*This programme is being re-developed and is subject to change in 2017

Need to “pop a rock” or “blow a stump”? Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Land Blasting training will make sure you’ve got the skills to use explosives safely and get the job done.

Whether you’re a contractor or farmer who needs to clear pasture of tree stumps, or a construction and quarrying employer needing staff certified to use commercial explosives – this is the course for you. The Land Blasting (National Certificate in Extractive Industries, Land Operations Using Explosives) programme will set you up with the certification you need to safely store, transport and use explosives.

People who successfully complete this qualification will receive the National Certificate in Extractive Industries (Land Operations Using Explosives).

This qualification recognises the skills of operators such as agricultural workers, seismic blasters, conservation workers, or firewood contractors who have blasting on land responsibilities.

The qualification has a significant health and safety component in recognition of the hazards associated with the extractive environment and blasting responsibilities. The holder of this qualification is able to demonstrate knowledge of explosives and their properties, and can outline the legal and operational requirements of blasting for an approved handler.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic offers training programmes in various locations around New Zealand. Please contact us for a copy of the programme schedule. 

  • Level:
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  • Awards:
    National Certificate in Extractive Industries (Land Operations Using Explosives)
  • Location:
    Raetihi; Reefton; by negotiaton
  • Dates:
    12 November – Reefton, 21 November – Raetihi. Multiple intakes per year
  • $1,576

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Core Elements

A graduate of the qualification is able to demonstrate skills in storing explosives, designing blasting layouts, and carrying out blasting operations for land work.


Prior to the on-site days there is a pre-course component which students are required to complete and bring to class on day one. There is an on-site component for 3 days. Trainees return home and complete the assessment tasks and return them for marking.

The course runs over five on-site days with a further two site days available later if required.  On-site days are a mix of practical work in the field and classroom theory on the safe storage, handling and use of explosives. You’ll have hands-on involvement in blasts to remove rocks and stumps, to split trees for firewood, and to create postholes. The on-site training is followed up by additional home-based theory work and tutors provide ongoing support to students to guide them through the study.

Students are required to complete the explosives log, recording their blasting experience.

Who should attend?

These courses are suitable for any persons using explosives in occupations such as:

  • Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Firewood
  • Quarrying
  • Construction
  • Seismic Testing

The mining, quarrying and construction areas require further training.


All tutors are experienced blasters who take pride in looking after their students and keep in touch with their students after training is complete. Safety is paramount for Land Blasting Training (NZ) Ltd, and the programme has a strong reputation with employers and individuals who participate.

This is a Safety Sensitive Programme