IMAS Level 3+ Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

IMAS Level 3+ Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

The training goal of the IMAS Level 3+ Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) course is to instruct students, who are already Level 3 (IMAS) to acquire the required knowledge and skills necessary to perform the duties & tasks during EOD Operations of a qualified IMAS Level 3+ EOD Operator. This is in accordance with IMAS. The levels of competency training will meet IMAS 09.30; Explosive Ordnance Disposal 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 assessment and training.

The students will be issued professional reference materials for the course. Included is an EOD training handbook, a set of IMAS technical notes for Mine Action, IMSMA reports, relevant GICHD books and publications. To complement these handouts, there is a large and varied selection of UXO training aids.

Included in the syllabus

  1. IMAS & TNMA: Revision and refresher to the framework of IMAS & TNMAs, Navigation and extraction of info from the standards. Introduction to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and accreditation.
  2. Explosives Theory: Classification of explosives, the effects and power of explosives, high and low explosive trains, the velocity of detonation and figure of the insensitivity of explosives, types of detonation. Explosive formed projectiles (shaped charge) design & effects, low explosive propellant design and characteristics.
  3. EOD Task Management: The 10 phases of an EOD operation, information gathering techniques, initial threat assessment and planning, The continual threat assessment and task progression process. Practical EOD task management training exercises.
  4. Land Service Ammunition: The generic aids to identification, fuse types, fuse arming and functioning actions. Generic and detailed recognition of projectiles, mortars, rockets, grenades and mines, including white phosphorous and depleted uranium munitions. Generic methods of disposal and render safe procedures.
  5. Landmines & Booby Traps: Component parts of a landmine, landmine types & principles of operation. Simple and complicated firing mechanisms. Generic methods of disposal and render safe procedures. Principles of booby traps, component parts and types of traps, methods of operation. Render safe procedures, practical booby trap setting and clearance training exercises, including house clearance.
  6. Improvised Explosive Device Disposal: The principles of IEDs, types and component parts, methods of operation. IEDD safety precautions including safety distances. IED disruption equipment and techniques. Practical IEDD training exercises.
  7. Air Dropped Weapons: Aircraft bombs’ key identifying features. Pistols and fuses, arming & functioning actions. Recognition by classification and role of aircraft bombs, Containers, incendiaries, Sub-munitions & area denial weapons. Fuel air explosives and associated hazards, generic methods of disposal and render safe procedures, including the use of rocket wrench and de-armers.
  8. Use Of Explosives: Generic types of explosives, demolition equipment and accessories, types of initiation methods including destruction by burning. High and low order techniques including bulk demolition procedures. Practical live UXO disposal training at CDS.
  9. Management Of Open Burn Open Detonation (OBOD) Operation: Criteria for selection of disposal sites, disposal site layout. Management and accreditation of central demolition sites, practical demolition site selection exercise. Demolition range SOPs and compiling a demolition order and destruction programme.
  10. Storage, Transportation And Handling Of Explosives: Legislation and regulations for the storage and transportation of explosives. Hazardous materials signage for transportation of explosives and audit of an explosives Storage Facility.
  11. Guided Weapons: GWs classification, component parts recognition & associated safety precautions. GWs role & category detailed identification, reconnaissance procedures. GWs disposal techniques, including liquid propellants and chemical precautions. Practical GW EOD task training.
  12. EOD Chemical Precautions: Identification of chemical ordnance. P.P.E and emergency personnel decontamination station. Types of chemical detection equipment, implementation of downwind hazards and chemical mitigation measures.
  13. Battle Area Clearance: BAC reconnaissance, setting out procedures & clearance methods. Visual, shallow & deep instrument search techniques with practical demonstration & exercises. BAC planning, man/day calculations, operational documentation, practical BAC planning & report writing exercise.
  14. Detection: Intro to detection technologies and systems used for EOD operations. Mine-detector variants, bomb locators and large-loop operators training syllabus.
  15. Movement Of Explosive Ordnance: Movement of explosive ordnance, including hook and line pulling equipment and pulling techniques, bomb lifting and recovery equipment and techniques.
  16. Intro To Underwater UXO: Intro to naval weapon systems, Identification features of sea mines, torpedoes, limpet mines and depth charges, fusing types and methods of operation. Reconnaissance procedures and disposal options.
  17. EOD Search Operations: Introduction to search principles and procedures, search task planning. Building and vehicle search procedures. Search equipment and use of explosive detection dogs. Practical search training exercises.
  18. EOD Project Management: EOD SOP reviewing and writing. Technical input for project proposals. Compiling technical training programmes, intro to EOD project work-plans and progress reporting.


Confirmatory Exercises & Formal Tests

  • UXO identification test, (LSA, GWs, ADWs and sub-munitions).
  • Central demolition site selection exercise, including writing range procedures and destruction programme assessments.
  • Booby trap clearance assessments.
  • EOD & IED practical disposal assessments (live disposal training at CDS).
  • Initiation method fault finding test, (electric & non-electric).
  • Storage, transportation and handling of explosives practical exercise (Audit of explosives storage facility).
  • EOD chemical precautions practical exercise.
  • EOD search exercise of Buildings and vehicles.
  • EOD practical task management assessments.
  • Students will have to plan, manage and conduct a series of EOD, IED, and booby trap task scenarios as the EOD operator in command of an EOD team.
  • Final theoretical exam, (written open book exam).