Critical Skills Challenge

Training, Competition, & Emerging Technology Event

Top Bomb Tech Competition

Only 2 People Per Agency / Squad allowed

Live Demonstrations & Technology Event

Overall and Daily Awards


Join us in Orlando to compete in the 5th Annual Critical Skills Challenge

The United States Bomb Technician Association (USBTA), and the Orange County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad are proud to announce the annual Critical Skills Challenge. This event is a competition that brings together military and public safety bomb technicians to test their knowledge, skills, and abilities while using a variety of tools and equipment.

What are the critical skills that will be tested? Scroll down to see the critical skills.

The top three bomb technicians will have the opportunity to be recognized by Congress in Washington DC by the EOD Caucus in Spring of 2024. Those who wish to observe and participate in the trade show can also register on the USBTA website.

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Join the Emerging Technology Event

This three (3) day emerging technology event give bomb technicians the opportunity to see the latest bomb disposal equipment, but rather than observe the equipment as a static display, you will have the opportunity to actually go hands-on and test the equipment under controlled (range) conditions.

What are the Critical Skills that will be tested?



Precision Disruption

X-Ray Interpretation

Hand Entry (Cat A)


Homemade Explosive Identification

Written General Bomb Technician Knowledge Test

Detonator Diagnostics

Operating in a Bomb Suit


Industry Partners join the USBTA’s Emerging Technology Event in beautiful Orlando, Florida. This 3 day event will take place in conjunction with the Critical Skills Challenge. You will have the opportunity to showcase your latest products with live demonstrations. There will be Bomb Technicians, Federal and DOD personnel from around the country attending. 


Test your knowledge and skills against other bomb technicians from across the country.


Complete this 4 day training event taught by Industry, public safety, and military instructors.

Emerging Technology

Come out and watch live demonstrations on the latest technology.

The USBTA Annual Critical Skills Challenge & Emerging Technology Event is FREE For Members. Get registered today and we will see you in Florida!