In the Commonwealth of Virginia, anyone who uses explosives or supervises the loading or firing of explosives, must be certified as either a “restricted” or “unrestricted” blaster as part of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC). The Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) processes all certification applicants for compliance with Section 27-97.2 of the Code of Virginia and is the sole provider of blaster certifications.
You MUST BE
ready to test when you register. Be sure you have visited the VA State Fire Marshal's site prior to registering for your exam. You need to be sure you have reviewed the Candidate Information Bullentin (CIB) under Publications or click on this link, https://www.vafire.com/state-fire-marshals-office/permits/explosives/
. The references listed in the CIB are to be used in preparation for the exam and may be printed. Pay close attention to the Test Center Regulations listed on page 3 of the CIB.
The SFMO is working in concert with the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) to conduct its certification examinations. Your exam will be given by computer. If you are an out-of-state candidate, or your drive time exceeds two (2) hours to a CCWA location, other testing locaiton arrangements will be determined based your location.