IMAS Level 3 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

The training goal of the IMAS Level 3 EOD course is to provide students with the required knowledge and skills necessary to perform the duties & tasks during EOD Operations of a qualified IMAS Level 3 EOD Operator, in accordance with International Mine Action Standards (IMAS). Levels of competency training meet IMAS 09.30, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Level 3 criteria.

Students will have the opportunity to gain an IMAS level 3 EOD qualification, depending on the level of competency displayed by the student during assessments and testing.

The students will be issued professionally referenced materials including an EOD training handbook, a set of International Mine Action Standards, Technical notes for Mine Action, Information Management System for Mine Action reports, relevant GICHD Books and publications and examples of actual reports/forms.  To complement these, there is a large and varied selection of UXO training aids to help facilitate the learning process on-site.

Included in the syllabus

  1. Explosive Theory: Classification, effects & power of explosives. Types of detonation & Explosive formed projectiles (shaped charge) design & effects.
  2. Land Service Ammunition (LSA): Aids to an identification, LSA fusing systems. Identification of Projectiles, Mortars, Rockets, Grenades and Landmines by the main group and subgroup role, hazards and generic methods of disposal. Reconnaissance of LSA & movement of explosive ordnance. LSA practical identification training (Reconnaissance circuits).
  3. Landmines & Booby Traps: Minefield patterns & doctrine. Components of a landmine, Landmine types & principles of operation. Simple and complicated firing mechanisms. Intro to booby traps including theory & methods of operations.
  4. Air Dropped Weapons (ADW): Aircraft bombs key identifying features, Pistols and fuses, arming & functioning actions. Recognition by classification and role of aircraft bombs, Containers, incendiaries, Submunitions & area denial weapons. Options for Render Safe Procedures (RSP). Practical identification training (Reconnaissance circuits).
  5. Guided Weapons (GW): GW’s classification, components parts recognition & safety precautions. GW’s role & category identification. GW’s reconnaissance procedures, disposal techniques. Practical identification training (Reconnaissance circuits).
  6. Storage, Transportation and Handling of Explosives: Health & safety legislation & environmental issues. Explosive storage, transportation and Handling regulations. Explosive security & safety. Practical exercise inspection audit of an Explosive store/Magazine.
  7. Management of Demolition Sites: Demolition site selection criteria, the layout of a demolitions area, demolition site safety and demolition procedures. Demolition site documentation. Practical demolition site selection training exercise.
  8. Demolitions: Types of explosives & accessories, demolition initiation sets (electrical & non-electrical, misfire drills). Ring main & mainline techniques. High & low order techniques. Disposal by burning including high & low burning methods. Intro to bulk demolitions. Safety and safe distances for personnel & equipment. Types of protective works for blast & fragmentation mitigation. Practical “LIVE” demolition training day.
  9. Battle Area Clearance (BAC): BAC reconnaissance, setting out procedures & clearance methods. Visual, shallow instrument & deep instrument search techniques with practical demonstration & exercises. BAC planning, man and day calculations, operational documentation. Practical planning & report writing.
  10. Threat Assessment & Planning: Threat assessment intro & threat analysis tools. Practical threat assessment training exercises.
  11. EOD task Management: The 10 phases of an EOD operation. Practical EOD task demonstration & EOD task training.


Confirmatory Exercises & Formal Tests

  • UXO recognition & identification test (LSA, ADW & GW’S);
  • Storage, transportation and handling of explosives (written exam);
  • Demolitions theory & practical training, including live demolitions;
  • Initiation set (Electric and Non-electric) fault finding test.
  • Battle Area Clearance (BAC) planning, reporting & practical search techniques assessment;
  • EOD task scene management test week ( individual & syndicate practical EOD task assessment).
  • Final EOD theoretical test (end-of-course test)