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Oilwell Perforators Safety Training

Gain a basic knowledge and understanding of oilwell explosives. It teaches the skills necessary to prevent incidents and to protect yourself, the public, property and the environment.

This course has been developed in conjunction with the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) and government representatives from Western Canada and the Territories to provide a minimum industry training standard for blasting in oil and gas wells.


Workers engaged in well operations such as wire line perforating and completions, TCP perforating, explosive fracturing, pipe recovery and tool services.

  • Note: Slickliners are welcome to take this course, however, the course deals primarily with electric line perforating.


  • Safe storage
  • Transportation
  • Shop handling and well-site handling of explosives
  • Related regulations

Individuals seeking an interprovincial Oilwell Blasters permit must:

  • Be at least eighteen years of age
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing
  • Have a minimum of six months hands-on experience in preparing and firing oilwell explosive charges in the field in the past 36 months immediately preceding the application date, or have equivalent experience acceptable to the Oilwell Perforators Safety Training and Advisory Committee (shop gun assembly experience on its own is not sufficient to acquire a blasters permit)
  • Be physically capable of performing the duties of an Oilwell Blaster
  • Have government issued photo identification (i.e., driver’s license, passport, etc.) to write the interprovincial examination.

If you are taking the course for general informational purposes there are no prerequisites or examinations. You will not be eligible for an interprovincial certificate, but you will receive a Record of Attendance letter upon completion.


An application form is available here. Your application must be approved at least two working days prior to the start of the course.

Upon successful completion of the written exam, you will receive an industry-standard Certificate of Completion that is valid for five years.

Enform also issues an interprovincial Oilwell Blaster’s permit, valid throughout the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba, to those successfully completing the prescribed interprovincial Oilwell Blaster’s examination.

You will be required to confirm that you have an Explosives Regulatory Division approval letter (or acceptable equivalent) when registering to take the Oilwell Perforator Safety Training course and to present this proof to the blasting examiner prior to writing the exam. 

Acceptable equivalence:

  • NEXUS Card: Issued by the Canada Boarder Services Agency
  • FAST Card: Issued by the Canada Boarder Services Agency
  • Permis General: Issued under Quebec’s An Act Respecting Explosives Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL): Issued under the Firearms Act
  • Approval Letter: Issued by Natural Resources Canada

To obtain an Explosive Regulatory Division approval letter you will need to complete a security clearance through your local Police station and submit the clearance along with Form F08-01, to the Explosive Regulatory Division. 

Please see the NRCAN website for further details: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/sites/www.nrcan.gc.ca/files/explosives/pdf/Final-20140521-F08-01E.pdf

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