Explosives Expert









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What is an Explosive Expert?

An Explosive Expert is responsible for all aspects of working with dangerous explosives.

Explosives Experts are usually found in many industries – for example:

  • Commercial Sector

explosive materials used in engineering and mining  

  • Public Sector

for demolition: eg holes and channels for mines, swimming pool construction and general excavation 

  • Military

to advise on explosives manufacturing and applications

What does an Explosive Expert do?

  • researches and locates detonation sites
  • handles, transports and stores explosive devices and materials safely
  • chooses the best blasting materials
  • plans and executes explosions
  • detonates and analyses explosives
  • works on special FX on movies and television production sets
  • obeys all safety precautions, rules and regulations
  • develops new explosives

Are you . . . ?

  • fascinated about blowing up things?
  • extremely accurate and careful?
  • responsible?
  • safety conscious?
  • detail orientated?
  • good under pressure?

How do I become an Explosive Expert?


Offers a 3 year, part-time Diploma in Explosive Management


Offers 2 courses: 

A 1 year Certificate in Blasting Technology
Minimum requirements:  Candidates must be working in the blasting, mining or explosives industry. 

An Advanced Certificate in Blasting Technology
Minimum requirements:  AET’s Certificate in Blasting Technology and Certificate a good understanding of high school maths is recommended.


Minimum requirements:  To qualify for training as an Inspector of Explosives (SAPS):

Between 21 and 25 years of age
Senior Certificate (or higher qualification) preferably with Mathematics and Physical Science
Complete a psychometric test


The training of Technical Officers of Munitions comprises basic military training and leadership. 

To become a Technical Officers of Munitions:
Minimum requirements:
Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification with Mathematics and Physical Science

Ammunition Fitters may be appointed with a Grade 10 or equivalent Certificate, preference will be given to candidates with Mathematics.


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