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HEAT online course

Hostile Environment Awareness Training

Security training for challenging places
14 hours | 23 modules
Having delivered in-person HEAT to thousands of humanitarian and development professionals, the COVID pandemic provided Safer Edge with an opportunity to radically change the traditional approach to one that is more affordable, accessible and inclusive.
Available in multiple languages, the online HEAT course is filled with learner engagements like quizzes, scenarios, activities and a range of media.
Learners can progress through the course independently, or join a group which moves through the content together with a Safer Edge specialist.
Organisations can choose to supplement the course with a one day, in-person immersive simulation.

To see a sample of a course please contact

Course Contents

Context and Risk Assessment
Personal Profile and Risk Mitigation
Travel Planning
Incident Management and Reporting
Digital Security
Remote Communications
Remote Emergency Care
Psychological First Aid
Environmental Hazards
Self Awareness
Interpersonal Skills
Weapons, Cover and Complex Attacks
Sexual Violence
Self Care
Theft and Robbery
Civil Unrest
Arrest, Detention and Kidnap
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Choose from 3 types of courses:


Online: £300

Group discount: 10-30% off

Participants register & pay online and complete the course at their own pace. 

5 or more participants

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Blended: £450

Group discount: 10-30% off

Participants register with us and join a peer group who move through the course in remote sessions with a Safer Edge Security & First Aid Facilitator.

5 or more participants

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Blended with Simulation

£ upon request 

Participants move through the e-learning course online but attend a one-day, immersive simulation to complete the training. 

How is an online HEAT course different from in-person HEAT course?
While the experience of a HEAT course online and in-person are different, the outcomes are the same. Safer Edge has trained thousands of humanitarian and development professionals on HEAT courses since 2016. Our Learning and Development team worked hard to retain all required learning objective while making the course more accessible and inclusive. 


I have a very poor internet connection. Can I still take online HEAT?
Yes! Using our iOS and Android apps, participants can download the HEAT modules when they have access to internet, complete it offline and their progress will automatically sync when they reconnect to the internet.
What do you mean by e-Learning?
E-Learning is a specific type of online learning where participants are able to engage with the course through quizzes, activities, scenarios, and a range of media. E-learning is different from remote training (such as through Skype or Zoom) and online videos or slides.
Our organisation would like to enrol a large number of staff. How do we do that? 
If your organisation has 5 or more people you wish to register for a HEAT course, we can easily register them in bulk. We offer discounts for all groups over 5. Contact Safer Edge directly at to register or learn more. 
How long do I have to complete the course?
We realise that different people learn at different speeds and each of us will have different circumstances which influence how quickly we can complete the course. We encourage everyone to the course within a month. However, each course purchased will remain on Safer Edge Learn for a year. 
Can different staff in the same organisation take different types of online HEAT courses? 
Absolutely! We offer 3 types of online HEAT (online, blended and blended with simulation) to offer organisation more options for training more staff who need HEAT. The type of HEAT course chosen will depend on your budget, location and availability but you have assurance that all staff are reaching the same learning objectives. 

About Us

Safer Edge is a UK-based, risk management company that works exclusively with social sector organisations like non-profits, charities, the UN, NGOs, and foundations. Safer Edge is a leading supplier of HEAT courses.

Course Creation

Online HEAT was created by a multi-lingual women-led Learning and Development team with over 50 years cumulative international travel and security experience. All Safer Edge courses provide a learner framework which guides students through the modules, inclusive and diverse content, trauma-sensitive approach, knowledge checks for learning and the option to repeat segments.

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