Blasters Training Seminar

Does Your Blasters License Expire Soon?

Blasters Training Seminar

January 3-5, 2018   |  Embassy Suites, St. Charles, MO 

This 20-hour course provides participants with basic training for blasting in the crushed stone and construction industries. It is of invaluable use for individuals concerned with other aspects of blasting, such as those used by underground mines and utility companies. The course also acquaints participants with federal and state licensing, purchase, transportation and storage regulations. Experienced blasters and engineers may use the course as both a refresher and an update on new products, blasting techniques, and regulations, as well as to enhance their blasting knowledge and skills. Refresher training is good for one year before renewal of license and renewal may be made six months in advance. 

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Full Schedule  is posted closer to event.
The Blasters Seminar is approved by the State of Missouri and fulfills the training requirement portion of State Blasters licensing.


  • Selection of the type of explosives to be used
  • Blast designs
  • Initiation systems and blasting machines
  • Loading blast holes
  • Blasting vibrations and airblast
  • Secondary blasting applications
  • Federal and state laws and regulations
  • Blast records
  • Schedules
  • Preblast surveys
  • Blast plan requirements
  • Signs, warning signals and site control
  • Unpredictable hazards

Course Guest Lecturers: Elements of the course will be given by specialists of their particular field. Past guest lecturers from industry have included:

  • Austin Powder
  • Buckley Powder
  • ECI
  • Orica
  • Missouri S&T
  • Vibra-Tech Engineers

FEES and Accomodations:

Seminar Fees:

  • Full Three-Day Course ($695/$645 for MLPA & ISEE Members)Completion of the full three-day course will qualify attendees to receive 20 Professional Development Hours (PDHs), equivalent to 2.0 CEUs. A thumb drive of course notes will be provided to those attending the full three-day course. 
  • One-day Refresher Course ($295)One full day, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday can be used to earn 8.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs), equivalent to 0.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for re-licensing in Missouri. (Thursday or Friday Refresher is suggested due to Wednesday being more introductory.)

Hotel Accomodations:
Room reservations must be made on your own. Below are links to the conference venue and the St. Charles Convention Center which lists hotels and restaurants in the immediate area.

EUR ING Paul Worsey, P.hD., C.ENG., MIOM3, FIEXPE

Course Director, Professor of Explosives Engineering,

Dr. Paul Worsey, Professor and Associate Chair of Explosives Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has over 35 years of explosives and blasting experience and has been involved in blasting training for over 25 years. He has been on numerous programs such as TLCDiscovery and History channels, and National Geographic highlighting explosives, blasting and demolition. He co-hosted The Detonators, a series on Discovery.

Dr. Worsey is responsible for the first Explosives Engineering Masters in the nation. He has over 200 publications and has taught over 75 short courses on blasting throughout the world and consults in the field of blasting, consults in the field of blasting and holds blasters license #2 in Missouri.

At Missouri S&T, his work has included blast casting, underground tunnel blasting, perimeter blasting, high speed video analysis of blasts, the development of a blast plug, fuse design, and explosive testing and formulation. Before coming to Missouri S&T in 1981, he worked for the TRRL in Scotland, trouble-shooting highway blasting contracts in the Highlands and doing extensive work on pre-split blasting. He holds an M.S. in rock mechanics and excavation engineering and a Ph.D. in mining engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England.

Areas of Specialization: Explosives Engineering, Pyrotechnics and Propellants, Commercial Pyrotechnics, Blasting and Excavation Engineering


Contact Us.

Technical Contact
Dr. Paul Worsey
Missouri S&T
226 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-0660
Phone: (573) 341-4317

Registration Contact
Professional & Continuing Education
Missouri University of Science and Technology
300 W 12th Street
216 Centennial Hall
Rolla, MO 65409-1560
Phone: 573-341-6222
Fax: 573-341-4992

Cancellation Policy

Missouri University of Science and Technology reserves the right to cancel its programs in the event of insufficient registrations, instructor illness, severe weather, or natural disaster. In the event of cancellation, registrants will be notified immediately and all registration fees will be refunded in full. Persons wishing to cancel their registrations must do so by December 29, 2017. Refunds will not be made after this date. Substitutions may be made at any time.