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.
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. You may schedule your examination by calling CCWA (804) 523.2292 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an out-of-state candidate, or your drive time exceeds two (2) hours to a CCWA location, prior special arrangements may be arranged to test at a collge in close proximity to your home. This is based on each respective college's availability.