An immersive, online security course

Traditionally, Hostile Environment Awareness Training, often called HEAT, has been limited to three to seven days of face-to-face training often requiring residential stays. Participants receive a mix of presentations and lectures plus simulated exercises to help give them a better understanding of the security principles involved with staying safe in hostile environments.

Utilising powerful, Near-Life™ technology, alongside expert content, Resilience Academy is able to bring HEAT training online and give learners an experience similar to what they would receive across a five-day residential course at a fraction of the cost.

Developed in partnership with Blue Mountain Group, Resilience Advisory Network and UK ISAR, our HEAT course gives participants the latest in HEAT training content while our Near-Life™ interactive scenarios test learners' ability to deal with real time threats.

Ease and accessibility

This course is ideal for anyone working in or about to deploy to hostile environments, anyone who has already done a face-to-face HEAT course and is looking to refresh their learning or local personnel who are unable to attend face-to-face training.  

Former National Coordinator for UK ISAR, Sean Moore, explains how the online course supports the training that his teams do in this film.


The online HEAT course combines written content, videos, quizzes and interactive scenarios across six modules to help raise awareness of security and safety issues for those working in challenging environments. The unique interactive scenarios allow learners to gain a realistic experience of the situations they are likely to encounter while on deployment.


In Module 1, learners will 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. Learners will receive a pre-deployment briefing to understand potential risks of the their mission.

Arrival & Orientation

Working in an unknown environment with high security risks can mean that vulnerability is increased, so this module provides learners with everything they need to know about keeping safe during deployment. Topics covered include arrival, personal security, vehicles, driving, route planning and how to prepare a grab bag. Personal safety is as important as team safety, 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 when doing field work. It’s all about understanding and being aware of the situation around you, including behaviours. The module also covers awareness of explosives and a plan of action with a quiz at the end to test knowledge.

Crisis management

In this module, learners will get to grips with demanding environments, procedures, equipment, emotions and body language and how these can affect strategies in de-escalating confrontational encounters. Learners will also cover pre-hospital trauma, reporting and conflict management. The module includes a quiz to test 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 increase political visibility and so it is a very serious matter. In this module, learners will understand prevention, survival and coping methods, captivity and release.


The final 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, learners are required to complete a final course quiz and a user survey before receiving their completion certificates.

Getting started

To get started on the interactive HEAT course, register for a free learning account today and then purchase your course subscription.

Organisations with multiple learners can access multiple subscription discounts.