ABA Level 6 Certificate in Hostile Environment Operations

Hostile Close Protection Environment Training Course


Any time of the month


12 Days




USA, UK, Thailand, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Spain and Italy

Course Information

12 days of intense training for hostile environment close protection covering all aspects from theory to practical with a multiple-choice exam to complete the course.

Anyone wishing to enter the high-risk industry of armed close protection would seriously need to take this type of training (former military or not) this qualification is designed for those learners wishing to apply for a job in the private security contractor or overseas high-risk industry. The 12-day course also gives the learner the minimum requirements to apply for overseas high-risk jobs such as middle east, africa and south america.

You will be put through your paces from our highly experienced tutors, so prepare to train hard every single day. We finish the course with 3 days of final exercises protecting 3 types of clients that you will possibly come across in your future career, so this course really prepares you for high risk bodyguarding and for armed private security contractors looking to work overseas in places like iraq and libya for example.

Minimum Required Kit List


ABA Level 6 Certificate in Hostile Environment Operations




  • ABA Level 4 Award in Close Protection in a Hostile Environment – Firearms and Tactics
  • ABA Level 3 Certificate in Hostile Environment Awareness
  • Or Equivalent with Instructor’s Approval


  1. Effectively plan and prepare for operating in a complex/hostile environment
  2.  Competently operate within a crisis management team.
  3. Demonstrate personal security strategies.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of foreign liaisons.
  5. Understand the dynamics of radio procedures.
  6. Be competent in incident management.
  7. Have a generic understanding of weapons and mines.
  8. Understand the generic make-up and deployment of mines.
  9. Mitigate the escalation of civil unrest and demonstrations.
  10. Understand Improvised explosive device generics and their methodology
  11. Conduct vehicle search.
  12. Provide crisis management within an active shooter scenario.
  13. Follow methodology for conduct under capture/hostage taking.
  14. Be competent in escape and evasion techniques.
  15. Show techniques to sustain life.
  16. Be able to plan safe routes of passage.
  17. Conduct vehicle ambush drills.
  18. Conduct vehicle mine strike drills.
  19. Demonstrate vehicle breakdown techniques in remote locations.
  20. Understand ballistics and their capabilities.
  21. Show an understanding of firearm characteristics and manipulation.
  22. Identify the reasons for the covert carry of a firearm.
  23. Gain close quarter combat skills (CQC – Self Defence).
  24. Be able to conduct surveillance within a complex/hostile environment.
  25. Be able to conduct Building/Venue reconnaissance.
  • Surveillance Rural, Urban And Technical, Including Reconnaissance
  • Level 4 Hostile Environment Close Protection (Pre-Deployment Administrative Requirements And Introduction To Operating In Hostile Environments. Rules On Use Of Force, Cultural, IED Awareness, Anti-Ambush Drills (Foot And Vehicle) Reaction To Attack.
  • PSD/PMC Roles And Responsibilities Including Small Team Tactics-Communications-Reacting To Trauma (Casevec) – Search – Kidnap For Ransom
  • Understand The Importance Of Reconnaissance Within A Close Protection Environment
  • Understand Search Procedures Within A Close Protection Environment
  • Be Able To Establish And Maintain Secure Environments
  • Understand The Importance Of Threat Assessment, Risk Management And Operational Planning
  • Understand The Importance Of Teamwork And Operational Briefing Within A Close Protection Environment
  • Understand Close Protection Foot Drills
  • Understand The Importance Of Planning For Route Selection
  • Understand The Importance Of Transport Management Within The Close Protection Environment
  • Understand Incident Management Within A Close Protection Environment
  • Understand Venue Security Operations
  • Be Able To Plan And Prepare To Carry Out A High-Risk Close Protection Operation
  • Be Able To Provide Close Protection Of A Principal
  • Concealed Carry Weapons