Read caption What would you do if the refugee camp where you work was attacked by armed groups? The HEAT security course prepares aid workers for similar scenarios. Photo: NRC/Hanne Eide Andersen

HEAT training

Edited 13. Dec 2016
Our security course for professionals working in hostile environments.


  • 5-10 february in South Africa

  • 12-17 March in Jordan

  • 3-7 May in Norway

  • 23-27 August in Norway

  • 24-29 September in Kenya

  • 15-20 October in South Africa

  • 19-24 November in Jordan

Updated April 2017
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The HEAT course

Kidnappings. Bombings. Violent crime. On the frontlines, aid workers and other expats face many dangers. To protect themselves and the people they serve, they must be able to navigate difficult circumstances.

NRC's Hostile Environment Awareness training (HEAT) course provides participants with the required know-how and skills to deal with real time threats. The five-day HEAT course offers a mix of advanced theoretical and practical sessions. Participants undergo simulated exercises to gain a firm grasp of:

  • Mental functioning in high risk environment
  • Personal safety and security
  • Psychological first aid
  • Use of communication equipment
  • Capture & captivity
  • Behaviour under fire
  • Actions to manage probable threats
  • Unexploded ordnance (UXO) and improvised explosive devices (IED) threats
  • Road safety
  • Basic first aid

Over a hundred experts complete the training each year, from NRC, UN agencies, NGOs, media outlets and private sector companies.

Please note: all participants must have an excellent command of the English language.

Creating resilient field teams

As the risks increase, so does the need for safety.

Our teams on the ground must have the savvy they need to access, remain, and deliver assistance in conflict zones. Our HEAT training is an effective way to ensure that they know how to cope with traumas in dangerous areas.

For nearly a decade, NRC has remained a global leader in the provision of HEAT training to humanitarians. We are the sole provider of HEAT for non-profit organisations in Norway. Demand for our HEAT training continues to increase.

Providing safe, high quality and affordable HEAT training remains an integral part of NRC's security risk management programme. It's crucial that the colleagues we send to the frontlines have the security training they need and deserve.

Contact info

Thomas Willard

Security Adviser for Training and development


+47 934 31 372