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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.

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

March 23 and 24, 2017
LIMITED EXAM

Cambria District Mining Office
814-472-1900
Directions to Cambria DMO

March 30 and 31, 2017 - Exam Full (no longer accepting applications)
LIMITED EXAM

New Stanton District Mining Office
724-925-5500
Directions to New Stanton DMO

May 3, 4 and 5, 2017
NO LIMITED EXAM

Cambria District Mining Office
814-472-1900
Directions to Cambria DMO

Please Note: If the number of students registered is low, DEP reserves the right to cancel the class.

Please submit a completed application to the address below 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.

Seating may be limited. Applications may be returned or scheduled for a later session upon reaching seating capacity.

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

The street address for overnight mail is:

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

A completed application includes:

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

Each presentation will consist of two 8-hour days of training, to include, but 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.

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 90%
Surface Mining 80%
Trenching and Construction 80%
Limited 80%

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.

Download Application for Blaster Training & Examination

Continuing Education Providers and Courses:

Blaster Continuing Education Courses for 2016

July 20, 2106 Wilkes-Barre, PA
Contact Larry Schneider at (859) 312-0625 or Detsafe@gmail.com
Wilkes-Barre – 2016 Blaster Training Seminar Registration Form

August 5, 2016 – Reading, PA
Contact Dave O'Brien at (610) 970-6950 or betsy.harrison@terra-mechanics.com by July 29, 2016.
Reading, PA – 2016 Blasters Training Session Registration Form