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Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device Detection

VBIED PER-312 6 Contact Hours
Target Audience/Disciplines

First responders, public safety officers, security officers, and law enforcement officers tasked with inspecting vehicles for explosive threats, hazards, or prohibited items.


The Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device Detection (VBIED) course is a one-day course which provides response personnel with the knowledge and skills in the improvised-explosive device (IED) threat, identification of components and devices, methods for reacting to IEDs, and the procedures for inspecting vehicles to detect vehicle-borne IEDs. The course includes an overview of the vehicle-borne IED threat, fundamentals of IED and explosive effects, means for creation of homemade explosive devices, vehicle-borne IED clues, vehicle inspection-procedures, and a comprehensive exercise for inspecting vehicles and identifying vehicle-borne IED threats.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Identify the threat, tactics, methods of employment, historical and current threats in accordance with The Car Bomb.
  • Identify explosive hazards and safety precautions for the first responder.
  • Prevent, detect, protect against and respond to the illegal use of explosives.
  • Inspect a vehicle in order to prevent, detect, identify and react to any found explosive threats, hazards or prohibited items.
Course Offerings

No offerings at this time.

Prerequisites and Requirements

To be eligible for the course, the student must successfully complete the following:

Continuing Education Credits

The Center for Domestic Preparedness is authorized by IACET to offer .8 CEUs for this program.

Police Officer Standards and Training (POST); if approved by the student's state: .8