Non-mining blaster's permit

Non-mining blaster's permit

In Alberta, any worker who handles, prepares, fires, burns or destroys an explosive must hold a valid government-approved permit.

 

Announcement of Changes to the Administration of the Non-Mining Blasters Permitting Program

Effective November 15, 2017 there will be some changes to the administration of the Non-Mining Blasting permitting process.

The non-mining blasting permit application form has been updated and all permit payments will be routed through the Government of Alberta’s MyAlberta e-Services platform, found at the following link: https://eservices.alberta.ca/non-mining-blasters-permits.html

In addition to these changes, the department will be requiring all applicants looking to receive a new permit or renewing their previously issued permit to submit a photocopy of a secondary piece of government photo identification along with their permit application, so that the applicant’s identity can be confirmed.

The administration of the non-mining blasting permitting program is currently being reviewed and subsequent changes may occur.

Overview

Eligibility

A worker 18 years of age or older can qualify to apply for a blaster’s permit by meeting at least one of the following four criteria:

  • has successfully completed an approved explosive’s training course, or
  • has qualifications acceptable to the Director of Inspection, or
  • has written proof of six (6) months experience within last 36 months as a blaster or blaster’s assistant in the type(s) of blasting operation and employer’s endorsement, or
  • has a valid blaster permit from another Canadian jurisdiction for the comparable type(s) of blasting operation

Equivalency permits

Alberta recognizes similar certifications from other Canadian jurisdictions. Certified blasters from other provinces are required to obtain an equivalent Alberta Blaster’s Permit.

Permit expiry date

  • a blaster’s permit is issued for a maximum of 5 years
  • a Director of Inspection may issue a permit for less than 5 years; this is determined on a case-by-case basis
  • for equivalency permits, the expiry date will stay the same as the date on the original permit

Fees

Normal processing: $50
Permit is issued within 5 working days after the Director of Inspection approves your application.

Rushed processing: $75
Permit is issued within 24 hours after the Director of Inspection approves your application.

How to apply

Step 1. Fill out application

Use the instructions on the application form.

Non-Mining Blaster’s Permit Application (PDF, 550 KB)

To fill out form:

  1. Fill out the form online, then save a copy to your computer. Print and sign the completed form. Validate your printed form. Scan the signed form if sending by email.

OR

  1. Print form and fill out by hand, then sign. Validate your printed application form.

Note: Blaster’s permits are now issued with the picture of the applicant. This means applicants are required to submit high-resolution photos with their applications.

Step 2. Submit application

Send in your completed form, with supporting documents and application fee, by mail or email.

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Step 3. After you apply

  • the Director of Inspection will review your application to ensure it meets requirements
  • the Director may contact you for additional information or documents
  • if your application is approved, your blaster’s permit will be mailed to your personal address as entered on the application form
  • you must carry your blaster’s permit at all times while working
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Modified: 2017-11-17
PID: 13590

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