Counter-IED Training

The Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) offers bombing prevention training through multiple platforms to meet stakeholder needs: direct delivery in-person in a traditional classroom setting or in-residence at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), online through a virtual instructor-led training (VILT) platform, and through independent study training (IST). 

All training courses offered by the Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) are available at no cost and are accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education (IACET). OBP complies with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, OBP is accredited to issue the IACET Continuing Education Unit (CEU). A FEMA Student ID (FEMA SID) is required to participate in OBP course offerings. To obtain a FEMA SID, visit the FEMA SID Registration Webpage

 

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Direct Delivery In-Person Training

Coordinated through DHS Protective Security Advisors (PSAs), State Homeland Security Officials, and training offices, OBP courses educate federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial participants—such as municipal officials and emergency managers, state and local law enforcement and other emergency services, security staff, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and private partners—on strategies to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents. For more information or to request OBP counter-improvised explosive device (IED) direct delivery in-person training, please email the Office for Bombing Prevention at OBPTraining@hq.dhs.gov for additional information. 

 

Bomb Prevention Awareness course (AWR-348)

Description: The Bombing Prevention Awareness course provides an overview of IEDs and explosive effects, homemade explosives, an introduction to the terrorist attack cycle, and the response to suspicious behaviors and items. The basic awareness is used to enhance bombing prevention measures.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officials

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 0.7 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 7 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

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Bomb Threat Management Planning course (MGT-451)

Description: The Bomb Threat Management Planning course provides participants foundational knowledge on the DHS risk management process and bomb threat management planning. It gives participants opportunity to apply this knowledge to develop a bomb threat management plan.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

 -Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officials

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 0.7 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 7 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

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IED Search Procedures course (PER-339)

Description: The Improvised Explosive (IED) Search Procedures course introduces to basic, low risk, search protocols. It provides participants the information needed to create a search plan for their facility or special event and allows them to perform IED searches of a facility, an area, and a route.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officers

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 0.7 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 7 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended Prerequisites

- AWR-333: IED Construction and Classification

- AWR-337: IED Explosive Effects and Mitigation

- AWR-338: Homemade Explosives (HME) and Precursor Awareness

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Protective Measures course (PER-336)

Description: The Protective Measures course provides the foundational knowledge to identify risks and vulnerabilities to a facility, venue, or event and identify various types of protective measures to mitigate an IED threat. Participants apply concepts introduced throughout the course with hands-on activities.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officers

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 0.7 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 7 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended Prerequisites

- AWR-337: IED Explosive Effects and Mitigation

- IS-156: Building Design for Homeland Security for Continuity of Operations

- IS-15.B: Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies

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Surveillance Detection for Bombing Prevention course (PER-346)

Description: The Surveillance Detection for Bombing Prevention course provides public safety and security professionals fundamental knowledge and skills to recognize and respond appropriately to hostile surveillance at facilities and planned and unplanned events.
Course Length: 3 days (24 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officers

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 2.0 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 20 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended Prerequisites:

- FEMA IS-914: Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do

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Vehicle-Borne IED (VBIED) Detection course (PER-312)

Description: The Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) Detection course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to successfully and safely inspect for, identify, and/or respond to vehicle-borne explosive threats.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security Officers

- Law enforcement officers

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 0.7 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 7 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended Prerequisites:

- AWR-333: IED Construction and Classification

- AWR-337: IED Explosive Effects and Mitigation

- AWR-338: Homemade Explosives (HME) and Precursor Awareness

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Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) Community Liaison course (MGT-450)

Description: The Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) Community Liasion course prepares participants to conduct outreach in their communities by familiarizing them with explosive precursor chemicals and components found in common household products used to make bombs. It also provides them the ability to recognize suspicious purchasing behaviors, and access BMAP resources.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Community liaisons

- Community outreach

Accreditation: 0.7 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 7 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

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Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) Administrator Trainer course (MGT-450-1)

Description: The Bombing-Making Awareness Program (BMAP) Administrator Trainer course equips supervisors, trainers, and other select representatives with the knowledge, skills, abilities required to administer and sustain the BMAP within their communities. It will further prepare them to administer and teach the BMAP Community Liaison (CL) course.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- BMAP administrators

- BMAP community liaisons course instructors

Accreditation: 0.7 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 7 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended Prerequisites

- AWR-921: Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Employee Training

- NSI SAR: Explosive Precursors Point of Sale Training

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Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) Courses

Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) courses provide general counter-IED information to a broad audience via online training with a live instructor using Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) Adobe Connect platform. Perfect for participants with time availability constraints, most classes are approximately one-hour in length and can be taken independently. For more information and to register, visit the VILT Schedule and Registration webpage.

