Hostile Environment Awareness Training – HEAT Course

“ProQual Level 3 Award in Hostile Environment Awareness”

“Empowering your people through real world training”

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Course Overview

This is a Level 3 Award in Hostile Environment Awareness, with the aim to raise the level of knowledge and understanding for individuals working or planning to work in hostile or potentially hostile environments.

The awarding organisation for this qualification is ProQual Awarding Body and the regulatory body is the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This qualification has been accredited onto the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

This course is based on pre course e-learning followed by 1 day Instructor-led combined theory revision and practical and then 2 days, Real life Immersive Role-Play Scenarios Training

Performance Objective

The Course objectives includes, but are not limited to:

  • Empowers Student with ability to remain safe in hostile areas
  • Provides Student with knowledge relevant to travel in sensitive regions
  • Gain an understanding of Gender based violence and mental health awareness
  • Provides the tools to remain safe during a terrorist attack
  • Students find their inner levels of strength during real life role play scenarios
  • Gain a deeper knowledge of emergency first aid and the confidence to apply the techniques
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Course Director

Mr. Stephen Amphlett Director of Operations Staff Defence Ltd Former Royal Marines Commando and Hostile Environment protection officer

Course Instructors

Stephen Amphlett: Former Royal Marines Commando with Hostile Environments experience.

  • Level 3 Education and Teaching
  • First Aid Instructor

Jim Berry: Former British Army with Hostile Environments experience.

  • Level 3 Education and Teaching
  • First Responder Emergency Care Level 4
  • First Aid Instructor
  • Conflict Management Instructor

Tony Fowles: Former Royal Marines Commando with Hostile Environments experience

  • Level 3 Education and Teaching
  • Offshore Medic
  • First Aid Instructor

Course Assessment

Continuous Assessment, Immersive role-play scenarios, Highfield multiple-choice Emergency First Aid at Work test and Staff Defence multiple-choice test

Course Certification

ProQual Level 3 Award in Hostile Environment Awareness, Staff Defence Attendance Certificate, Highfield Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work Certification

Course requirements

Must be aged 16 years or over

Course Location

Pippingford Park
East Sussex
TN22 3HW

Course Attendees

We run this course with a Minimum Number of Attendees - 5
and a Maximum Number of Attendees - 18

Course Outline

  • Travel Safety & Cultural Awareness
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Situational & Crime Awareness
  • Terrorist Attack and Carjacking Awareness
  • Kidnap & Abduction Awareness
  • Gender based Violence and Safe use of Helicopters
  • Journey Planning
  • Road Travel Management and Checkpoints
  • Personal Security and Surveillance Awareness
  • Environmental Dangers

"Empowering your people through real world training."

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Frequently Asked Questions

HEAT stands for Hostile Environment Awareness Training. This course has been developed for individuals, who are working or planning to work in hostile or potentially hostile environments.

Our Travel Safety and H.E.A.T. Instructors have a background in the Royal Marines Commando division or the British Army. Our Instructors have been specifically selected for their skills and expertise within their distinct field of excellence, together with their many years of experience in living and operating within a hostile environment.

We insist that each Instructor possesses, as a minimum, a fully-accredited award in education and training, First Aid at Work Level 3 Award, and Conflict Management Level 2. Each Instructor benefits from the full public liability insurance that Staff Defence provides.

You are encouraged to contact us now, so we can advise you regarding the most suitable course to meet your requirements.

The Travel Safety HEAT course is held at our bespoke training venue at:

Pippingford Park Manor, Nutley, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3HW. Here we can comfortably seat up to 30 Delegates per course.

Although we can normally be flexible regarding the selection of a venue, we have to insist on our training venue at Pippingford Park for all HEAT courses, due to the course content and requirements. The HEAT course contains a large component of immersive role-play, which requires a specific type of setting that we provide at our training venue in order that our Delegates can fully gain from the experiential aspects of this course.

Additionally, we do have a training location in the USA.

*Please Note: All of our courses are conducted in alignment with COVID-19 regulations to ensure the safety and welfare of all our Instructors and Delegates.

Yes. It is always our desire to deliver every course in a way that meets all of your requirements. This is done through a process of prior discussion with you to decide exactly which components are embedded into the course. We accept and appreciate that we are all unique individuals, so that means for group work especially, we aim to address everybody’s needs. Then, for your complete assurance, we await written confirmation, stating that you are completely satisfied with the content of the course prior to its delivery.

As with all of our courses, the Travel Safety HEAT course is competitively priced at £1195.00 + VAT per person.

Staff Defence includes lunch and all refreshments throughout the training period.

Immersive training is the use of role-play scenarios in which each Delegate will need to solve hypothetical problems and make decisions within a “mocked-up” harsh situation. This type of experience helps Delegates to find their inner strength during these real-life scenarios and is very empowering.

The duration of the Travel Safety HEAT course is 3 days.

HEAT is a non-residential course, but Staff Defence has agreed a competitive rate for Delegates with an hotel that is 1.7 miles from the training venue. On reserving a place on our HEAT course, Staff Defence is happy to provide you with the hotel’s contact details.