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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

CANCELLED - The Limited Class scheduled for September 14 and 15, 2017 in the Cambria District Mining Office has been cancelled due to low registration. Please contact our office at 717-783-9592 with any questions or concerns.

September 27, 28 and 29, 2017

Cambria District Mining Office
Directions to Cambria DMO


Download Application for Blaster Training & Examination

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 including a detailed description of the type of blasting performed
  • 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 80%
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.

Continuing Education Providers and Courses:

Blaster Continuing Education Courses for 2017