independent study (on-demand)

HME and Precursor Awareness for Public Safety Course (AWR-349)

Training Code
On Demand
Location type


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 this course below.

Additional Details

Training Audience
Law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and other public safety personnel.
Course Length
One-Hour Independent Study Training (IST)

Course Documents

AWR-349 Fact Sheet (PDF, 1.03 MB )


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).