Counter-IED Training Courses


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, comply with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) standards, and are certificated for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the Center for Domestic Preparedness. 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 the printer-friendly Counter-IED Training fact sheet.

Direct Delivery In-Person Training

Coordinated through DHS Protective Security Advisors (PSA), 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 contact CISA Central by emailing central@cisa.dhs.gov or email OBPTraining@cisa.dhs.gov.

Empowered Trainer Program

The Empowered Trainer Initiative (ETI) is a Train-the-Trainer (TtT) program managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)’s Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP), designed to build the counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) training capabilities of public and private stakeholders by providing
trainers with the essential knowledge and support required to effectively deliver OBP’s counter-IED and risk mitigation training in their local jurisdictions and/or their individual organizations using accredited curriculum and learning management systems. Become an OBP certified trainer through our Empowered Trainer Initiative, Counter-IED Train-the-Trainer Program. Download the printer-friendly C-IED TtT Program fact sheet.

Instructor-led Resident and Non-resident Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) training is delivered by subject matter experts that come to your location, or in-residence at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness. 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. Download the printer-friendly Instructor-Led Training fact sheet.

Bombing Prevention Awareness Course (AWR-348)

Participants: 15-250+
Audience: Public and private sector individuals interested in or required to have a basic awareness of bombing prevention measures. Public safety personnel, emergency managers, law enforcement, and special event security personnel can also benefit from the course.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: The Bombing Prevention Awareness Course provides participants knowledge of general bombing prevention measures that aid in mitigating the impact of a bombing incident, including:

  • IED construction and classification
  • Homemade explosive (HME) precursor awareness
  • Explosive effects mitigation
  • Introduction to the terrorist attack cycle
  • Identification of suspicious behaviors and items

Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Bombing Prevention Awareness Course.

Bomb Threat Management Planning Course (MGT-451)

Participants: 15-25
Audience: Public and private sector emergency management representatives, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and law enforcement.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
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Description: The Bomb Threat Management (BTM) Planning Course provides participants foundational knowledge on the DHS risk management process and bomb threat management planning. It gives participants the opportunity to apply this knowledge to develop a bomb threat management plan. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the BTM Planning Course.

IED Search Procedures Course (PER-339)

Participants: 15-25
Audience: Public and private sector facility owners and operators and security staff that may be tasked with search duties during a bomb threat incident
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
Recommended Prerequisites:

Description: The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Search Procedures Course introduces participants 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 preform IED searches of a facility, an area, and a route. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the IED Search Procedures Course.

Protective Measures Course (PER-336)

Participants: 15-25
Audience: Public and private sector security personnel at the executive, management, and operations level. Public safety workers, emergency managers, law enforcement, and special event security could also benefit from this course.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
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Description: The Protective Measures Course provides participants 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. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Protective Measures Course.

Surveillance Detection for Bombing Prevention Course (PER-346)

Participants: 15-25
Audience: Law enforcement and public and private sector security staff
Course Length: 3 days (24 hours)
Recommended Prerequisites: FEMA IS-914: Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do
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. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for Surveillance Detection Course.

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

Participants: 15-25
Audience: First responders, public safety officers, security officers, and law enforcement officers tasked with inspecting vehicles for explosive threats, hazards, or prohibited items
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
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Description: The 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. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the VBIED Detection Course.

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

Participants: 15-25
Audience: This course is designed for public safety and private sector personnel identified as Community Liaisons or perform community outreach as part of their role. 
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
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Description: This Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) Community Liaison 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. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the BMAP Community Liaison Course. To learn more, please email  bmap@cisa.dhs.gov

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. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for VILT Courses.

Improvised Explosive Device Construction and Classification (AWR-333)

Participants: 15-50
Audience: Public and private sector individuals interested in or required to have a basic awareness of IED construction and classification
Course Length: 60 minutes
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: The Improvised 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. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the IED Construction and Classification Course.

Improvised Explosive Device Explosive Effects and Mitigation (AWR-337)

Participants: 15-50
Audience: Public and private sector individuals who are interested in or require a basic awareness of how to mitigate the explosive effects of IEDs
Course Length: 60 minutes
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: The Improvised Explosive Device 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. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the IED Explosive Effects and Mitigation Course.

Introduction to the Terrorist Attack Cycle (AWR-334)

Participants: 15-50
Audience: Public and private sector individuals who have responsibility for critical infrastructure protection as well as those who are interested in or required to have a basic awareness of terrorist operations and bomb prevention
Course Length: 90 minutes
Recommended Prerequisites: None
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. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Introduction to the Terrorist Attack Cycle Course.

