Planning, setting up and firing fireworks affect public safety and thus a degree of apprenticeship is essential before an individual can be certified as a Fireworks Supervisor. Anyone who handles Display Fireworks must be at least a Display Assistant. Certification is divided into the following classes:
- Display Assistant - can assist and work under the direct supervision of a certified Display Supervisor. Completion of the Display Fireworks Safety and Legal Awareness Course is mandatory prior to certification.
- Display Supervisor – can act as Lead Supervisor in Charge of displays that use Display Fireworks. Shells used must not be over 155 mm (6") and the display must be fired from solid ground or ice. They are also responsible for training and supervising of Display Assistants.
- Display Supervisor with Endorsements – can act as Lead Supervisor in Charge of displays that use the types of effects or fire from various firing locations as specified in the endorsement. They are also responsible for training and supervising of Display Assistants and Display Supervisors. Endorsements:
- Large shells: shells over 155 mm (6")
- Floating Platform: barges, pontoon or multihull
- Rooftop, Bridge and Flatbed
- Nautical Effects
- Flying Saucer
Length of Certification: 5 years.
ERD sends reminder letters to current certificate holders advising them of an upcoming renewal.