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 the Independent Study Training courses. 

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 Pipe Bomb
  • Safety Precautions
  • Suspicious Items

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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  • Define HME
  • Identify common precursor chemicals
  • Materials used to make HME

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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  • Interactive Exercises
  • Case histories
  • Respond to a bomb threat

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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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: Interactive Scenarios for Public Safety Responders Training 

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 

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 

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  

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