UCP Level 6 Diploma in Hostile Environment Operations


12 days (2 days of online learning followed by 10 days of in-person training) 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 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.


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. This qualification is approved for candidates aged 19+


Candidates must complete the Mandatory unit.


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.
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.
Evidence can include:

  • assignments/projects/reports
  • worksheets
  • portfolio of evidence
  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • candidate test papers


  • instructor
  • Training equipment
  • Exams
  • Awards
  • Classroom
  • Range (where applicable)
  • Ammo (where applicable)
  • Kitchen with microwave and Fridge

  • Accommodation (where applicable)
  • Food and beverages
  • Flights (where applicable)
  • Airport Transfers (where applicable)
  • Safety Glasses (where applicable)
  • Ear Defenders (where applicable)
  • Course Length

    12 DAYS


    UCP Level 6 Certificate in Hostile Environment Operations

    Course Cost



    USA, UK and Thailand


    Course Dates

    Any time of the month


    • UCP Level 4 Award in Close Protection in a Hostile Environment – Firearms and Tactics
    • UCP 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.
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