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Attend this Masterclass and gain from a comprehensive survey and analysis of the current military and civilian IED threat and counter-IED methods, technologies and training, and learning from past and present operations.

Benefits of attending the workshop:

Upon completion of this Masterclass, through a combination of presentations, discussions and interactive learning, you will:

  • Acquire an understanding of the current IED and explosives threat in civilian and military settings and receive an insight into the current capabilities of counter-IED methods, bomb disposal techniques and technologies
  • Span the whole field of IEDs and Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD), with historic and current examples of EOD operations, including lessons learned from previous campaigns and current operations, most notably in Afghanistan
  • Discuss counter-IED methods and receive an insight into current capabilities and the difficulties involved
  • Learn from extremely experienced lecturers with international reputations

Don't Miss the Opportunity to Network With Attendees Including:

  • UK 8 Force Engineers Brigade
  • UK Ministry of Defence
  • EADS Defence & Security
  • Kratos Enterprises
  • GmbH
  • EADS Astrium

....And many more

About your master class leaders:

Andy Oppenheimer

Specialist in CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Weapons and Explosives)

  • Former Editor of Jane’s Nuclear, Biological Defence & Editor of NBC International
  • 10+ years as a defence analyst specialising in CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) weapons and explosives, counterterrorism, homeland security
  • Focusing on weapons proliferation, country risk assessments, business continuity, critical infrastructure protection, defence policy and issues
  • Specialist in the operations and expertise of the IRA
  • Author of IRA: The Bombs and the Bullets, A History of Deadly Ingenuity (Irish Academic Press, 2008)
  • Author of hundreds of articles for Jane’s Information Group publications and other specialist journals worldwide
  • Consultancy reports for government and private sectors
  • Presentations at conferences, workshops and professional seminars
  • Conference organiser and former Chairman of the NBC International Annual Conferences
  • 30+ years as a scientific commissioning editor, administrator and writer
  • Proven ability to analyse and communicate CBRNE topics - from overviews
    and threat analyses to more highly technical material - to any audience


Richard Warnes

Analyst in Defence and Security at RAND Europe

  • Specialises in terrorism, insurgency and security and domestic intelligence structures
  • Nine years in the Metropolitan Police in Specialist Operations and counter-terrorism and security
  • British Army service included operational tour of Bosnia 1995-6
  • 2006 – Present  Fellow, Airey Neave Trust
  • 2002 - Present Fellow, Bramshill National Police Staff College

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Masterclass programme

12:30 Registration & Coffee

13:00 A Brief Introduction to IEDs

13:30 Dealing with the Military IED Threat

14:30 Video and Visible Demonstrations of Explosives Ordnance Disposal

14:45 Afternoon Tea

15:00 Dealing with the Civilian IED threat

15:45 Robotic and other C-IED technologies, including surveillance and intelligence

16:30 Discussion and Questions

17:00 End of Masterclass


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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