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.
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.