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Blasting Training

Training and Certification for New Blasters' License

This program applies to individuals who are interested in initially securing a blaster's license for surface operations or for adding an additional classification to an existing surface license.

TRAINING AND EXAM DATES AND LOCATION

The Limited Class is for the PA Limited Blaster’s License only and the General Class is for all other types of PA Blaster’s Licenses.

LIMITED CLASS – NOVEMBER 30 & DECEMBER 1, 2017

Location – New Stanton District Mining Office
Directions to New Stanton District Mining Office

GENERAL CLASS – DECEMBER 13,14 & 15, 2017

Location – Cambria Deep Mine Safety Office
Directions to Cambria Deep Mine Safety Office

Please Note: For information regarding the training courses or the examinations please contact DEP at 717-783-9592. Contact the exam site for directions to the site only.

APPLICATIONS

Download Application for Blaster Training & Examination (PDF)

A completed application includes:

  • A notarized application
  • Notarized letter verifying at least one year of experience under a licensed blaster including a detailed description of the type of blasting performed
  • A $100 check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Please submit a completed application no later than two weeks prior to the examination date. Late applications will be scheduled for the next available session. Applications the day of the session will not be accepted.

Mailing Address:

Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Mining Programs
Division of Permitting and Compliance
P.O. Box 8461
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8461

Street address for overnight mail:

Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Mining Programs
Division of Permitting and Compliance
Attn: Rick Lamkie
400 Market St., 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17105

Please Note: Seating may be limited. Applications may be returned or scheduled for a later session upon reaching seating capacity. If the number of students registered is low, DEP reserves the right to cancel the class

CLASSES

Download Blaster Training Manual (PDF)

The Limited License Class presentation consists of one 8-hour training day and the General License Class presentation consists of two 8-hour days of training. The presentations include, but not are not limited to the following:

  • Discussion and clarification of new and existing blasting regulations.
  • Instruction on calculations regarding scaled distance, electric blasting and blast design.
  • Instruction on proper use of seismic instruments.
  • Discussion of various explosive materials, blast initiation systems, and blasting machines.
  • Instruction in the requirement and proper use of forms and reports as required by regulations.

Starting Times:

  • The hours for each training session will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The hours for examination will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
  • Each applicant should bring a scientific calculator, and must bring a photo identification card.
  • Confirmation for each training session will be mailed to each applicant.
Applicants may take a written examination for a blaster's license in any one of the following categories:
Category Minimum Passing Grade
General Blasting 90%
Demolition Blasting 80%
Surface Mining 80%
Trenching and Construction 80%
Limited 80%

RENEWAL OF A CURRENT PA BLASTERS’ LICENSE

Blaster Continuing Education Courses Providers List (PDF)

A Pennsylvania Blasters’ License is renewed every three years. A renewal notice will be mailed to the mailing address on record. Any updates or corrections can be made by contacting DEP at 717-783-9592.

A completed renewal includes:

  • A completed renewal notice
  • A certificate of continued education from an approved provider
  • A current passport sized photo (your photo must be without a head covering, no tinted glasses and with a plain background)
  • A $30 check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

LICENSE PHOTO INFORMATION:

We accept passport size color photos, compact disc photos and electronic format by email. Photos may be sent to RA-EPBMRPHOTO@pa.gov for email delivery. The photo format should be in tiff (.tif), jpeg (.jpg) or bitmap (.bmp). Please use the BL# and full name in the subject line of emailed photos.