Basic HEAT Course

Discover the tools to work safely in medium and high risk areas.

Our Basic HEAT Course prepares you for travelling and working in dangerous areas

After a long flight, you arrive at your hotel. You step out of the taxi, turn around and are confronted with a weapon. The robber is shouting at you. What do you do? Fight, flee or freeze? We believe there is another option: to react consciously, relying on your self-awareness and experience.

How do you envision dangerous situations, and how can you prepare yourself for them? In fact, you only know how you will react once an unsafe situation actually occurs.

During our Basic HEAT Course (Hostile Environment Awareness Training), you discover the tools you need to work in medium and high-risk areas. The course is based on practical exercises and realistic simulations.


Hyper-realistic training

Our team of 3 trainers, 4 actors and 2 medical roleplay will make you think it’s real.

Safe learning environment

Every training course we have trained professionals (backup) to accommodate additional support.

Highest quality

We are an ISO 9001:2015 certified organisation, to make sure you will receive the best and safest learning experience you ever had.

Personal equipment

You receive a free professional medical kit (€ 99,-)  and instruction cards to support you during your travels.

What makes our Basic HEAT Course special?

Practice through hyper-realistic simulations

We believe in the power of simulation. Our specialists offer you the opportunity to respond to threatening situations in a safe learning environment. These simulated exercises are so realistic that you will feel they are really happening. You will learn your own instinctive responses.
Our experienced trainers and professional actors provide you with the tools with which you can react to these situations. From day one, you’ll be immersed in a realistic storyline. During the HEAT training, you are part of a team that is on a mission in a dangerous country.
While travelling through this country, you’ll be exposed to dangerous situations. Together, we navigate these situations and through practice learn how to manage them.

Safe learning environment

Anyone can take part in our training. Your personal safety and well-being are our primary concern. Before and during the course, you can share prior experiences with the trainers or the host. They can discreetly adapt the course for you to make sure this will be the best and safest learning experience you ever had.
Because there is a host present at the course (apart from the trainers) we make sure you can take a time-out whenever you need one. Out of the situation and the group, the host is able to support you. The trainers and host support you in your learning process. If you need extra personal guidance, there is time for additional support.

Your own professional medical kit and instruction cards

During the module “Medical Accident Control” our specialists teach you to use a professional medical kit specifically designed for remote areas. You will receive this medical kit (value € 99,-) for free to bring home and on your travels.
At the end of each segment of the HEAT training, you will receive an instruction card with a summary of everything you have learned. The instruction cards are waterproof, so they are handy and practical for carrying in the field.


15 years

HEAT experience


Basic HEAT participants


Basic HEAT per year

Information about the Basic HEAT Course

For whom?

Staff working and/or travelling in medium and high risk areas.

If you are travelling to an area which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has classified as unsafe, this course is the right course for you. Please keep in mind that even if an area is classified as safe you must make your own judgement concerning the risks.


  • Security Awareness
  • Gender Safety
  • Stress and Trauma
  • Dealing with Aggression
  • Basic Life Support & AED
  • Field Safety Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Ammunition & Weapon Awareness
  • Medical Accident Control
  • Hostage Survival
  • Simulation Exercises

Further information

Language: English (incompany also in French and Dutch)
Duration: 3 days, including two evening programmes (32 hours)
Start time day 1: 08:30
End time day 3: 17:00
Breakdown of time: 30% theory, 30% practice, 40% simulations
Group size: maximum 14 (during simulations maximum of 7)
Location: Soesterberg, the Netherlands
Dietary wishes: vegetarian/vegan/halal/other meals
Certification: on completion of the course you will receive a certificate.
Keep your training up to date: we ensure that your training stays current by offering you a free e-learning programme after one year.
Costs: € 2265,- (including all course materials, food & beverage and 2 nights accommodation from start until end of the course)

Advanced HEAT Hostile Environment Awareness Training

Dates and location

  1. November 25-27, 2020 (waitlist)
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  2. December 2-4, 2020 (waitlist)
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  3. December 16-18, 2020 (waitlist)
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  4. December 21-23, 2020 (waitlist)
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  5. January 13-15, 2021
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  6. February 1-3, 2021
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  7. February 10-12, 2021
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  8. March 2-4, 2021 (waitlist)
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  9. March 15-17, 2021
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  10. April 7-9, 2021
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  11. April 19-21, 2021
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  12. May 10-12, 2021
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  13. June 2-4, 2021
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  14. June 23-25, 2021
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What participants say about our training

‘I can't tell you how grateful I am for the training I received just before I left. Because we were calm and non-confrontational, I felt confident we would be alright. And we were. The work you do really does save lives.’

Susan Talbot (World Concern)

‘Walking into this course I had no idea of what I should do in case of such event and now I feel so much more knowledgeable.’

Natalia Fox (Oxfam)

“I came away from the training feeling so confident and it really does help when working in very critical security environment.”

Alassane Cisse (Welthungerhilfe)

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