Incident Investigation

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand the principles of incident investigation.


An Incident Investigation certificate will be issued on successful completion of all assessment requirements.

Unit Standard: 17601 L4 C6 V4

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Identifying cause and effects of incidents.
  • Using and implementing safe working practices.
  • Understanding investigation procedures and their use and appropriate reporting of investigation procedures.
  • Analysing appropriate control and recovery action to prevent injury, harm or re-occurrence.
  • Identifying cause and effects of incidents.
  • Fault, event and investigation trees.
  • Concepts of incident causation.
  • Incident investigation process, interview techniques.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain why workplace accidents need to be reported and investigated.
  • Explain the concepts of multiple causation and root-cause analysis.
  • Detail an incident investigation process using a hypothetical incident.
  • Produce an incident investigation report based on a documented incident.

Course structure

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

Course prerequisites


Assessment process

Theory assessment which takes place when the student is ready, and includes the completion of a on the job assignment (OJA) signed off by a supervisor at the student’s workplace and returned within 90 days.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. 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 participating in practical exercises.
  • Covered-in footwear.
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Course Length

1 Day


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth

or at customer premises.


$340 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Meet The Trainers

Malcolm White

Malcolm White

Malcolm White

Consultant, Training Facilitator and company director, Mal has a history of work in the oil and gas sector, process operation and hazard management.  He has extensive experience in many roles in the workforce and brings authentic experience to the training situation.  With a background in physics, chemistry, statistics and human anatomy he knows his subject matter well, and this knowledge and experience comes to the fore in his training and delivery.


A very comprehensive course.  Great presenter.

PF Olsen Ltd

Good course.  Got some good tools to take away.


Well done, enjoyed course.


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