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C-IED Training and Risk Mitigation Training

To reduce risk to the nation's critical infrastructure, the CISA's Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) develops and delivers a diverse curriculum of training and awareness products to enhance national security by building public and private capabilities to deter, prevent, and respond to bombing incidents.

CISA's 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).

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


Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for Counter-Improved Explosive Device (C-IED) Training and Awareness.

Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for Counter-Improved Explosive Device (C-IED) Awareness Products.

How Is Training Offered?

ILT - Instructor-Led Training

Resident and non-resident C-IED training is delivered by subject matter experts in-residence at FEMA's CDP or by a mobile training team that come to your location. These courses build nationwide counter-IED capabilities and increase awareness of IED threats by providing information to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents. All courses are provided free of charge.

Resident Training at the CDP - All OBP resident training are conducted at the FEMA's CDP in Anniston, Alabama through and interagency agreement and training partnership. The CDP is the United States DHS's only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training center. All training cost for state, local, tribal, territorial, governmental, or private sector participants are completely funded by DHS at no cost to the individual or jurisdiction/organization. To learn more about C-IED's in-person classes are offered, click here.

- Mobile Training Team (MTT) - Through an intra-agency agreement, OBP established a MTT who travel to the participant's jurisdiction or organization to deliver C-IED Training. These teams are made up of expert practitioners with military and law enforcement backgrounds who bring real world experiences into the classroom and provide unique insights which reinforce the training content and principles. These experts facilitate all in-person courses and VILT. The MTT has the capability to deliver up to five in-person training events each week in all U.S. states and territories, and to some international partners.


VILT - Virtual-Instructor Lead Training

This program provides general C-IED information to a broad audience via online training with a live instructor using the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) connect platform. Perfect for participants with limited availability constraints, most classes are approximately an hour in length. These courses are accredited by the International Accreditors of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and participants receive certificates with contact hours. All courses are provided free of charge. 


IST - In

This program provides self-paced, web-based courses designed for a broad audience to provide general awareness-level C-IED information to public and private sector partners to enhance awareness of and response to IED threats. These courses are accredited by the IACET and participants receive certificates with contact hours. All courses are provided free of charge. 


MTVS - Micro-Training Video Series

These are instructional videos that communicate the threat posed by IEDs, explain C-IED concepts, and demonstrate bombing prevention procedures. The videos show the audience how to react to a bombing attack and deal with a variety of explosive threats such as bomb threats and suspicious items. All videos are free to view on YouTube.


Train-the-Trainer (TtT)

The Empowered Trainer Program is a Train-the-Trainer initiative managed by OBP. This program trains members of Federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, public, and private sector organizations to teach accredited OBP C-IED courses. It is designed to build enduring capability at the state and local levels to deliver OBP C-IED and risk mitigation training. The program provides trainers with the essential knowledge and support required to deliver OBP courses. 

The TtT program is offered for the following courses

- AWR-348: Bombing Prevention Awareness (BPAC)

- PER-312: Vehicles-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) Detection

- PER-336 Protective Measures

- PER-339: IED Search procredures

Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Train-the-Trainer fact sheet.

Who Can Attend?

Courses are administered free of charge and provide easy to understand basic bombing prevention guidance. They provide individuals or large audiences with general awareness to enhance national security by building public and private capabilities to deter, prevent, and respond to bombing incidents.  Courses are appliable to a broad audience that includes:

- Municipal officials

- Emergency managers

- State and local law enforcement

- Other emergency services

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Security staff

- Public and private sector participants

Accreditation and Certification

All training courses offered by OBP comply with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) standards and are certificated for the award of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

In addition, OBP has several training courses certified by the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) organization. IADLEST, in partnership with the Peace Officer Standards and Training program, launched the National Certification Program (NCP), which establishes law enforcement training standards and best practices relating to improved professionalism and skill sets for our nation’s first responders. NCP courses are recognized nationally and designed to count towards law enforcement officers' mandatory in-service training requirements.


Contact Information

For questions or additional information about OBP training or products, please contact OBP at  

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