Blasting Operations are one of the most hazardous roles within a quarrying environment. The Quarry Regulations (1999) recognised this and MPQC have worked with the industry to devlop a robust system that enables individuals to gain the essential knowledge and skills resulting in a nationally recognised qualification, as well as providing access to appropriate CPD provision.
Learners must undertake a relevant Vocational Qualification. There are a number of relevant Vocational Qualifications covering the following areas:
- Blast Design
- Explosive Supervision
- Bulk Explosive Truck Operations
A Vocational Qualification confirms competence as these qualifications are assessed on-site under normal working conditions. On achievement of a VQ a Blasting Operations Card will be issued. These cards have an expiry date of 5 years.
Blasting Audits and Examinations
Prior to the Blasting Operations Card expiry date, an on-site Blasting Audit must be conducted to demonstrate ongoing professional competence. The audit is conducted by one of MPQC’s approved Blasting Auditors
Examinations are provided by MPQC and are only available via one of our MPQC Approved Training Providers who offer access to the examination/s as part of any Accredited course.
Resources – Blasting Booklets
We offer a set of 6 booklets that are designed to provide Operators with essential guidance. The full set is available for £50 by contacting the below number or email address.