Permits and notifications - Charger's certificate - Yleistä
Charger’s certificates issued before 1 September 2016 will no longer be valid after 1 September 2021 even if the certificate has a later expiry date.
A charger’s certificate issued before 1 September 2016 can be renewed with an application. The applicant must take a refresher course and be interviewed for the qualification they are applying for. For more detailed instructions on how to apply for the charger’s certificate, see the section Applying for and renewing chargers’ certificates.
General information on topic | Applying for and renewing chargers’ certificates | Chargers’ training and refresher courses | Charger training notices | Notifications influencing the charger's certificate | Charger Register | Legislation
Chargers are individuals who have a valid charger’s certificate and who work with explosives. Pursuant to the Finnish Charger Act, chargers’ certificates include a pyrotechnician’s certificate, a junior charger’s certificate, a senior charger’s certificate, a chief charger’s certificate and a blasting coordinator’s certificate.
A junior charger’s certificate can be issued to individuals who have work experience in, for example, clearance, ice jams, laboratory experiments, rock blasting or explosion welding, using explosives to blast structural, hardened or hot materials or seismic blasting.
Senior chargers and chief chargers can be certified to work either above ground or underground. Chargers with the right training and experience can apply for both certificates.
Blasting coordinators are certified to handle explosives similarly to other chargers, but their responsibilities mainly relate to planning and coordinating the use of explosives.
Chargers’ certificates are issued for five years at a time. Applicants must be at least 20 years of age, and the certificate expires on the charger’s 68th birthday at the latest.
Applicants must have completed a training course and attended an interview, in addition to which they must have enough work experience. The training and work experience requirements depend on the certificate that the applicant is seeking.
Applicants also need to be medically and otherwise fit for the work.
The licensing authority charges a fee of EUR 315 for processing each application. A charger’s certificate is a personal document the bill for which is payable by the certificate holder personally and always sent to their home address.
The authority responsible for issuing and cancelling chargers’ certificates is the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland. Applications for chargers’ certificates must be made in writing.
Applicants for chargers’ certificates must have completed the requisite basic training course before they can sit the exam.
The minimum length of basic training for junior chargers and pyrotechnicians is 40 lessons.
Senior chargers must complete at least 224 lessons of basic training. Shorter training may be enough if an applicant has previous work experience or other experience that they can be given credit for, but the minimum number of lessons is always at least 164. The exact number of lessons depends on each individual’s work experience and other experience.
The minimum length of basic training for chief chargers is 90 lessons. Trainees can be given credit for previous experience. However, at least 80 lessons must always be completed.
Blasting coordinators must complete at least 40 lessons of basic training.
Once they have passed their exam, applicants must attend an interview with an expert approved by the licensing authority.
The refresher course required for renewing certificates consists of eight lessons. The refresher course is the same for all certificate holders. The refresher course focuses on any relevant legislative reforms that have been introduced.
Applicants must complete the refresher course before their certificate expires. If a course is cancelled for reasons beyond an applicant’s control, they can apply for an extension to their certificate from the licensing authority.
List of training courses for chargers (in Finnish)
List of qualified experts (in Finnish)
Appeal instructions (in Finnish)
Charger training is overseen and coordinated by the licensing authority. Each basic training and refresher course must have a designated course leader, chosen by the institution running the course. The course leader must notify the Regional State Administrative Agency of each new course well in advance and in any case no later than 14 days before the scheduled start of the course.
Charger training notices must be sent to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland at email@example.com.
Notifications influencing the charger's certificate
Certificate holder’s obligation to notify
- The holder of a charger's certificate must notify the Regional State Administrative Agency without delay of any changes in their health if those changes might affect their ability to work as a charger.
Employer's right to notify
- The employer of the charger's certificate holder has the right to notify the Regional State Administrative Agency of any issues that have come to their attention that may affect the validity of the certificate. Such a notification must be submitted in writing.
The police’s obligation to notify
- The police must immediately inform the Regional State Administrative Agency if they discover any significant factors that may affect the validity of the charger's certificate.
Health care professional’s right to notify
- Doctors and other health care professionals have the right to notify the Regional State Administrative Agency of a person they consider to be unfit to operate as a charger for a justified reason and based on patient data and meeting the person face-to-face, regardless of confidentiality obligations. “A health care professional’s report on the suitability of applicants for a charger’s certificate” form.
The licensing authority keeps a register of holders of chargers’ certificates pursuant to the Finnish Charger Act. The register contains the details of all chargers’ certificates that are valid in Finland at any given time. More information about the register is available from the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland on +358 (0)29 501 8450 (general enquiries).