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

Participants: 15-50
Audience: Public and private sector individuals who are interested in or required to have a basic awareness of homemade explosives and precursor chemicals
Course Length: 60 minutes
Recommended Prerequisites: None
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. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Homemade Explosives and Precursor Awareness Course.

Protective Measures Awareness (AWR-340)

Participants: 15-50
Audience: Public or private sector individuals who are required to have information regarding protective measures against IEDs and/or are interested in taking the protective measures performance based course
Course Length: 60 minutes
Recommended Prerequisites: None
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. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Protective Measures Awareness Course.

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

Participants: 15-50
Audience: Managers and employees of stores that sell homemade explosive precursors, facility managers, public and private sector emergency management representatives, security professionals, and law enforcement
Course Length: 60 minutes
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: The Response to Suspicious Behaviors and Items 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 and unattended or suspicious item and to whom to report it. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Response to Suspicious Behaviors and Items Course.

Surveillance Detection Principles (AWR-940)

Participants: 15-50
Audience: Critical infrastructure owners and operators, public safety officers, emergency managers, security officers, law enforcement officers, private sector security professionals
Course Length: 4 hours
Recommended Prerequisites:

Description: The Surveillance Detection Principles course provides participants with a topical knowledge and introductory skills to recognize hostile surveillance at facilities and events, and foundational knowledge for planning and responding appropriately. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Surveillance Detection Principles Course.

Independent Study Training

Independent Study Training (IST) 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 available on TRIPwire under Counter-IED Training or through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and are offered free-of-charge. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for Independent Study Training Courses.

IED Awareness and Safety Procedures (AWR-341)

Website: TRIPwire Counter-IED Training
Audience: Public and private sector emergency management representatives
Course Length: 60 minutes
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Awareness and Safety 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. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the IED Awareness and Safety Procedures Course.

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

Website: TRIPwire Counter-IED Training
Audience: Law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and other public safety personnel
Course Length: 60 minutes
Recommended Prerequisites: None
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. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Homemade Explosives and Precursor Chemicals Awareness for Public Safety Course.

Bomb Threat Preparedness and Response (AWR-903)

Website: TRIPwire Counter-IED Training
Audience: Critical infrastructure owners and operators, public safety officers, emergency mangers, security officers, law enforcement officials, private sector security professionals
Course Length: 60 minutes
Recommended Prerequisites: None
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 bomb incidents to familiarize participants with the steps necessary to prepare for and respond to a bomb threat. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Bomb Threat Preparedness and Response Course.

Bomb-Making Materials Awareness: Your Role (AWR-911)

Website: Center for Domestic Preparedness
Audience: General public, public safety dispatchers, law enforcement officers, fire and emergency medical technicians, and fusion center analysts
Course Length: 40 minutes
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: The Bomb-Making Materials Awareness: Your Role course uses an immersive, graphic novel style storytelling approach to educate and empower community members on how to identify and report suspicious activity and purchasing behaviors related to bomb-making materials. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Bomb-Making Materials Awareness: Your Role Course.

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

Website: Center for Domestic Preparedness
Audience: Beauty supply stores, home improvement stores, online retailers, pool supply retailers, and other retailers
Course Length: 35 minutes
Recommended Prerequisites: None
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. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for the Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Employee Training Course.

IS-912 Retail Security Awareness: Understanding the Hidden Hazards

Website: FEMA EMI IS-912: Retail Security Awareness: Understanding the Hidden Hazards
Audience: Public and private sector emergency management representatives
Course Length: 60 minutes
Prerequisites: None
Description: The purpose of this course 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.

IS-914 Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do

Website: FEMA EMI IS-914: Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do
Audience: Public and private sector emergency management representatives
Course Length: 60 minutes
Prerequisites: None
Description: The purpose of this course 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.

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

Website: NSI Training Website
Audience: Commercial retail and sales personnel
Course Length: 1 hour
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Description: Available from the Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI), this interactive course instructs sales personnel involved at the point of sale on behaviors and indicators that are reasonably indicative 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 of suspicious activity that might be observed during their daily duties.

Contact Information

To request in-person training, please contact CISA Central by emailing central@cisa.dhs.gov or email the Office for Bombing Prevention at OBPTraining@cisa.dhs.gov for additional information.

For more information and to register for any of the virtual instructor-led training courses, visit the VILT Schedule and Registration webpage.

For more information and to take any of the computer-based training courses, visit Counter-IED Training on TRIPwire or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI).

To report an emergency or suspicious activity, call 9-1-1 or contact local law enforcement.

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