Homemade Explosives: Identify-Process-Dispose (Course ID EXPL-CS-0018)

The ATF Homemade Explosives (HME) course provides operator-level training for the identification of precursor chemicals and manufacturing equipment, processing techniques, along with safe handling, mitigation and disposal of hazardous HME mixtures. The course utilizes lectures, approved hands-on laboratory classes, practical exercises, explosives range demonstrations, and disposal exercises to enhance student training.

Course Topics

  • Recognize and identify precursors used in the manufacture of HMEs

  • Associate precursors with respective homemade explosives

  • Identify and mitigate the hazards of precursors, partially mixed HMEs, or finished HMEs

  • Safe sampling and testing techniques for HME or precursor identification

  • Evidentiary collection and scene processing

  • Remote methods of removing, and the safe disposal of HME hazards

Length of Training

Full business week (5 class days) with Sunday and Saturday travel days.


For public safety bomb technicians, successful completion of Hazardous Devices School and ATF’s Advanced Explosives Disposal Techniques (AEDT). The prerequisites are waived for military Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians and Special Operations Forces (SOF) explosives engineers.

Tuition and Costs

State and local students (public safety bomb technicians) – Tuition, lodging, and airfare costs for this program are covered by ATF. ATF does NOT reimburse mileage for Government Owned Vehicles, travel insurance, upgrades and non-essential expenses. State and local students will be reimbursed for airfare and meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) by direct deposit, following submission of a travel voucher at the conclusion of the training program.

Military students (EOD technicians and SOF explosives engineers) – There is no tuition for military students. Prerequisites are waived for military students. All travel related costs are the responsibility of your unit. Military students are not required to complete the ATF training request form. Training dates are assigned by a military deciding official. Contact information for respective deciding officials can be obtained by emailing HMEmailbox@atf.gov. Please specify your unit's geographic location.

How to Apply

Download ATF F 6310.1 — Training Registration Request for Non-ATF Employees. Send the completed application to HMEmailbox@atf.gov. Those selected will be contacted via email with available course dates.

Fiscal Year 2023 Course Dates

Course Dates Location Travel Dates
Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2022 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Oct. 30 & Nov. 5
Nov. 14-18, 2022 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Nov. 13 & Nov. 19
Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2022 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Nov. 27 & Dec. 3
Dec. 12-16, 2022 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Dec. 11 & Dec. 17
Jan. 9-13, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Jan. 8 & Jan. 14
Jan. 23-27, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Jan. 22 & Jan. 28
Feb. 6-10, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Feb. 5 & Feb. 11
Feb. 27-March 3, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Feb. 26 & March 4
March 20-24, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama March 19 & March 25
April 10-14, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama April 9 & April 15
April 24-28, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama April 23 & April 29
May 8-12, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama May 7 & May 13
May 22-26, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama May 21 & May 27
June 5-9, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama June 4 & June 10
June 26-30, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama June 25 & July 1
July 10-14, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama July 9 & July 15
July 31-Aug. 4, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama July 30 & Aug. 5
Aug. 21-25, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Aug. 20 & Aug. 26
Sept. 11-15, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Sept. 10 & Sept.16
Sept. 25-29, 2023 Redstone Arsenal, Alabama Sept. 24 & Sept. 30


Please contact HME Program Manager Gray Lane at Allan.Lane@atf.gov.

Last Reviewed August 8, 2022