Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) 2-2024

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Course description

HEAT is an intensive course that trains civilian crisis management professionals to deal effectively with high-risk and emergency situations in hostile environments. The completion of HEAT is a prerequisite for any mission with the risk rating ’high’ or ’critical’. These missions currently include e.g. Ukraine, Central African Republic, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Niger, Somalia and South Sudan. If you intend to apply only for low or medium risk missions or Secretariat positions, you do not need to complete the HEAT course. However, HEAT training is valuable in any civilian crisis management operation.

The course themes are:

  • Awareness of Threats, Risks, and Personal Security
  • Risk Assessment
  • Mobile Security: Safety and Security Procedures for Vehicle Movement
  • Management of Threats related to Gatherings, Protests, Demonstrations, and Riots
  • Hostage Situations and Conduct after Capture
  • Stress Management, Awareness of First Aid and Health Maintenance on mission
  • Weapons, Mines, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and Unexploded Ordinances (UXOs)
  • Protection of Classified and Sensitive Information
  • Radio Communication, Maps and Use of GPS

Course objectives

The overall objectives of the course are:

  • to improve participants’ knowledge of multiple threats present in hostile field environments and of ways and means of dealing with them in an effective manner
  • to rehearse and practice safety and security procedures according to specific threats

This is done by experiential learning such as full week scenario role plays to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies of participants with regard to hostile awareness in operations.

Time and venue

The course takes place 3 – 7 October 2024. The course starts and finishes in Helsinki with the return to Helsinki taking place on 8 October 2024. Most of the training will take place in the Jämijärvi area.

The course includes about seven hours work of compulsory pre-course tasks which are to be completed online before the actual course starts.

Target group

The main target group is experts either selected or looking to apply for civilian crisis management missions that operate in high or critical risk areas. For most of these missions, the HEAT certificate expires after 3-5 years. The participants have preferably attended at least a general introductory course on civilian crisis management operations, or gained relevant experience in international field operations.

The course is also open to applicants working or looking to work in high risk areas in other contexts, i.e. not civilian crisis management missions. These may include government agencies, NGOs or media.


For participants who have completed the basic training on Civilian Crisis Management (BCCCM, EUPCC, IPOC, UNPOC etc., either organized or appointed by CMC) or been deployed by CMC Finland, there is no course fee.

For those who have not completed the above-mentioned training or have not been deployed by CMC, there is a 1950 € fee covering tuition, full-board accommodation in shared team cottages and travels during the course.

Salaries, daily allowances and travel to/from the course venue in Helsinki, Finland, are the responsibility of the sending organisation/participants themselves. CMC Finland does not cover any possible accommodation outside the course dates. No per diem is provided by CMC Finland.


The invitation to apply is now open. The application process for HEAT 2-2024 is open until 28 July 2024 at 23.59 (UTC +3:00). You can find the application HERE.

More information

Should you have any questions regarding the course, please contact us by email with the headline ’Hostile Environment Awareness Training 2-2024’.

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