North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Specialized Explosives and Hazardous Materials Instructor Training

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

Officers designated to become Explosives and Hazardous Materials instructors for their agency. Individuals must possess current criminal justice instructor certification and receive a recommendation from a certified school director or agency head.

Course Goal:

To provide the knowledge and skills necessary to instruct the BLET Explosives and Hazardous Materials Emergencies, DOCC Fire Emergencies and In-Service training blocks.

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:
.  Demonstrate the specialized competencies necessary to instruct in the area of explosives and hazardous materials emergencies.

.  Demonstrate competencies as an Operations Level responder per NFPA 472 Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, 2008 Edition).

.  Demonstrate knowledge of the history, designs, and definition of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and their potential targets.

.  Identify types and components of IEDs.

.  Identify different varieties of packaged-type IEDs and secondary devices.

.  Identify the goals, reasons and means of suicide/ homicide bombers.

.  Identify the several varieties of IEDs (VBIEDs) and warning signs of possible VBIEDs.

.  Identify how each type of IED can be radio-controlled, how to recognize a radio controlled IED (RCIED), and what to do when encountering a RCIED.

.  Identify what actions need to be taken, how to respond to secondary devices, along with escape routes and communications.


Lecture, conference, demonstration and practical exercises will be employed.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions. Prior to registering for the course, students must include in their registration packet: a current General Criminal Justice Instructor Certification issued by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission or preapproved  acceptable alternative listed in the North Carolina Administrative Code; a copy of the agency’s fit test for the students issued Air-Purifying Respirator; the original OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire completed by the student and signed by an acceptable Medical Professional. At the conclusion of the course, students must attain a minimum of 75% on a Commission administered final written examination in order to be eligible for certification as a specialized instructor by the Commission.
PRIOR TO CLASS, students must purchase the text Hazardous Materials for First Responders 4th Edition. It is available from the NCJA bookstore or International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). TEXT BOOKS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS. If a student arrives without the required book, they will not be allowed to attend the course.

Students must provide, for testing and practical exercises, an Air-Purifying Respirator with training cartridge issued by the student’s agency. Prior to the beginning of the course the student MUST provide a copy of the agency’s fit test for the issued Air-Purifying Respirator.  The student MUST complete the OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire and have it evaluated and signed by an appropriate medical professional. Upon completion of this form by the student and medical professional, the ORIGINAL must be mailed to the Course Coordinator, along with all other required documents, at the address below. 

► Completed NCJA written endorsement to attend Specialized Instructor or SMI Training form.
► Copy of General Criminal Justice Instructor Certification or Approved Alternative.
► Copy of the fit test by their agency for the student’s Air-Purifying Respirator.

ATTN:  Amit Sujanani
North Carolina Justice Academy
PO Box 600
3971 Chimney Rock Road
Edneyville, NC 28727



  1. Register for ALL NCJA classes (traditional classroom and online) on our North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.
  2. Also, you must complete the Written Endorsement to Attend Specialized Instructor or SMI Training form and return it to the appropriate program assistant indicated the Training Portal.



Course Coordinator:

Floyd Yoder

Length of Course:

74 hours - Nine days
Limit 3 students per department.