In B.C., anyone working as a blaster must have a current blasting certificate issued by WorkSafeBC. Any blasting work performed must be covered under the certificate.
Certificates must be valid and up-to-date. Certificates issued by WorkSafeBC will expire on the same date as the out-of-province certificate. Certificates with no expiry date are acceptable; however, certificates issued by WorkSafeBC will only be valid for a maximum of five years.
Where to get certified
To become certified, blasters in B.C. must provide a document supporting their practical competency and pass an oral and written exam. Blasting exams take place at WorkSafeBC offices across the province. You must register and pre-pay for your exam. You can find exam dates, cost, and registration information in the blasting examination schedule.
Other blasting certificates
Other jurisdictions in B.C. also issue blasting certificates:
- For information on certification for mining operations, contact the Ministry of Energy and Mines and Responsible for Code Review Branch.
- For information on licencing in pyrotechnics or fireworks, contact Natural Resources Canada at 604.666.0366.
- For information on Avalanche Control Blasting, contact the Canadian Avalanche Association.
- For information about blasting specific to the oil and gas industry, see Oilwell Perforators Safety Training and Seismic Blaster Safety Training.
Blasting certificates from other Canadian jurisdictions
WorkSafeBC recognizes blasting certificates from other Canadian jurisdictions. Blasters with out-of-province certificates can be issued a WorkSafeBC blasting certificate if they meet the following criteria:
- Certificates must be valid and up to date. Certificates issued by WorkSafeBC will expire on the same date as the out-of-province certificate. Certificates with no expiry date are acceptable; however, certificates issued by WorkSafeBC will only be valid for up to five years and may be endorsed with any restriction that WorkSafeBC deems necessary.
- The out-of-jurisdiction blasting certificate must have been issued by a Canadian government body or regulatory agency.
- The out-of-jurisdiction blasting certificate is required to perform blasting operations in the issuing province or territory.
- The scope of activities covered by the out-of-province blasting certificate are similar to the blasting codes recognized by WorkSafeBC's blasting certificate.
More information can be found in the Jurisprudence Package for Out-of-Jurisdiction Blasting Certificates.