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Trainee Pyrotechnician Training Course


Do YOU want to be a Pyrotechnician?


Eastcoast Fireworks in association with Fire & Rescue New Zealand in its capacity as a private Fire Service and Tertiary Education Organisation is offering two day NZQA based Trainee Pyrotechnician (Fireworks) course.


The Trainee Pyrotechnician (Fireworks) course has been designed specifically to meet the need for both a “Basic” course covering the skills and knowledge required for anyone wanting to further their interest in pyrotechnics, or even, to train for a career in the Outdoor Pyrotechnics Industry and the Legislative requirements for the storage, transportation, use and operation of Outdoor Pyrotechnics (fireworks).




No previous experience is required.  All aspects of fireworks are covered including:
  •  Regulatory requirements relating to the life cycles and operation of an outdoor fireworks display
  • Apply safe handling procedures for outdoor pyrotechnic displays
  • Identify and manage safety and health requirements at an outdoor fireworks display
  • Plan an outdoor fireworks display
  • Safe set-up, firing your display (by hand and Electric firing)




This two day hands-on fireworks course starts on Friday evening at 1900 hours and on Saturday morning at 0900 hours and runs through to approximately 2200 hours on Saturday night, culminating in the full fireworks display planned and operated by each participant.




Participants that successfully complete the course and gain the relevant unit standards and display experience will be issued with a “Statement of Attainment” issued by Fire & Rescue New Zealand, that can be presented to the EPA Test Certifier, along with their "fireworks display log book" as the first step in the EPA certification process in support of their application for the issue of a Level 1 Approved Handler Test Certificate for Outdoor Pyrotechnic Displays and a Controlled Substances Licence for Class 1 Explosives.

Log Boook


Participants will be issued with a Trainee Pyrotechnician (Fireworks) Log Book which will be used to gather evidence of display experience and to verify that the applicant when making application to the EPA Test Certifier, for an Approved Handlers Certificate for Pyrotechnic Displays and a Controlled Substances Licence for Class 1 Explosives, has the necessary practical experience, in a variety of display environments, to complement their formal training for the award of a Level 1, or Level 2 or Level 3 Approved Handler Test Certificate for Outdoor Pyrotechnic Displays.





Eastcoast Fireworks, 56 Mill Street, Ongaonga, Central Hawke’s Bay.  Delegates are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from Ongaonga, and should arrive by 0845 am for registration on the first day of the course.


Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, breakfast and evening meals during the intensive training sessions in Ongaonga. Waipukurau has various motel accommodation and is only 16.5 km away.


The cost, which includes lunch, meals and refreshments, fireworks displays and certificate of attendance is $1035.00 GST Inc. per person.

Joining Instructions

Eastcoast Fireworks will issue joining instructions and a timetable for the course once your application fee has been paid and your application has been successfully processed.

How to Apply


Limited spaces available - please register early to ensure availability. Course participants must pay the course fee and confirm their attendance before the day of training.



Registration of Interest - Trainee Pyrotechnicians (Fireworks) Course

Please register your expression of interest to participate in the Trainee Pyrotechnicians course by completing the form below. This is not an enrolment form, you will be contacted to discuss your interest further.  

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