Course Providers

The Rory Peck Trust works with a number of training course providers to ensure that freelance journalists have access to affordable safety training in the UK and around the world.

HEFAT training.

Below is a list of the trusted training providers that the Rory Peck Trust works with. Some offer freelancers referred by the Trust a reduced rate while others offer specially discounted courses at select times of the year.


Based in the UK
Tel: +44 (0) 203 816 9970

AKE’s flagship four-day Hostile Environment Course is designed to assist individuals and teams to prepare for and manage risk whilst travelling to and working in complex and potentially hostile environments.  The programme is divided equally between medical, safety and security and is delivered through a blend of lectures, discussion groups, workshops and practical simulation exercises to suit varied learning styles. The course is progressive and interactive in nature, culminating in a series of challenging and realistic scenario exercises.

ATR limited

Based in the UK
Tel: +44 (0)118 984 2948

ATR provide specialist security and surveillance products for their clients. Ranging from covert surveillance cameras and trauma first aid kits to IP mesh network equipment and lone worker safety devices. As a primary training and service provider they deliver a variety of Situational Awareness courses including HEAT & HEFAT. ATR’s highly acclaimed course integrates personal awareness and decision-making skills that helps to develop your attention levels of people, environment and events within a short space of time.


Based in the USA
Tel: +1 (443) 415 8919

GJS offers monthly three and five-day HEFAT courses in Washington, DC, plus quarterly courses in Nairobi and elsewhere.

Guardian – security risk management

Based in Denmark
Tel: +45 41 100 300
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Through a skill-based learning approach, Guardian training equips the participant with a number of practical tools to mitigate risks and deal with critical situations. Based on more than 15 years of training experience, they have developed a number of courses – each respectively developed for either medium- or high-risk areas.

The 3-day HEAT course gives you the full package for travels in medium, high and extreme risk areas. The course is dialogue-based and founded on real-life cases and experiences. Practical exercises and workshops in which the participants will have to use their tools in a simulated environment will constitute the main part of the course. We put emphasis on creating a safe, honest and open learning environment.

Head Set

Based in the UK

Head Set’s industry-defining Safety, Medical and Resilience Training (SMART) is created by journalists for journalists, to build skills and confidence for working in hostile environments. As a freelancer, you can take advantage of special rates and join any of our online or in-person programmes that are delivered regularly around the world.

We use VR and immersive technologies, which bring scenario based training to almost any location, blended with hands-on learning for the most memorable and impactful learning experience. We know that the frontline is not just a war zone – it can be the phone in your pocket or inside an edit suite.

Hostile Environment Training Ltd

Based in the UK
Tel: +44 (0)1256 89 66 77

Hostile Environment Training’s HEFAT Courses combine both theoretical and practical elements, which are delivered by highly experienced professionals. Whether working, travelling to or even living abroad, employers have a duty of care to ensure that their staff have the knowledge and tools to deal with the unique challenges and risks they may face.

North Star Safety Group

Based in the UK
Tel:  +44 (0) 20 4599 4888
Email (General Enquiries):

North Star provides training, risk management consultancy, and specialist safety, medical and logistics support to the media, TV and film sectors. Their Hostile Environment Training (HET) prepares journalists and others who are deploying to hostile environments or undertaking challenging productions at home by providing a mix of classroom, practical and immersive scenarios focused on improving safety, security and medical skills when under pressure.

 For any questions about course content, scheduling, and discounted rates for Rory Peck bursars, please email North Star Training Services at

Pilgrims Risk Management Group

Based in the UK
Tel: +44 (0)1483 228 778

Pilgrims Group offers a Hostile Environment Course that consists of an eight-hour e-learning package followed by an intense two-day practical training course. This allows participants to conduct the first stage of training at their own convenience, which may be useful for freelancers who are acting on a tight timeframe.

RPS Partnership 

Tel: +44 (0)1225 290210

RPS Partnership has been working with the media for over 20 years, evolving and adapting their training as the world has changed. Recently they have moved away from the traditional 3- and 4-day Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT/HET) course, and their current speciality is running tailored courses focused on what you need. They ensure you can work safely in environments where there may be ongoing conflict or war or where investigative journalists may face a clear threat from the State or criminal syndicates. Their courses recognise that as a freelancer you need to attend courses which suit you, covering topics such as: how to reduce your exposure to risk, how to respond appropriately when confronted with a dangerous situation and how to manage incidents and maximise control over developing situations.

SEPAR International

Based in the UK
Tel: +44 (0) 7723 289899

SEPAR International provides Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT / HEFAT) globally. They have a holistic approach that incorporates physical security, digital security, psychosocial care and trauma first aid. Each aspect is presented by their respective subject matter experts. Their curriculum also includes situational awareness, weapons including drones and how to protect yourself, risk assessment, planning and preparation, kidnap and ransom and counter surveillance.

The training is predominantly practical, with a number of testing scenarios to consolidate the learning experience. They conduct our training under the methodology of ‘do no harm’, to prevent creating unnecessary trauma.