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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Blasting (Level 4) with strands in Land Operations, Surface (Quarry or Open cast), Underground (Tunnelling or Metalliferous), Underground Coal, and Construction
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 65 - 100
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Process and Resources Engineering » Mining and Resources Engineering
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide industry with shotfirers who have the knowledge and skills to carry out blasting for Land Operations, Surface (Quarry or Open-cast), Underground (Tunnelling or Metalliferous), Underground Coal, or Construction.

Construction blasting excludes building demolition by way of explosion or implosion techniques.

Graduates will have the skills, knowledge and experience required when applying for an Approved Handler's Test Certificate for their particular blasting strand, as set out in the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Personnel Qualifications) Regulations 2001 (Regulation 5). Note however, that further regulatory licensing is also required to possess certain explosives. Specific details are available from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) at www.epa.govt.nz.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Understand and comply with legislation and codes of practice that apply to an approved handler for blasting.
- Use and understand the systems for communications, briefings, and instructions used for blasting.
- Supervise, lead and direct a blast team and ensure the safety of other people throughout all blasting operations.

Graduates of the Land Operations strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of explosives and associated substances used for land operations to design blasting layouts and blast plans.
- Carry out blasting and post-blast procedures for land operations as specified in the blast plan.

Graduates of the Surface (Quarry or Open cast) strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of explosives and associated substances used for surface (quarry or open-cast) operations to design blasting layouts and blast plans.
- Carry out blasting and post-blast procedures for surface (quarry or open-cast) operations as specified in the blast plan.

Graduates of the Underground (Tunnelling or Metalliferous) strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of explosives and associated substances used for underground (tunnelling or metalliferous) operations to design blasting layouts and blast plans.
- Carry out blasting and post-blast procedures for underground (tunnelling or metalliferous) operations as specified in the blast plan.

Graduates of the Underground Coal strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of explosives and associated substances used for underground coal operations to design blasting layouts and blast plans.
- Carry out blasting and post-blast procedures for underground coal operations as specified in the blast plan.

Graduates of the Construction strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of explosives and associated substances used for construction operations to design blasting layouts and blast plans.
- Carry out blasting and post-blast procedures for construction operations as specified in the blast plan.
Education pathways
This is a stand-alone qualification covering the skills and knowledge required for blasting in specific contexts.

Graduates may choose to undertake higher level qualifications relevant to their industry.
Entry Requirements
Please note that graduates of this qualification who wish to apply for a Controlled Substances Licence to possess Class 1 substances, will be required to pass a Fit and Proper Person check by the New Zealand Police. It is recommended that a "fit and proper person check" is a prerequisite to entry to a programme of study or industry training programme leading to this qualification.
Education Organisation 2 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Hanga-Aro-Rau Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2424
Status Current
Created December 2014
Next Review December 2022

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