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Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear Course
An Introductory Course

Funded by the European Union

 CBRN Course

This course, which was developed by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies under the overall administration of UNICRI and within the scope of the European Union’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE), seeks to raise awareness of the threat posed by chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) materials. It provides mid-to-senior level officials with responsibilities in CBRN detection, response and mitigation (including border control, customs agencies, and law enforcement officers) with the technical knowledge necessary for the development of appropriate policies in these fields. It is expected that this comprehensive and unrestricted learning tool will contribute to raise awareness of CBRN risk mitigation. It may also serve as a valuable source for educating other audiences, such as civil society and the private sector on CBRN threats and risk mitigation strategies.

The course consists of seven training modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to CBRN and chemical weapons
  • Module 2: Nuclear and radiological weapons
  • Module 3: Bio-hazards – Natural and deliberately caused diseases
  • Module 4: Bio-security and bio-safety – Preventing biological warfare and terrorism •
  • Module 5: Strategic trade controls and CBRN
  • Module 6: CBRN risk assessment and management
  • Module 7: Identifying an event: Case study and analysis

The course material has been designed in accordance with recognized best practices in adult and on-line pedagogy and exploits innovations in information technology and social networking, including interactive exercises, dynamic media, video presentations, additional references and resources, and links to related information and on-line courses. It is available in English, Arabic and French.

The course is currently available in CD format. Please write to, in case you are interested in receiving a free copy and completing the training.


For more information about the CBRN CoE Initiative:

CBRN Centres of Excellence website

European Commission, Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace website

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