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.



A worker 18 years of age or older can qualify to apply for a blaster’s permit by meeting one of the following 3 requirements:

  • completed an approved explosive’s training course, or
  • has 6 months’ experience as a blaster or blaster’s assistant and their employer’s recommendation, or
  • has an equivalency permit from another Canadian jurisdiction

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


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.


  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.

Note: If paying by cheque, you’ll need to mail the application.

Alberta Labour
Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Legislation
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Edmonton AB T5K 0G5

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
Modified: 2017-09-07
PID: 13590

Contact OHS

1-866-415-8690 (toll-free)
780-415-8690 (Edmonton)

TTY: 780-427-9999 (Edmonton)
TTY: 1-800-232-7215

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