- Professional qualification
- Public service
Rock blasting work can be performed by a person with a valid charger’s certificate who is registered in the charger’s certificate register.
Chargers’ certificates include a pyrotechnician’s certificate, a junior charger’s certificate, a senior charger’s certificate, a chief charger’s certificate and a blasting coordinator’s certificate.
You can apply for a charger’s certificate from the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland.
Do the following
Apply for a charger’s certificate in writing using the application form. Make sure to mention the qualification category you are applying for, the applicant’s official names, the full personal identity code, and address and contact details in your application. The application must be signed by the applicant.
Attach a medical certificate, up to three months old, of a health examination performed for working as a charger as well as a concise security clearance form to the application. In addition, attach employment certificates from at least two employers or contractors of blasting and excavation work, copy of the course certificate required for the certificate of competency, a certificate of interview that is up to two years old and two official passport photographs.
Attach the following documents to your application:
- medical certificate (original, T form recommended) issued no more than three months before the certificate application. The medical certificate must state that the health examination has been carried out for working as a charger.
- course certificate (copy) of passing the course required for the certificate
- certificate (copy) of the interview required for the certificate of competency that is no older than two years
- certificates of employment or certificates (original) of experience in blasting and excavation work required for the certificate of competency from the employer or contractor of blasting and excavation work (at least two).
- concise security clearance form (original)
- two official passport photographs for the permit card.
To whom and on what terms
The certificate can be issued to a person aged 20 or over for five years at a time, and it expires when they reach the age of 68.
In order to obtain the certificate, the person must complete the charger’s training course and related interview, as well as have sufficient work experience. The length of the course and work experience depends on the applied certificate.
The applicant must also be fit for the work in health and otherwise. As the chargers have the right to handle and use explosives, the applicant must also attach a concise security clearance form, completed and signed, to their application submitted to the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland.
For special reasons in individual cases, the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland can grant the right to act as a charger to a person aged over 68 as well as a person who has received their qualifications abroad. The exceptional permit can be granted for a specific work site or for a limited period of time. The duration of validity of the exceptional permit is determined by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland.
A fee is charged for the service.
A fee of €378 is charged for processing the permit application. The charger’s certificate is a personal document, so the invoice is addressed to the permit holder personally and always delivered to their home address.
The charterer’s certificate must be renewed within the validity of the old licence. The permit must be valid before work is started. The interview may not be more than two years old.
The processing time of the permit application is 30 days after the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland has received all the required documents.
Period of validity
The charger’s certificate is valid for five years. You can extend the period of validity by five years with an application submitted during its period of validity once you have completed a refresher course. The period of validity of the exceptional permit is determined by the licensing authority.