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OSMRE Blaster Application

Form OSMRE-74 is the Application for an OSMRE Blaster Certificate in Federal Program States and on Indian lands under Federal jurisdiction. A fee must be submitted with the application as specified at 30 CFR 955.13. A check or money order must be made payable to “The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement”.

The applicant must document blasting related training and experience, and demonstrate a pattern of conduct consistent with the acceptance of responsibility for blasting operations. OSMRE will verify training and experience information in the application. The pattern of conduct criteria is met if the applicant has been deemed an Employee Possessor or Responsible Party by the Bureau Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The applicant must be 21 years of age to become certified. Four types of certificates are available:

  • Issued – Applicant passes the OSMRE Blaster Certificate Examination for the first time, good for 3 years;
  • Renewal – 3 years after issuance, the blaster may renew the certificate for an additional 3 years;
  • Re-issued – 6 years after issuance, the blaster must retake the OSMRE Blaster Certificate Examination; and
  • Reciprocity - An OSMRE Certificate is granted to a blaster holding a valid blaster certificate from an acceptable state program.

For both issued and reissued certificates, the blaster must take and pass the OSMRE examination. Effectively the blaster must retest every 6 years. Renewal is granted at the midterm of the six year testing interval. By retesting every 6 years the applicant must stay abreast of changes in blasting products, blast design procedures, monitoring tools, regulatory requirements and other changes in the blasting industry through continuing education venues or on-the-job training.

A reciprocity certificate may be issued to anyone with a certificate from a state with an OSMRE approved regulatory program. Quite often the applicant is from a state adjacent to a Federal program area and simply needs a certificate for temporary blasting work. Others may not want to take the more rigorous examination that covers national blasting applications and prefer to test on only local conditions. In either event, the knowledge, experience, training and testing requirements are deemed satisfied by virtue of having a state issued certificate. However, a reciprocal OSMRE certificate is contingent upon successful maintenance of the state certificate. If the state certificate expires, is suspended or is revoked, OSMRE must take commensurate action on the OSMRE certificate

Page Last Modified/Reviewed: 5/19/17

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