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Surface Blaster
About 2 years
Red Seal

Surface blasters handle, store, and transport explosives at a variety of construction sites. They hook up and fire explosives, plan blast patterns, handle misfires, dispose of unwanted explosives, supervise blasting helpers, and secure the area of the blast.
Driller / Blaster

Certification Requirements
  • The Surface Blaster apprenticeship consists of 2,240 hours of on-the-job training.
  • Apprentices must also complete two 6-week sessions (360 hours) of in-class technical training.
  • Once you have successfully completed the apprenticeship requirements, you receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship and are considered a journeyperson candidate. If you choose to challenge the Certificate of Qualification exam and pass, you become certified as a journeyperson in the trade.
  • A person with at least 2,600 hours of related work experience is eligible to apply for a Trade Equivalency Assessment (TEA) and challenge the Certificate of Qualification exam to become certified as a journeyperson in this trade.

Educational Prerequisites
Grade 12 or equivalent.

In-Class Training
Please contact your local apprenticeship office for information on the availability of technical training for this program.