PSD Training

HECPO Course

The 28-day Hostile Environment Close Protection Operations Training Course is designed to prepare you for operating as a well-trained close protection specialist in private close protection and private military industries within high threat environments.

High Threat Protection Training


Above and Beyond

Unrivaled Syllabus

Obtaining specialist skills and knowledge

You will take your professional competence to the next level by obtaining practical, technical, and tactical skills and knowledge.

Qualified Instructors

Learning from the best

You will be taught by capable instructors with current international experience in Executive Protection and PSD Protection Ops.

Hands-on Learning

No time wasting

You will grasp and train proven, tested, and readily applicable techniques over the demanding 28-day period.

Protective Security Detail Training Course

Why Taking The HECPO Course

Our 28-day HECPO training course will provide you with professional know-how enabling you to take on any tasks in the world's most challenging environments as a well-trained close protection specialist.

If you are looking for a no-nonsense and first-level training program that will equip you with skills to conduct close protection operations in commercial close protection (Executive Protection Ops) and the private military sector (PSD Protection Ops) within high-risk regions and conflict-affected environments, our 28-day Hostile Environment Close Protection Operations Training Course will meet your needs. 

The upsurge of terrorism, violent extremism, and organized crimes has produced an increased need for capable protection specialists worldwide; whether you are looking after a client in a crime-affected country (e.g., Mexico) or operating as a PSD (Protective Security Detail) Operative in a conflict zone (e.g., Afghanistan), providing close protection in challenging environments requires specialist skills and the use of special operational procedures. Your assignment starts as soon as you put your feet on the ground and cross a border—leaving you with no time to train with foreign weapon systems or to practice tactics with your team in the country or to adapt to an unfamiliar environment; therefore, it is paramount to pull yourself together as soon as possible and start strongly since day one. For achieving this professional level of competence, protective specialists must undergo a specialized training program; however, the vast majority of today's training courses in the private sector are unfit (e.g., duration, syllabus, approach, method, and instructors).

As a highly regarded private security contractor company, Nemesis Protection Global LLC completely understands these shortcomings and has created this comprehensive training program as a response; our 28-day HECPO training course will provide you with professional know-how, enabling you to take on any tasks in the world's most challenging environments as a well-trained close protection specialist. The course best fits those of you who already have some experience/knowledge about close protection.

Extensively experienced instructors deliver scenario-based learning; they will ensure that all candidates are properly trained. Our company has adopted a training philosophy: train as you will operate—underpinning our training principles to deliver the realistic, intensive, and dynamic course for all candidates. You won't sit all day in the classroom nor fire rounds into a static paper-target nor practice outdated and never-tested techniques; you will be challenged in different ways—physically and mentally—enabling you to plan properly your response to a situation going south.

The course is available to the private and government sectors and civilians. The syllabus can be tailored to your organization's needs and delivered for your personnel at your location worldwide; the pricing of the bespoke training program depends on curriculum, duration, and location. Get in touch at to discuss your requirements.



The course consists of the following:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a protective specialist;

  • Mission planning; threat assessment; risk analysis;

  • High threat close protection foot/vehicle drills;

  • Vehicle and buildings embus/debus;

  • Low-profile close protection in high-risk zones; 

  • Attack cycle and recognition; immediate reaction to armed attacks on foot/vehicle: applying controlled violent actions;

  • Anti-ambush, defensive, evasive, and low-profile driving;

  • Counter-ambush and vehicle close-quarters combat tactics;

  • Tactical weapon handling (pistols/rifles); small-team and lone-operator tactics;

  • Reconnaissance; threat intelligence; protective intelligence;

  • Buildings close-quarters battle tactics;

  • Hostile environment preparedness training; survival in urban/rural areas;

  • Contingency planning; emergency response planning;

  • Anti-kidnapping measures; anti-hijacking techniques;

  • IED/VBIED awareness; anti-sniper; cultural awareness;

  • Unconventional threats: terrorism, riots, insurgency, active shooters, CBRN, diseases, and environmental threats;

  • Hostile surveillance detection; surveillance countermeasures; counter-surveillance techniques; 

  • Counter-intelligence in security; security equipment;

  • Emergency communication; navigation;

  • Improvised weapons; hand-to-hand and tactical knife combat;

  • Tactical emergency casualty care; oilfields security;

  • Force-on-force training;

  • The final exercise in real-world conditions.


Upon completion of the course, you will have knowledge of and ability to:

  • Protect a Principal/VIP at a venue/event, during movement on foot/a vehicle in moderate-, high-, and extreme-risk zones;

  • Conduct low-profile, tactical driving, vehicle escort drills, convoy procedures, contact drills, and vehicle navigation;

  • Detect hostile surveillance; apply anti-surveillance measures and counter-surveillance tactics in a high threat environment;

  • Collect and analyze intelligence on threats (all-source intelligence);

  • Plan, organize, and execute protection of the Principal/VIP and assets in high-risk zones;

  • Demonstrate close protection foot drills and movement in hostile environments;

  • Handle firearms safely and tactically; use small-team and lone-operator tactics;

  • Provide tactical emergency medical care;

  • Respond to attacks, ambushes, and emergencies; evacuate/extract the Principal/VIP;

  • Recognize IED/VBIED threats; make a vehicle/site search;

  • Use unarmed combat techniques; protect themselves and the Principal/VIP against non-traditional threats;

  • Carry out route/venue recce; employ counter-ambush tactics; clear buildings in a careful hurry mode.


The following certificates are awarded:

  1. 280-hour Close Protection specialization: Hostile Environment Close Protection Ops and PSD Protection Operative

  2. Lifetime Access to our N-Protect forum

Q & A

How much does the course cost?

The 28-day HECPO training course costs €3.999; the price is all-inclusive—covering accommodation, food, training facilities, learning material, equipment, airport pick-up/drop-off, and certificates.

What are the entry requirements?

The course is open to everyone who meets the following prerequisites.

  • Have military/police/close protection/security-related experience;

  • Have a good fitness level and command of English;

  • Are minimum 18 years old;

  • Have a clean criminal record and driver's license;

  • Are in good medical and mental condition.

How to book the course?

If you are interested in attending the course, click on the Register Now; it will redirect you to the event page; fill in your details and pay a non-refundable deposit of €1000 required to secure your place.

Is there a guaranteed job placement after the course?

In short, no, there is not; it is not ethical nor professional to guarantee you a job after the course because of many reasons; for example, whether a candidate is fit for a position or not, it's impossible to know in advance. Besides, market demand and client preferences are constantly changing and are hard to predict; however, we are an operational company, and when an opportunity arises, we prefer our graduates above all others. We can only promise a high level of training and ongoing post-course support.

28-day HECPO Course
Get skilled for operating as a high-level protection specialist in high threat environments.
Dec 01, 6:00 AM – Dec 28, 11:00 PM
Belgrade, Serbia

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