AJ Hartley

The whole set-up of the Land Blasting course impressed me.  I wanted to get my licence to use explosives, and was told this course was the best place to start.

I hadn’t been inside a classroom for a long time but the tutors and Polytech staff were welcoming and went out of their way to help people like me who weren’t too sure about all the bookwork. 

Only about a third of the course was in the classroom, so each day we were out in the field using explosives.  That work reinforced what we learned in the classroom.  We used a huge amount of explosives product over the three days. 

Some of the students on the course had never handled explosives before, and I was very pleased to see that there was a big emphasis on safety by all the tutors, because to me that’s pretty important. 

The enrolment form stated that you had to bring all the required safety gear, like overalls, hard hat, wet weather gear etc, but there was plenty that could be borrowed by anyone who didn’t have the right gear.

We got fed pretty good lunches and smokos each day, which kept us going throughout the day. 

Everyone had a great time on the course, and it would have to be one of the best courses I have been on.

After the course there were several workbooks to complete to get the Unit Standards, and at first these seemed a bit daunting.  However, the tutor who did the marking and the Polytech kept in touch with me all the way through and helped enormously.  I could phone them at any time for help.  Sometimes I would get off track a little, and the tutor would point me in the right direction again. 

On the course itself we were given a couple of really good manuals which helped a lot as they are a really good reference.  I still read those manuals again and again, and it helps me to remember what I learnt.

Since I did the course I have had several offers of jobs which I’m keen to get started on.   I now have my Approved Handler’s Certificate and as soon as my Controlled Substance Licence arrives, I’m away.   This course has changed my future, and now that I’ve up-skilled myself I’m on track to take advantage of the opportunities out there.