Short Courses and Conferences

Practical Explosive Training School

February 23-24, 2015

Course Description

The Practical Explosive Training course ranges from basic introduction to advanced explosive use. The course is designed to teach proper methods of explosive storage, handling, and use in the State of Colorado.  Each session of the course contains a total of 16 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction. The course is designed for new state explosive permit applicants and for current permit-holders seeking renewal.

Each session has two components: an 8 hour classroom regulatory component and an 8 hour practical hands-on component.  The regulatory component is designed as an overview of the current explosive regulations for the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATFE) and the State of Colorado's Division of Oil and Public Safety. Compliance with the regulations of both agencies is a requirement for legal use of explosives in Colorado.  This section will discuss regulations governing the use, manufacture, possession, sale, storage, transport, or disposal of explosives materials or blasting agents in the interest of the blasters and the general public, as well as the protection of property.

The practical hands-on component at the Colorado School of Mines' Explosive Research Laboratory (ERL) test site will cover storage requirements and blasting reports. Also, this section will be specifically tailored to examine the current correct industrial practices for explosive handling and use in Colorado and the United States.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for all classifications of Type 1 applicants: Special Use, Transporter, Geophysical Exploration, Avalanche Control, Construction Limited, and Construction.

Upon Completion...

After successfully finishing this course, each participant will obtain a State-approved certificate for 16 hours of continuing education.  This is the amount required over the three-year period prior to permit renewal for Type I permit holders.

Course Topics and Agenda

A list of the topics covered and the course agenda are available. Learn more...


The first day of the session (classroom regulatory component) will be held on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.

The second day (hands-on component) will be held at the Colorado School of Mines' Explosive Research Laboratory in Idaho Springs, Colorado.

More information about the locations for the course, including maps, is available. Learn more...

Fees and Registration

Registration for all sessions is open now. Learn more...

Travel and Accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.

Further Technical Information

For more information about the course content, please contact:

Dr. Vilem Petr
Research Associates Professor and Technical Director of AXPRO Group
Phone: 303.273.3222

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