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KRS 351.315, Section 4 requires all Kentucky (general) licensed blasters, prior to obtaining their Kentucky blaster license renewal, to show proof that during the preceding three years they have attended 16 hours of department-approved, blasting-specific retraining. Licensed (general) blasters that renew their license after July 15, 2010, will then fall under the new training requirements and will need eight hours of training annually. Please see Blasters’ New Training Requirements effective July 15, 2010, for details concerning this issue. Limited Blaster’s License holders must show proof of a minimum of four hours of approved blaster retraining.

** All DNR blasting inspectors are approved for retraining instruction as determined by the manager of the Explosives and Blasting Branch.

Kentucky Blasting Conference (KBC) -- The KBC has cooperated with the Explosives and Blasting Branch to arrange for blasters licensed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to get their annual training at the KBC each year. The conference will repeat the same format as 2010, that is, technical presentations on Thursday and Friday mornings, with a variety of smaller group workshops on Thursday afternoon. The Explosives and Blasting Branch will grant four hours of conference training for attending one of the technical sessions either on Thursday or Friday morning. A blaster can then attend four hours of classroom-style instruction on Thursday afternoon to fulfill the legal requirements to renew his/her blaster's license. In this way, the KBC will serve as a one-stop shop for a blaster to meet the training requirements under the new law enacted in 2010.

A blaster can obtain his/her eight hours of required Kentucky training in a single day if so desired. More details can be obtained by going to the website of the Kentucky Blasting Conference.

Approved Blaster Training Programs

  • Kentucky Blasting Conference
    8-12 Hours Blaster Retraining Program
    See the Kentucky Blasting Conference website for more details.
    Eight or Twelve hour training program

  • Bluegrass Chapter, International Society of Explosive Engineers (BSEE)
    Training Coordinator – Martin W. Brashear (606) 260-5875
    Chapter President – Brian Lewis (859) 621-1249
    Chapter Secretary – Dana Getman (502) 933-5900
    Chapter Offers 8 hour blaster retraining twice a year in eastern and central Ky.

  • Detonation Safety Engineering
    Larry C. Schneider, P.E.
    121 Cherrywood Dr.
    Nicholasville, KY 40356
    (859) 312-0625
    Eight-hour training program

  • Midland Powder Technical Services
    Seth Burns
    (270) 925-3750
    Eight-hour training program

  • Ram Inc. Explosives Technical Services
    R.A. McClure Inc.
    2116 Hardin Ln.
    Powell, OH 43065
    (740) 363-6976 - Office
    (740) 362-3946 - Field
    Eight-hour training program

  • Dyno Nobel
    Joe Nawrocki
    2201 Regency Rd., Ste. 704
    Lexington, KY 40503
    (540) 665-9936 - Office
    (443) 838-4799 - Cell
    Eight-hour training program

  • Orica USA Inc.
    Jody Richey
    (615) 859-6082 - Office
    (615) 268-7671 - Cell
    Eight-hour training program

  • Geoscan Seismic Services Inc.
    Clinton Evans
    P.O Box 1009
    Grundy, VA 24614
    (276) 935-2101 - Office
    (276) 218-0040 - Cell
    Eight-hour training program

  • Nelson Brothers, LLC
    Neal Lee
    3243 Ladd Ridge Road
    Athens, OH  45701
    (740) 603-5232
    Eight-hour training program

  • Austin Powder
    Tom Hairhoger
    (740) 968-1555 - Office
    (304) 543-1038 - Cell
    Eight-hour training program

  • Terry Dozer
    515 Rose Hill Drive
    Central City, KY 42330
    (270) 543-8667 - Office
    Eight-hour training program

  • Southern Kentucky Blasting Consultants
    Coleman England
    (859) 242-2100 - Office
    Eight-hour training program

  • Statewide Blaster License and Retraining Classes
    Carlos Delgado
    308 Stoneybrook Dr.
    Lexington, KY 40517
    (859) 273-9249

  • Jhon Silva, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    University of Kentucky
    Department of Mining Engineering
    234H Mining and Mineral Resources Bldg.
    Lexington, KY 40506
    (859) 257-1173 - Office

  • Josh Calnan, PhD, PE
    Director of Blasting and Explosives Research & Research Coordinator
    University of Kentucky
    Department of Mining Engineering
    131 Mining and Mineral Resources Bldg.
    Lexington, KY 40506
    (859) 257-8032 - Office
    (704) 657-9255 - Cell

  • Brian Lewis
    Explosives Engineer / Senior Drill and Blast Specialist
    Explosives Engineering
    146 East Third Street
    Lexington, KY 40508-1826
    859.259.0959  //  c. 859.621.1249
  • Terry Hatter
    Cell: 606-303-4293

  • Keith Best
    Cell:  614-374-9247
  • Jeff Taylor
    Cell: 502-682-8196