Course Summary
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13 weeks (552 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 terrorism and counter-terrorism studies
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 introduction to criminal justice
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 plant pathology
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 general entomology
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 homeland security
This course is recommended for 12 semester hours in the lower-division degree category and 3 semester hours in the upper-division degree category.


The course objective is to provide training specific to defending the health of American agriculture in addition to supporting the CBP priority mission to protect America and the American people by preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States while at the same time facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel.

Learning Outcomes:

  • make accurate decisions regarding agricultural imports
  • effectively identifying pests associated with regulated items
  • communicating effectively with the traveling public; and align actions with the CBP mission.
  • Effectively identifying pests associated with regulated items
  • Align actions with the CBP mission
  • Align actions with the CBP mission
  • Make accurate decisions regarding agricultural imports
  • Communicating effectively with the traveling public
  • Make accurate decisions regarding agricultural imports
  • Communicating effectively with the traveling public
  • Effectively identifying pests associated with regulated items

General Course Topics:

  • Plant pathology
  • Seed identification
  • Introduction to lucid keys
  • General taxonomic entomology
  • Malacology
  • Acarology
  • Diptera
  • Isoptera
  • Thysanoptera
  • Hymenoptera
  • BOMP (blattaria, orthoptera, mantodea, phasmatodea)
  • Lepidoptera
  • Hemiptera
  • Coleoptera adults
  • Coleoptera immatures
  • Pest interception
  • Introduction to regulatory decision making
  • AG bioterrorism
  • K9
  • Fish and wildlife services
  • Investigative and enforcement services
  • Introduction to emergency programs
  • MAC manual for agricultural clearance
  • Monitoring and quality assurance
  • Nonpropagative plant imports
  • Plants for planting
  • Animal product manual
  • Tapoe
  • Cites
  • Overview of export
  • APTL
  • FSIS
  • SITC
  • Handling biological agents and vectors
  • CBP history, mission and core values
  • CBP use of force continuum
  • Introduction to physical techniques
  • Drill and ceremony
  • Introduction to body armor
  • Anti-corruption and integrity reinforcement
  • Seizures and use of force, constitutional requirements, and policy considerations
  • Community first aid and safety
  • Anti-terrorism overview
  • Introduction to law enforcement professionalism
  • Control tactics
  • Active threat response tactics
  • Tactical medical
  • CBP personal safety and protection
  • Lifestyle management
  • Hazardous materials
  • Analyzing documents
  • Interviewing in law enforcement
  • Personal search for agriculture specialists
  • Personal concealment
  • Document lab techs
  • Observational techniques
  • Prohibited and restricted merchandise
  • Introduction to radiation detection
  • Passenger declarations
  • Examining merchandise
  • Conveyance processing and examination
  • Examining luggage and personal items
  • Evidence preservation
  • Introduction to report writing
  • Introduction to FP&F
  • Rapiscan training
  • Combined secondary inspection system
  • Trade processing overview
  • Automated training systems
  • Anti-terrorism, risk targeting, and trade
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials