New Zealand Certificate in Blasting

Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology

Subject area

Mining and Resources Engineering


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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.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

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

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Process and Resources Engineering at this level can earn:


Median earnings one year after study


Median earnings two years after study


Median earnings five years after study

Status one year after study

Employment rate two years after study

Not Available

Data as at November 2022

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Fax: (04) 494 0006

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