Hostile Environment Training

Hostile Environment Training

Our flagship training package is a five-day course based around both classroom and practical exercises. The teaching revolves around proven principles as opposed to situation scripting, thus better enabling the student to read and react to unforeseen circumstances. The emphasis is on empowering the individual to reduce the risks they face, respond appropriately when confronted with a potentially dangerous situation and ultimately to maximise control over their own environment.

It was the first of its kind ever devised and has since become the benchmark for hostile environment training in many sectors. It is the only course to have external accreditation by Edexcel, meaning that the course is constantly reappraised as meeting a high standard of excellence. Upon completion of the course, students are awarded a Level 4 BTEC in Surviving Hostile Regions.

For those who have already completed hostile environment training, AKE also offers a three-day refresher course, designed to re-assert the principles of the full course as well as to present any relevant updates. It is important for the skills learned in hostile environment training to be kept up to date, as lives can often depend upon the speed with which important information is recalled.

SHR is a scheduled course running at our training centres at various locations globally on a regular basis.  To view our upcoming course schedule, please click here.

Please click the course titles below to view detailed course information.

Surviving Hostile Regions (SHR)

OVERVIEW

Launched in 1993, AKE’s SHR was the first course ever to train journalists for working in challenging and high risk environments and set the standard for those that followed. The SHR course has since evolved to provide relevant training for anyone traveling to or working within these environments regardless of their role.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Identifying the threat
  • Planning for the task
  • Personal security
  • Travel / journey management principles
  • Surviving captivity
  • Weapons systems
  • UXO (unexploded ordnance) and IEDs (improvised explosive devices)
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Managing conflict
  • Navigation
  • Cultural awareness and gender-specific considerations
  • Information security
  • First Aid
  • Road traffic collisions (RTC)
  • Ballistic injuries
  • Basic life support
  • Health and hygiene
  • Medical skills sufficient to sustain a patient, including:
    • Patient assessment
    • Airway management
    • Basic Life Support (BLS)
    • Medical emergencies
    • Unconscious patient
    • Circulation and shock
    • Muscular skeletal trauma
    • Burns and scalds

ATTENDENCE CRITERIA

No previous qualification or experience is required.

CERTIFICATION

Successful candidates will receive a BTEC Level 4 qualification in ‘Surviving Hostile Regions’.

DURATION

5 days

COURSE DATES

Run monthly; held at various locations. For upcoming scheduled courses, click here. For further information or to book your place, call course bookings and information on +44 (0) 1432 267111 or email us here.

Surviving Hostile Regions Refresher (SHRR)

OVERVIEW

Intended as a means by which to re-visit and re-enforce the principles communicated in the full 5 day SHR course, including any developments in medical or security procedures.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Identifying the threat
  • Planning for the task
  • Personal security
  • Travel / journey management principles
  • Surviving captivity
  • Weapons systems
  • UXO (unexploded ordnance) and IEDs (improvised explosive devices)
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Managing conflict
  • Navigation
  • Cultural awareness and gender-specific considerations
  • Information security
  • First Aid
  • Road traffic collisions (RTC)
  • Ballistic injuries
  • Basic life support
  • Health and hygiene
  • Medical skills sufficient to sustain a patient, including any developments.

ATTENDENCE CRITERIA

Prior attendance of the 5 day SHR course is required.

CERTIFICATION

Successful candidates will receive a certificate of attendance.

DURATION

3 days

COURSE DATES

Run bi-monthly; held at various locations. For upcoming scheduled courses, click hereFor further information or to book your place, call course bookings and information on +44 (0) 1432 267111 or email us here.

Working in Hostile Regions (WHR)

Originally designed for our clients in the energy sector - although its application is cross-sector - this course is ideal for personnel deploying to challenging and diverse operational environments, whether for longer-term rotations or shorter business development trips.  Like our SHR course, training is interactive and delivered through both classroom and practical exercises.

The course is complemented by an introduction to Global IntAKE, AKE's country intelligence website and an Aide Memoire, comprising all the salient points on security concerns, medical issues and cultural considerations.

This course is run regularly in Aberdeen. Please enquire here for upcoming dates. 

OVERVIEW

This course covers all the necessary basics for those deploying to challenging environments, including risk assessment and mitigation, travel management principles and basic First Aid.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Identifying the threat
  • Planning for the task
  • Personal security
  • Travel / journey management principles
  • High impact crimes (where applicable)
  • Weapons systems
  • Mines, UXO (unexploded ordnance) and IEDs’ (improvised explosive devices)
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Ballistic injuries
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Medical health risks

ATTENDENCE CRITERIA

No previous qualification or experience is required.

CERTIFICATION

Successful candidates will receive a certificate of attendance.

DURATION

3 days

COURSE DATES

Held at various locations. For further information, call course bookings and information on +44 (0) 1432 267111 or email us here.

CONDO (Contractors on Deployed Operations)

This course is designed to meet the duty of care requirements laid down by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for contractors employed abroad. The conditions in which contractors operate can be very difficult and, through a training package designed specifically with the location and nature of the client operation in mind, employees can be fully prepared for the risks that they may face.

OVERVIEW

AKE’s CONDO course has achieved a preferred supply accreditation from the MOD, meeting all the compliance requirements. Candidates will receive the relevant and realistic knowledge on the CONDO process and what working with the military entails.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Introduction to CONDO
  • Location specific threat brief
  • Planning for the task
  • Personal security travel / journey management principles
  • Military organisations – MOD structure
  • Military travel
  • High impact crimes, kidnap for ransom (where applicable)
  • Weapons, effects and PPE
  • First aid training; including casualty assessment, wound treatment, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Medical health risks in operational areas

ATTENDENCE CRITERIA

No previous qualification or experience is required.

CERTIFICATION

Successful candidates will receive a certificate of completion of CONDO training valid for 12 months.

DURATION

2 days

COURSE DATES

Held at various locations. For further information, call course bookings and information on +44 (0) 1432 267111 or email us here.   

CONDO Refresher

OVERVIEW

AKE’s CONDO refresher course can be completed after the initial CONDO course, as outlined above. It has also achieved a preferred supply accreditation from the MOD, meeting all the compliance requirements.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Location specific threat brief
  • Planning for the task
  • Personal security travel / journey management principles
  • High impact crimes
  • Weapons, effects and PPE
  • First Aid training including casualty assessment, wound treatment, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Medical health risks in operational areas

ATTENDENCE CRITERIA

Proof of prior CONDO training is required.

CERTIFICATION

Successful candidates will receive a certificate of completion of CONDO training valid for 12 months.

DURATION

1 day

COURSE DATES

Held at various locations. For further information, call course bookings and information on +44 (0) 1432 267111 or email us here.

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