The Level 3 Award in Hostile Environment Awareness aims to raise the level of knowledge and understanding for individuals working or planning to work in hostile or potentially hostile environments. Topics include identifying risks, planning for incidents and reacting in crises situations in hostile environments.
The awarding organisation for this qualification is ProQual Awarding Body and the regulatory body is the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).
This qualification has been accredited onto the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
Centres should carry out an initial assessment of candidate skills and knowledge to identify any gaps and help plan the assessment.
Candidates must demonstrate the level of knowledge described in the unit. Assessment is the process of measuring a candidate’s knowledge and understanding against the standards set in the qualification.
Each candidate is required to produce evidence which demonstrates their achievement of all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each unit.
Evidence can include:
– portfolio of evidence
– course work
Learning outcomes set out what a candidate is expected to know, understand or be able to do.
Assessment criteria specify the standard a candidate must meet to show the learning outcome has been achieved.
To achieve this qualification all candidates must produce evidence which demonstrates their achievement of all of the assessment criteria.
There must be valid, authentic and sufficient for all the assessment criteria. However, one piece of evidence may be used to meet the requirements of more than one learning outcome or assessment criterion.
HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT AWARENESS
Learning Outcome – The learner will: | Assessment Criterion – The learner can:
1. Understand the context of working in a hostile environment
1.1 Explain the results of a context analysis
1.2 Identify external and local sources of information
2. Understand the potential risks of working in a hostile environment
2.1 Identify the nature of risks in terms of
(a) personal risk
(b) organisational risk
2.2 Conduct a risk analysis, identifying threats and vulnerabilities
2.3 Demonstrate knowledge of contingency planning, including an evacuation plan
2.4 Demonstrate a knowledge of planning for incidents, including
• the role of an Incident Management Team
• medical incidents
• personal security
3. Understand security risks when working in a hostile environment
3.1 Demonstrate a knowledge of preparing for and responding to risks when meeting others and travelling, including:
• meeting / leasing
• car jacking
• weapons and mines
• civil unrest and demonstrations
3.2 Demonstrate knowledge of how to manage and minimise the risks above
3.3 Demonstrate knowledge of the risk of different types of kidnap, avoidance and survival
4. Understand how to react and respond in a crisis situation in a hostile environment
4.1 Identify typical crisis situations
4.2 Demonstrate knowledge of how to respond in an active shooter situation, including when law enforcement arrives at the scene
4.3 Prepare an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
4.4 Describe how to analyse the effectiveness of an EAP