Certified Explosives Specialists
Certified Explosives Specialists (CES) are ATF’s primary resource in explosives-related matters. CESs are special agents who receive extensive training and education in explosives technology and engineering principles, explosives applications and effects, investigation, and disposal techniques.
CESs conduct investigations into violations of the Federal explosives laws and support the efforts of ATF, State, and local investigators.
The CES’s primary duties include:
- Investigating all types of explosions in their jurisdiction.
- Conducting explosives disposal operations.
- Conducting liaison activities.
- Maintaining knowledge of common military, commercial, and homemade explosives.
- Providing technical assistance to State and local public safety agencies regarding explosives related matters.
- Providing explosives training.
- Assisting industry operations investigators.
To become a CES, an ATF special agent must undergo a 2-year training program that includes 15 weeks of formal course work, combined with graduate level explosives engineering/technology courses, and field work.