This is a basic post blast course designed to teach a systematic method of investigating an explosion scene. The course provides instruction in explosives identification and applications, explosives effects, IED component recognition and evidence collection. The course is delivered at a variety of locations throughout the United States based on requests from ATF field divisions.
The course is comprised of classroom participation, an explosives demonstration and actual investigation of a post blast scene.
Introduction to explosives
Introduction to improvised explosive devices (IED)
Post blast scene processing and forensics
ATF team concept
Length of Training
5 class days for the basic course. 10 class days for the advanced course.
Applicant must be a full time public safety official whose primary mission is to investigate bombing incidents and other explosions. Selections are intended to facilitate coordination of agencies in the area of operation where the training is being conducted.
Due to budget restrictions and the cancellation of ATF State Department Post Blast Training, ATF is no longer running a standing class open to military students. However, military-only classes will be conducted at NCETR on Redstone Arsenal, with all associated costs being covered by the sponsoring unit.
Tuition and Costs
Student must provide their own transportation, lodging and meals. ATF provides instructors, classroom supplies, training materials and range tools.
How to Apply
Student selection is conducted by the ATF Field Office hosting the training. Please contact the local ATF Field Office hosting the course for more information.
Current Course Dates
|State & Local||Feb. 8-12, 2021||Redstone Arsenal, Alabama|
|State & Local||Feb. 22-26, 2021||Redstone Arsenal, Alabama|
|ERIE||March 22-25, 2021||Redstone Arsenal, Alabama|
|State & Local||April 12-16, 2021||Redstone Arsenal, Alabama|
|Advanced PBIT||May 17-28, 2021||Redstone Arsenal, Alabama|
|ERIE||June 7-11, 2021||Redstone Arsenal, Alabama|
|Advanced PBIT||Aug. 9-20, 2021||Redstone Arsenal, Alabama|
Please contact PBIT Program Manager Stephen Seaworth at 256-376-6905 for additional information.