Level 3 Certificate In Basic Onshore Survival In Hostile Environments

Course Length

18 Days

Course Cost


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The Level 3 Certificate In Basic Onshore Survival In Hostile Environments Is Aimed At Individuals Wishing To Travel To Work Locations In Hostile Environments Whom In Their Execution Of Duties Must Receive Compulsory Training Advising Of The Risks/Hazards Of The Area They Intend To Operate In.

The Qualification Demonstrates The Achievement Of Knowledge And Skills, Contributing To The Safety Of Individuals In Their Work Location.

The Awarding Organisation For The Qualification Is ProQual Awarding Body And The Regulatory Body Is The Office Of Qualifications And Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). The Specification For This Qualification Has Been Approved By The Welsh Government For Use By Centres In Wales And By The Council For The Curriculum Examinations And Assessment (CCEA) For Use By Centres In Northern Ireland.

The Qualification Has Been Accredited Onto The Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF).

Entry Requirements

There Are No Formal Entry Requirements For This Qualification, But Centres Should Ensure That Candidates Have The Potential To Achieve The Qualification. Registrations Can Only Be Accepted For Candidates Aged 18+

Qualification Structure

Candidates Must Complete The 3 Mandatory Units


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:
– assignments/projects/reports
– worksheets
– 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.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Unit K/617/5047 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
2.3 Demonstrate knowledge of contingency planning,
including an evacuation plan
2.4 Demonstrate a knowledge of planning for incidents,
• the role of an Incident Management Team
• medical incidents
• personal security

3. Understand security risks when working in a hostile

3.1 Demonstrate a knowledge of preparing for and
responding to risks when meeting others and
travelling, including:
• meeting / leasing
• car jacking
• communications
• vehicles
• 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


ProQual Level 3 Certificate In Basic Onshore Survival In Hostile Environments

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Guided Learning Hours


Total Qualification Time

150 Hours


Pass Or Fail Assessed And Verified By Centre Staff External Quality Assurance By ProQual Verifiers Qualification