 

IED Construction and Classification course (AWR-333)

Description: The Improved Explosive Device (IED) Construction and Classification course provides an overview of the various components required for IED production. The course is designed to provide foundational knowledge about the construction and classification of IEDs, including their function, components, classifications, and how they are constructed. 
Course Length: 60-minutes

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 50 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officers

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 1.0 contact hour towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 1 CEU towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

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Improved Explosive Device Explosive Effects and Mitigation course (AWR-337)

Description: The Improved Explosive Device (IED) Explosive Effects and Mitigation course introduces the effects of an explosive detonation. It details the difference between blast, thermal/incendiary, and fragmentation effects, and describes the consequences on various targets. In addition, participants will learn about security measures and best practices that can help prevent or mitigate explosive effects. 
Course Length: 60-minutes

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 50 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officers

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 1.0 contact hour towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 1 CEU towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

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Introduction to the Terrorist Attack Cycle course (AWR-334)

Description: The Introduction to the Terrorist Attack Cycle course introduces common steps involved in planning and executing terrorist attacks. This course provides participants with the understanding of how to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate attacks that use Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). 
Course Length: 90-minutes

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 50 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officers

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 2.0 contact hours towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 2 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

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Homemade Explosives and Precursor Awareness course (AWR-338)

Description: The Homemade Explosives (HME) and Precursor Awareness course provides foundational knowledge on HME and common precursor materials. participants will define HME and learn to identify common precursor chemicals and materials used to make HME. In addition, participants will learn how HME is used in an attack. 
Course Length: 60-minutes

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 50 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officers

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 1.0 contact hour towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 1 CEU towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

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Protective Measures Awareness course (AWR-340)

Description: The Protective Measures Awareness course introduces how to identify and mitigate facility security gaps. This course provides foundational knowledge about risk management and the three rings of security: physical, procedural/technical, and intelligence protective measures. 
Course Length: 60-minutes

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 50 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officers

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 1.0 contact hour towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 1 CEU towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

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Response to suspicious Behaviors and Items for Bombing Prevention course (AWR-335)

Description: The Response to Suspicious Behaviors and Items for Bombing Prevention course provides participants with a foundational introduction to recognizing and responding to suspicious behaviors and activities related to terrorist or criminal activities. This course also highlights what to do when encountering an unattended or suspicious item and to whom to report it. 
Course Length: 60-minutes

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 50 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officials

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 1.0 contact hour towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 1 CEU towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

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Web-Based Independent Studies

These web-based courses are self-paced and designed for a broad audience to provide general awareness-level, counter-IED information to public and private sector partners to enhance awareness and response to IED threats. These courses are offered free-of-charge. Download a fact sheet for Independent Study Training courses

 

IED Awareness and Security Procedures course (AWR-341)

Description: The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Awareness and Security Procedures course is designed to provide foundational knowledge about IEDs and proper safety precautions and procedures for reacting and responding to unattended and suspicious items.
Course Length: 60-minutes self-paced

Audience: This course is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officers

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 1.0 contact hour towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 1 CEU towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

Website: TRIPwire Counter-IED Training 

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Homemade Explosives and Precursor Chemicals Awareness for Public Safety course (AWR-349)

Description: The Homemade Explosives (HME) and Precursor Awareness course provides participants with a foundational understanding of HME and common precursor materials. Participants will define HME, explore the considerations involved in a decision by perpetrators to use HME as the explosive for an attack, and will learn to identify common precursor chemicals and materials used to make HME.
Course Length: 60-minutes self-paced

Audience: This course is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officials

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 1.0 contact hour towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 1 CEU towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

Website: TRIPwire Counter-IED Training

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Bomb Threat Preparedness and Response course (AWR-903)

Description: The Bomb Threat Preparedness and Response course is an online independent study training. It uses interactive exercises and case histories of what actually happened during bombing incidents to familiarize participants with the steps necessary to prepare for and respond to a bomb threat.
Course Length: 60-minutes self-paced

Audience: This course is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officials

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 1.0 contact hour towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 1 CEU towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

Website: None.

