level:
20 credits at Level 3


Four one-week blocks (Mon-Thurs)


Residential block course (includes overnights)


Tasman / Nelson


Zero cost to students. Funded by the Ministry of Education.


2020 Intake 1:
Week 1: 29 June – 02 July
Week 2: 20 – 23 July
Week 3: 10 – 13 August
Week 4: 31 August – 03 Sept


Dates may be subject to change.
Some academic objectives may change to align with assessment changes.


  • NCEA

Qualified Educators

You're in safe hands. Our friendly & highly professional educators are expert facilitators, fully trained with recognised outdoor industry qualifications and experience.

Accredited Providers

We are accredited with the NZ Qualifications Authority and all programs align with the NZ Curriculum key competencies.

Safety Comes First

We are a registered provider of Adventure Activities with Worksafe NZ, and are Safety audit certified with OutdoorsMark.

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