Certificates as a restricted blaster, unrestricted blaster or pyrotechnician will be issued upon proof of successful completion of an examination approved by the SFMO commensurate to the certification sought and completion of a background investigation for compliance with Section 27-97.2 of the Code of Virginia. The applicant for certification shall submit proof to the SFMO of the following experience:
- For certification as a restricted blaster, at least 1 year under direct supervision by a certified unrestricted blaster, certified restricted blaster or other person(s) approved by the SFMO.
- For certification as an unrestricted blaster, at least 1 year under direct supervision by a certified unrestricted blaster or other person or persons approved by the SFMO.
- For certification as a pyrotechnician, aerial, or pyrotechnician, proximate, applicant was in responsible charge of or has assisted in the documented design, setup and conducting of a fireworks display on at least six occasions within the 24 months immediately preceding the application for certification.
Exception: The use of explosives by the owner of real estate parcels of 5 or more acres conforming to the definition of "real estate devoted to agricultural use" or "real estate devoted to horticultural use" in Section 58.1-3230 of the Code of Virginia when blasting on such real estate.