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Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Employee Training course (AWR-921)

Description: The Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Employee Training course teaches participants how to recognize suspicious purchasing behaviors in a retail setting that might indicate Bomb-Making activity and what to do when a suspicious incident occurs.
Course Length: 60-minutes self-paced

Audience: This course is intended for audiences such as:

-Beauty supply stores

- Home-improvement stores

- Online retailers

- Pool supply retailers

- Other retailers

Accreditation: 1.0 contact hour towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 1 CEU towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

Website: None.

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Interactive Scenarios for Public Safety Responders Training

Description: The Interactive Scenarios for Public Safety Responders Training, developed in partnership with the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), provides multiple scenarios designed to heighten public safety responders' awareness of IEDs and enhance reaction skills for an initial response to an IED event.
Course Length: 90-minutes

Audience: This course is intended for audiences such as:

- Law enforcement

- Firefighters

- Emergency medical technicians

- Other public safety personnel

Accreditation: None.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

Website: TRIPwire Counter-IED Training 

 

IS-912: Retail Security Awareness: Understanding the Hidden Hazards

Description: The purpose of this training is to make persons involved in commercial retail operations aware of the actions they can take to identify and report suspicious purchases or thefts of products that actors could use in terrorist or other criminal activities.
Course Length: 45-minutes

Audience: This course is intended for audiences such as:

- Retail managers

- Loss prevention specialists

- Risk management specialists

- Product managers

- Sales associates

- Other retail personnel

Accreditation: None.
Recommended Prerequisites
1.0 contact hour towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 1 CEU towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.

Website: FEMA EMI IS-912: Retail Security Awareness: Understanding the Hidden Hazards 

 

IS-914: Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do

Description: The purpose of this training is to make critical infrastructure employees and service providers aware of actions they can take to detect and report suspicious activities associated with adversarial surveillance.
Course Length: 45-minutes

Audience: This course is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Critical infrastructure employees

- Critical infrastructure service providers

- Anyone with critical infrastructure duties and responsibilities

Accreditation: None.
Recommended Prerequisites
1.0 contact hour towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 1 CEU towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.

Website: FEMA EMI IS-914: Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do 

 

Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Explosive Recursors Point of Sale Training

Description: Avaiable from the Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI), this interactive training is to instrucs sale personnel involved at the point of sale on behaviors and indicators that are reasonably indictative of potential terrorist and/or criminal bomb-making activity; how and where to report suspicious activity; and how to protect privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties when documenting information. It also instructs personnel of the types f suspicious activity that might be observed during their daily duties.
Course Length: 45-minutes

Audience: This course is intended for audiences such as:

- Retail managers

- Loss prevention specialists

- Risk management specialists

- Product managers

- Sales associates

- Other retail personnel

Accreditation: None.
Recommended Prerequisites
1 hour

Website: NSI Training Website 

Training Video Series

The "What to Do" training video series (IVS) communicate IED threats, explain counter-IED concepts, and demonstrates bombing prevention procedures by showing the audiences how to react to a bombing attack and deal with a variety of explosive threats such as bomb threats and suspicious items. Sometimes referred to as "how-to" videos, these training videos are designed to improve individual skills to identify indicators of an IED attack, threat conditions, and mitigation measures. 

 

What to Do: Bomb Threat

Description: Demonstrates the procedures you should following during a bomb threat and will help you prepare and react appropriately.
Video Length: 
04 minutes and 12 seconds
Audience: General public
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What to Do: Bomb Searches

Description: Describes basic bomb search procedures to use once the determination has been made that a search is warranted and the authorities have been notified. This video demonstrates in detail, the room, route, and area search techniques that can be applied to any type of facility.
Video Length: 
08 minutes and 25 seconds
Audience: General public
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What to Do: Surviving a Bomb Attack

Description: Describes what happens when a bomb detonates and demonstrates the procedures you should follow to surviving a bomb attack.
Video Length: 
06 minutes and 43 seconds
Audience: General public
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What to Do: Suspicious or Unattended Item

Description: Demonstrates how you can determine whether an item is suspicious (potential bomb) or simply unattended and will help you prepare and react appropriately.
Video Length: 
07 minutes and 53 seconds
Audience: General public
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