Training & Certification
The ERD (Explosives Regulatory Division) has approved a select number of experienced, qualified Trainers to provide the Safety and Legal Awareness Courses and Jim Cammaert, of The Fireworks Factory Inc., is honoured to be one of them. Jim has had over a hundred participants successfully complete his course and we consistently receive feedback about the exceptional quality of his courses.
The local courses we offer are held at Global Training Centre, southwest of Strathmore, AB. However with sufficient interest Jim is available to travel to teach courses onsite courses as well.
Minimum age to attend the course is 18.
There is a test at the end of the course that you must pass to apply for your certification.
The course is required for anyone wanting to work as a Display Fireworks Assistant. This course also covers the certification for AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) and is excellent training for law enforcement officials and fire prevention personnel.
The course fees are:
$100.00 Safety and Legal Awareness Course
With an additional $100.00 ERD Processing fee for the Fireworks Operators Certification (participants will include this with their application after successful completion of course)
Once you have taken the Safety and Legal Awareness course you will receive a certificate of completion, and you will be able to apply to the ERD for your Fireworks Operator Certificate. Please refer to the Using Display Fireworks web pages for further details regarding the various levels of certification.
Using Display Fireworks – Overview
Planning, setting up and firing fireworks affect public safety and thus a degree of apprenticeship is essential before an individual can be certified as a Fireworks Supervisor. Anyone who handles Display Fireworks must be at least a Display Assistant.
In order to upgrade from Display Assistant to Display Supervisor an individual will need to have assisted with a minimum of 3 shows under a Lead Supervisor.
Certification is divided as follows:
1. Display Assistant - can assist and work under the direct supervision of a certified Display Supervisor. Completion of the Display Fireworks Safety and Legal Awareness Course is mandatory prior to certification.
2. Display Supervisor – can act as Lead Supervisor in Charge of displays that use Display Fireworks. Shells used must not be over 155 mm (6”) and the display must be fired from solid ground or ice. They are also responsible for training and supervising of Display Assistants.
3. Display Supervisor with Endorsements - can act as Lead Supervisor in Charge of displays that use the types of effects or fire from various firing locations as specified in the endorsement. They are also responsible for training and supervising of Display Assistants and Display Supervisors.
•Large shells - over 155 mm (6”)
•Floating Platforms Firing
•Rooftop, Bridge and Flatbed Firing
The Fireworks Factory is currently developing an advanced training course, that will allow Display Supervisors to qualify for endorsement certification, further their training in best practices and receive a certificate for Transportation of Dangerous Goods.
Please email: [email protected] to be placed on the notification list for when this course registration opens.
To use Pyrotechnic Special Effects you must be certified by Natural Resources Canada, we do not offer this course, but we highly recommend Pro FX Inc.