Hostile Environment Awareness Training

Practical, cost effective training

Usually, hostile environment awareness training, or HEAT, is expensive and requires around five days of face-to-face training on site. With short time frames before deployment, or for those that are unable to leave the location they’re in, this just isn’t practical.

We understand how important HEAT training is so we’ve designed this blended learning course, enabling those that need it, to undertake training through a cost and time effective route. The course is online and supported with written content, videos, quizzes and interactive scenarios - allowing learners to gain a realistic experience of the experiences on the field.


The course is made up of 6 different modules that have been designed to raise awareness of security and safety within austere environments:


Module 1 is Pre-deployment. Here you’ll get to understand the benefits and risks of working or remaining in challenging, or potentially dangerous, environments and the actions needed. The module covers mission analysis, deployment documentation, medical equipment and everything in between. As well as the interactive scenarios, there is also a pre-deployment quiz and briefing.

Arrival & Orientation

The next module looks at arrival and orientation. Working in an unknown environment with high security risks means your vulnerability is increased, so this module provides you with everything you need to know about keeping safe whilst being deployed. You’ll cover arrival, personal security, vehicles, driving, route planning and how to prepare a grab bag. Your own safety is as important as your teams, so this part of the course is crucial.

In the Field

Module 3 takes you to the field. This module is all about keeping not only yourself but others safe as well. It’s all about understanding and being aware of the situation around you, including behaviours. You’ll also cover awareness of explosives and a plan of action with a quiz at the end to test your knowledge.

Crisis management

The next module covers crisis management. Here you’ll get to grips with demanding environments, procedures, equipment, emotions and body language and how these can affect strategies in de-escalating confrontational encounters. You’ll also cover pre-hospital trauma, reporting and conflict management as well as quiz to test your understanding.

Surviving captivity

Module 5 is all about surviving captivity. Kidnappings are a real threat in dangerous environments and are becoming harder to prevent as kidnapper’s operations become more sophisticated. Kidnapping is a way to raise funds and political visibility and so it is a very serious matter. In this module you’ll understand prevention, survival and coping methods, captivity and release.


The last module covers post-deployment. It is understandable that working in the field can be very stressful, and it can lead to acute stress, PTSD, depression and more. This module covers return to country security reviews, stress management, PTSD and critical incident stress management.

At the end of the course, you will need to complete a final course quiz and a user survey before receiving your completion certificate.

Register for Resilience Academy and discover the benefits of our interactive, onine HEAT course.