Hazmat Responder

This course allows the student to respond to emergency incidents that involve hazardous materials including decontamination processes, while maintaining personal safety.


A Hazmat Responder certificate will be issued on successful completion of this course.

Unit Standard: 3283, 3312

Course Content

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • At fire and other emergency incidents, demonstrate knowledge of potential hazards; and protection of personal safety.
  • explain decontamination procedures.
  • Prepare and set up decontamination facilities in emergency situations.
  • Decontaminate people, equipment and material in emergency situations.
  • Carry out decontamination recording and reporting duties.

The course focuses on:

  • Personal safety at fire and emergency
  • Hazards that may be encountered.
  • Various labelling systems including symbols, numbers, UN class numbers, emergency information panels.
  • Personal protective equipment including differing levels of protection required.
  • Stage 1-3 decontamination requirements.
  • Case studies.
  • Practical activities.

Course structure

The course is a combination of theoretical and practical sessions. Students are assessed continuously during the course.

Course prerequisites

Participants are required to sign a declaration that they are in good health (have no medical, physical or psychological conditions that would affect their ability to succeed in this training).

Note unit standard 3283 is the pre-requisite for 3312.

Assessment process

Theory assessment followed by practical assessment which takes place when student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required. The practical consists of selecting and donning appropriate decontamination equipment; setting up different level decontamination facilities; processing decontamination material; and  completing decontamination records and working through scenarios.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Current Wood Training recommendation is every two years.

Items to bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for wearing under overalls.
  • Socks.
  • Covered-in footwear.
  • Water bottle.
  • Change of clothes and towel for available shower.
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Course Length

1 Day


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth

or at customer premises.


$Please enquire + GST per person

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Important Information

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Meet The Trainers

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Coming from a business background, Ryan worked in the offshore industry before moving onshore to pursue a career as a fire and marine trainer. He has Emergency Care, Fire and Rescue qualifications as well as in the areas of Adult Education and Training. Ryan volunteers his time to work with St John Ambulance as an ambulance officer and as a senior fire fighter with Fire Emergency New Zealand. Ryan stands out as a well-rounded emergency response professional with experience across multiple areas.

Mike Ford

Mike Ford

Mike Ford

Mikes career started with 5 years in the RNZAF specialising in aircraft rescue firefighting. His has 9 years’ experience with FENZ (7 years career and 2 years urban volunteer) this combination provides a rich background of emergency response needs and the training that is required. Mike has just joined the Wood Training team recently and has the knowledge and experience that will be invaluable to developing the future of emergency .

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