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Blasting Competency Scheme Overview

Blasting Operations are potentially one of the most hazardous roles within a quarrying environment. The Quarry Regulations (1999) recognised this and MPQC have worked with the industry to develop a robust system that enables individuals to gain the essential knowledge and skills resulting in a nationally recognised qualification, as well as providing access to appropriate CPD provision.

The Blasting Competency Scheme comprises of:

Step 1 - Vocational Qualifications (VQ)

Learners must undertake a relevant Vocational Qualification. There are a number of relevant Vocational Qualifications covering the following areas:

    • Shotfiring
    • Blast Design
    • Profiling
    • Storage
    • Explosive Supervision
    • Bulk Explosive Truck Operations
    • Drilling

A Vocational Qualification confirms competence as these qualifications are assessed on-site under normal working conditions. On achievement of a VQ a Blasting Operations Card will be issued. These cards have an expiry date of 5 years. 

Please contact Ruth Swaby on 0115 972 6121 for details of our Vocational Qualifications. 

Step 2 - Blasting Audits

Prior to the Blasting Operations Card expiry date, an on-site Blasting Audit must be conducted to demonstrate on-going professional competence. The audit is conducted by one of MPQC's approved Blasting Auditors.


Examinations are provided by MPQC and are only available via one of our MPQC Approved Training Providers.

A list of Approved Training Providers is available from MPQC. 

Download the flowchart on the right-hand side to view a visual representation of the process.

For further information on any aspect of the Blasting Competency Scheme, please contact the Administrator on 0115 972 6121 or info@mpawards.co.uk