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HME and Precursor Awareness for Public Safety

1 Contact Hours


The Homemade Explosives (HME) and Precursor Awareness course provides participants with a foundational understanding of HME and common precursor materials. Participants will define HME, explore the considerations involved in a decision by perpetrators to use HME as the explosive for an attack, and will learn to identify common precursor chemicals and materials used to make HME.

This 60 Minute Independent Study Training (IST) is a self-paced, web based course covering the following topics:

  • HME: An imminent danger
  • Why would someone use HME?
  • What should you look for?
  • What do you do if you suspect the presence of HME?
  • What should I do if…?

Target Audience

Critical Infrastructure Owners and Operators, Public Safety Officers, Emergency Managers, Security Officers, Law Enforcement Officials, and Private Sector Security Professionals.

Prerequisites and Requirements

Before you attend, participant requirements are as follows:

  • You will need a computer with an internet connection to complete this course

Course registration requires a FEMA SID, to complete the one-time registration process for a FEMA SID please visit:


Continuing Education Credits

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)/Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) is authorized by IACET (International Accreditors of Continuing Education and Training) to award CEUs for this activity. 

  • International Accreditors of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) – 0.1 CEU / 1 Contact hour
  • Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) 1 CEU