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Self-protection and Security in Hostile Environments – CIFAL

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Self-protection and Security in Hostile Environments – CIFAL

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Upon completion of this course, you will obtain a certificate endorsed by:


The risk is everywhere, but there are certain areas of the world where the risks to physical and moral integrity are much more likely due to the existence of civil wars, violent conflicts, political instability, sectarianism, territorial disputes, insurgency, transnational terrorism, criminality. organized or common crime.

Allowing them to understand all the existing risks, learning how to organize a trip to those areas and internalizing practical advice to carry out before, during and even after the trip to increase their safety.

Our experience in the humanitarian sector allows us to offer training specifically adapted to international organizations and NGOs that operate in high and medium risk areas, with trainers with long experience in the sector, recognized and certified in the field for this purpose. Combat nurses, experts in humanitarian access and negotiation, emergency response, risk mitigation, among others.

This course is recommended for journalists or journalism students who want to know first-hand what a conflict zone is like: how to document, how to protect themselves, how to act when traveling to a risk zone, protect information and know the situational environment.


The methodology of the Diploma in Self-Protection and Security in Hostile Environments guarantees a comprehensive and practical learning experience, structured as follows:

  1. Detailed Modules: Each module includes a selection of topics and exercises that are addressed during the course.
  2. Interactive Content: The syllabus is presented in a web format enriched with texts, photographs, images, graphics and teaching resources.
  3. Complementary Materials: Additional documents such as articles, magazines and videos are provided to delve deeper into the topics covered.
  4. Self-assessments: At the end of each section, students will complete self-assessments to reinforce their understanding.
  5. Videoconferences: Optional sessions that will be recorded for later reference.
  6. Personalized Tutoring: Individualized support to ensure the achievement of objectives and effective learning.
  7. Interaction and Support: Forums and direct messaging with the teacher to clarify doubts.
  8. Specialized Bibliography: Access to a library of resources to support theoretical and practical learning.
  9. Investigation project: An individual final project to consolidate the knowledge acquired and complete the training.

The total duration of the Diploma in Self-Protection and Security in Hostile Environments is 90 hours, distributed in the following modules:


  1. Organized crime
  2. Terrorism and Extremism
  3. Threats and Risks
  4. International Security
  5. Analysis, Prevention and Management
  6. Negotiation and Multicultural Communication
  7. Situational Awareness
  8. Guidance and Communication
  9. Safety during travel
  10. Introduction to Health in Operational Areas
  11. Incident Management in complex environments
  12. Information protection
  13. Practical assumptions
  14. Final Work (maximum development of 30 pages)

Total academic part 90 hours

Evaluation system
  • Through questionnaires
  • Practical assumptions
  • Final work
What Will You Learn?

This course allows you to improve the self-protection and security of people who must travel to Hostile or complex Areas.

  • Awareness of the situation and risks of the destination region.
  • Identification and evaluation of risks in hostile areas.
  • Definition of objectives for professional trip planning.
  • Preparation of the necessary material and protective equipment.
  • Documentation management, medical reviews and insurance.
  • Internalization of protocols against risks and incidents.

We provide a safe learning environment throughout the training. During inclusion training, open dialogue and forum interaction between participants is always encouraged and our staff is present to prevent and resolve any potential issues.

Course contents

Organized crime

Terrorism and Extremism

Threats and Risks

International Security

Analysis, Prevention and Management

Negotiation and Multicultural Communication

Situational Awareness

Guidance and Communication

Safety during travel

Introduction to Health in Operational Areas

Incident Management in Complex Environments

Information Protection

Practical Assumptions

Final Module

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