Competencies for fireworks contractors and operators

Outdoor fireworks during fire bans

On Friday 22 November 2019, the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services revoked the Declaration of State of Fire Emergency in Queensland. However, fire bans are still in place in many local government areas.

Where total fire bans are in place, no outdoor fireworks display should proceed without prior consultation with the local fire warden. All fireworks contractors must:

  1. Notify the Explosives Inspectorate and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
  2. Check the locations of total fire bans.
  3. Contact the local fire warden (if necessary).

National competencies in fireworks for outdoor displays have been developed for fireworks contractors and operators. Any provider of this training must be a registered training organisation (RTO).

In Queensland, Healthy Business Training Academy and Fireworks Australia (Importers) Pty Ltd are the only organisations providing this training. Their training packages have been approved by the Chief Inspector of Explosives. Contact them to discuss your training requirements.

Competency units for fireworks contractor

Competency unit Type of fireworks
CUAPYR401 Manage health and safety requirements at fireworks displays    
CUAPYR402 Operate outdoor fireworks displays    
CUAPYR403 Plan outdoor fireworks display OD CP SC
CUAPYR404 Operate close proximity fireworks displays    
CUAPYR405 Plan close proximity fireworks displays   CP  
Competency assessment by inspector    

Competency units for fireworks operator

Competency unit Type of fireworks
CUAPYR401 Manage health and safety requirements at fireworks displays OD CP SC
CUAPYR402 Operate outdoor fireworks displays OD   
CUAPYR403 Plan outdoor fireworks display    
CUAPYR404 Operate close proximity fireworks displays   CP  
CUAPYR405 Plan close proximity fireworks displays    
Competency assessment by inspector    SC*

Legend:

  • OD: Outdoor fireworks displays (including strings of crackers)
  • CP: Close proximity
  • SC: Strings of crackers
  • * Course not yet available

Note: To apply for a special effects (pyrotechnics) fireworks operator licence, please contact the Explosives Inspectorate.

Work experience

Find out more about the industry by contacting a fireworks contractor, who may be able to provide work experience.