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Blaster certification

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:

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 five years.
  • 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.