HECPO Course

The Hostile Environment Close Protection Operations course is a thorough training designed to prepare you for operating as a highly trained protection specialist in high threat environments.


Above and Beyond

Unrivaled Syllabus

Obtaining specialist skills and knowledge

You will take your professional competence to the next level.

Qualified Instructors

Learning from the best

You will be taught by capable instructors with current international experience.

Hands-on Learning

No time wasting

You will grasp and train proven, tested, and readily-applicable techniques over the demanding 21-day period.

Why Taking The HECPO Course

The course will enable you to pick up the skills to take on any tasks in the world's most challenging environments as a private military contractor/private security contractor (PMC/PSC).

If you are looking for a private security contractor training, our Hostile Environment Close Protection Operations course will meet your needs. 

The upsurge of terrorism, violent extremism, and organized crimes, have produced an increased need for highly skilled security contractors worldwide. However, to operate in high threat, austere, and conflict-affected environments, specialist competence and the use of special operational procedures are required. 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 a new environment. Therefore, it is paramount to pull yourself together as soon as possible and hit the ground running since day one.

In this regard, as a highly regarded private security company, Nemesis Protection completely understands these operational shortcomings, and we have created this tactical training as a response. The course best fits those of you who already have some experience and knowledge about the close protection and private security industry.

Extensively experienced instructors deliver scenario-based learning, and 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 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 You won't sit all day in the classroom nor fire rounds into a static paper-target nor practice outdated and never-tested techniques.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, both physically and mentally, enabling you to plan properly your response to a situation going south.

The course is available to private and public sector organizations and private individuals. The syllabus can be tailored to your organization's needs and delivered to your location worldwide. Pricing of the bespoke training program depends on curriculum, duration, and location. Get in touch at trainingdept@nemesisprotection.com to discuss your requirements.



The course consists of the following

  • Mission planning | Threat assessment | Risk analysis;

  • High threat close protection foot and vehicle drills;

  • Vehicle and buildings embus and debus; 

  • Attack cycle and recognition | Immediate reaction to armed attacks on foot and vehicle;

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

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

  • Tactical weapon handling (pistols and rifles) | Small-team and lone operators tactics;

  • Reconnaissance | Threat intelligence;

  • Buildings close-quarters battle;

  • Hostile environment preparedness | Survival in urban and 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 | Anti-surveillance measures; 

  • Protective intelligence | Counter-surveillance;

  • 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 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 and apply anti-surveillance measures in a high threat environment;

  • Collect and analyze intelligence on threats;

  • Plan, organize, and execute protection of the Principal 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, and evacuate/extract the Principal;

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

  • Use hand-to-hand and tactical knife combat techniques;

  • Protect themselves and the Principal against non-traditional threats;

  • Carry out route and venue recce;

  • Employ counter-ambush tactics;

  • Clear buildings in a careful hurry mode.


The following certificates are awarded

  1. Private Security Contractor Certificate

  2. Hostile Environment Awareness Training Certificate

  3. Certificate in Protective Driving 

  4. Certificate in Tactical Medicine

  5. Certificate in Vehicle and Buildings Close Quarters Combat

  6. Certificate in Tactical Knife Combat

  7. Certificate in Hand-2-Hand Combat

  8. Lifetime Access to our N-Protect forum

Q & A

How much does the course cost?

The 21-day course costs 3000 EUR, and pricing is all-inclusive, covering accommodation, food, training facilities, learning material, equipment, airport pick-up and drop-off, and certificates.

What are the entry requirements?

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

  • Has military/police/close protection/security-related background

  • Has a good fitness level and command of English

  • Is 18 years old and over

  • Has a clean criminal record and driver's license

  • Is in a good medical and mental condition

How to book the course?

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

Is there a guaranteed job placement after the course?

In short, no, there isn't. No one can surely guarantee you a job after the course. However, we can promise a high level of training and on-going post-course support.

21-day HECPO Course
The Hostile Environment Close Protection Operations course is a comprehensive training designed to prepare the candidates for operating as a Private Military Contractor (PMC) or a Private Security Contractor (PSC) in high threat environments and conflict-affected zones.
Dec 01, 7:00 AM – Dec 21, 11:00 PM
Belgrade, Serbia