Renewing or Upgrading Your Fireworks Operator Certificate

You can renew or upgrade your certificate online using the NRCan Electronic Licence Management System (eLMS). Once you have completed your enrollment in eLMS you will proceed to the My Personal Licences, Permits and Certificate link to renew or apply for an upgrade for your fireworks operator certificate. If you want to send the renewal or upgrade application instead by mail, please contact the Explosives Regulatory Division (ERD) for instructions.

Renewing your Fireworks Operator Certificate

Once you are certified by the ERD to use display fireworks or special effect pyrotechnics you will receive a letter in the mail at least two months prior to the expiry date on your certificate reminding you of the expiry date and the instructions required to renew. If you are enrolled in eLMS you will receive an email reminder.

If you have not received your reminder to renew and your certificate is going to expire or has expired already, please contact the Explosives Regulatory Division.

To apply online you will need:

  • A digital photo showing a full front view of your head and shoulders. Use a plain, contrasting background without shadows. No hats. The photos should be recent – taken within the last 12 months
  • A way to pay (VISA, MasterCard, American Express or you can choose the option to pay later and send a certified cheque or money order by mail)

Upgrading your Fireworks Operator Certificate

To upgrade your Fireworks Operator Certificate to a higher level you must submit an application to the ERD either using eLMS or by mail.

To apply online you will need:

  • A work journal
  • A letter of recommendation
  • A digital photo showing a full front view of your head and shoulders. Use a plain, contrasting background without shadows. No hats. The photos should be recent – taken within the last 12 months
  • A way to pay (VISA, MasterCard, American Express or you can choose the option to pay later and send a certified cheque or money order by mail)

Upgrade requirements

Display Supervisor

  • Certification as a Display Assistant
  • Participated in a minimum of three shows within five years
  • Letter of recommendation from Lead Supervisor in Charge

Display Supervisor with Endorsements

  • Certification as a Display Supervisor
  • First endorsement - act as Lead Supervisor in Charge for at least three shows
  • For each endorsement - participated in at least three shows in the past five years in which you have assisted with displays that include the endorsement
  • Letter of recommendation from a Lead Supervisor in Charge of a show that includes the endorsement where you participated as crew.

Senior Pyrotechnician

  • Certification as a Pyrotechnician for one year
  • Work Journal
  • Letter of recommendation from a supervisor (Senior Pyrotechnicians, Special Effects Pyrotechnicians or Special Effects Pyrotechnician – detonating cord)

Special Effects Pyrotechnician

  • Certification as a Senior Pyrotechnician for one year
  • Work Journal
  • Letter of recommendation from a supervisor (Special Effects Pyrotechnicians or Special Effects Pyrotechnician – detonating cord)

Special Effects Pyrotechnician – detonating cord

  • Certification as a Special Effects Pyrotechnician for one year
  • Work Journal
  • Letter of recommendation from a supervisor (Special Effects Pyrotechnician – detonating cord)
  • Proof of Security Screening