Post Blast Investigative Techniques I (Course ID EXPL-CS-0013)

Program Description: 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.

Student must provide his or her own transportation, lodging and meals. ATF provides instructors, classroom supplies, training materials, and range tools. 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.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Explosives

  • Introduction to improvised explosive devices (IED)

  • Post blast scene processing and forensics

  • ATF team concept

Length of Training: 5 class days

Prerequisites for Attendance: 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.

Application: Download ATF F 6310.1 — State and Local Training Registration Request. Please send the completed application via email to Those selected will be contacted with available course dates.

Course Dates:
Course From To Location
TBA TBA TBA Redstone Arsenal, AL

Contact: PBIT Program Manager at 256-261-7503 for additional information.

Last Reviewed March 3, 2020