Specialist Training

EPE can provide a wide variety of Training & Consultancy services to meet the needs of our customers in Australia and the Asia Pacific area.  We have extensive experience of delivering Counter IED and EOD related training to the Australian Defence Force and other specialist agencies as bespoke individual courses to small teams or as part of an extended program of training.  Our team of highly experienced trainers are ex members of the ADF, NZDF or British Army and all have extensive knowledge of Counter IED and EOD procedures.  While we can deliver off the shelf courses we do prefer to work closely with our customers to provide training packages that reflect their specific needs and their equipment.   Our courses can be delivered at the customer’s own location or at the EPE offices based in Brisbane Australia.

EPE successfully delivers contracts such as:

  • Basic EOD Training for the Australian Defence Force
  • Explosive Detection Dog Training (dogs and handlers) for the Australian Defence Force
  • Counter IED Search Training for the Defence Force and Constabulary in Papua New Guinea
  • Advanced IED Disposal training for key EOD units within the Australian Defence Force
  • Counter Suicide Bomber and Hostage Rescue training for an Australian Federal Police Unit
  • Blow in Place EOD training for Australian Defence Force High Risk Search teams

Training & Consultancy Team Skills and Experience:

All members of the team have extensive operational experience in Counter IED activities including IED Disposal, Weapons Technical Intelligence (at various levels) and specialist search (including high risk search operations). Several of the team have served as Counter IED trainers at military training units in Australia, New Zealand or the UK. All team members have extensive CBRN knowledge and experience and hold a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.

Current EPE Training Courses:

Basic IED Disposal Training Course

Duration: 20 days

Course Outline:  This course trains suitable individuals to carry out the duties of an IED Disposal Operator working in a low threat (domestic) environment.

Recommended Student Numbers: 4 to 8

Subjects Covered: IEDD Philosophy, IED Construction, IED SOP, Conduct of an IED Task, Use of Remote Equipment, Manual Equipment, Use of X-Ray, Manual Skills, Vehicle Clearance, Use of ECM, Post Blast Investigation, Forensic Handling and IEDD Report Writing.

Advanced IED Disposal Training Course

Duration: 10 days

Course Outline:  This course trains already trained IED Disposal Operators to enable them to meet the challenges of high threat operations.

Recommended Student Numbers: 2 to 6

Subjects Covered: Requirements for Manual Access Render Safe (MARS), Initial Actions, Device Stabilisation, External Diagnostics (including the use of X-Ray), Device Access Techniques, Internal Diagnostics and Render Safe Techniques and Management of a Category A Task.

Blow in Place Course

Duration: 10 days

Course Outline:  This course trains suitable high risk search trained individuals to carry out Blow in Place activities in order to render safe IED located during search operations in high threat environment.

Recommended Student Numbers: 4 to 12

Subjects Covered: Make up of an IED, BIP Standard Operating Procedures (including referral process), Safety Distance Calculations, Identification and Excavation techniques, Charge Placement and Final Clearance Requirements.

Bomb Search Courses

Duration: Varies depending on client’s requirements and level of search training.

Course Outline:  EPE can deliver various levels of Bomb Search training from the Basic level to the Search Commander level.

Recommended Student Numbers: 4 to 12 depending on level of training given

Subjects Covered: Make Up of an IED, Search Equipment, Role of Supporting Agencies, Search Planning and Coordination, Actions on Finding a Suspect Item, Search Reporting Templates.

Maintenance Training

The EPE maintenance team has designed and continues to deliver maintenance packages to technical staff within the ADF. The training has seen an incremental rise in equipment availability and user knowledge. Maintenance training includes:

  • Talon ROV maintenance training,
  • Dragon Runner ROV maintenance training, and
  • Maintenance training is deliverd by Cert IV qualified staff in training and assesment.

For more information about our Maintenance Training, please contact directly Grant Philips, Maintenance Manager at EPE.