Institute of Explosives Engineers Explosives Safety & Handling Level 1

What does the programme cover?
This programme is aimed at Special Effects (SFX) personnel in accordance with HSE guidance on "Special or Visual effects involving Explosives or Pyrotechnics used in Film and Televisual Productions". It provides training to allow a sufficiently experienced Trainee (Pyrotechnic SFX) to apply for an upgrade to Technician (Pyrotechnic SFX) through the Joint Industry Grading Scheme. The programme is delivered over 2 days (12hrs) in both a classroom and a licensed firing ground and covers a number of topics including; historic developments, explosive characteristics, explosive types, initiation methods, SFX planning, disposal, security, transport, practical training and environmental disturbance. The programme also increases understanding in the legislation, regulations, code of practice and safety requirements that need to be met in order to carry out safe Pyrotechnic SFX. 
Areas of Best Practise
• Highly qualified and experience tutors delivering the programme.
• Extensive, high quality planning and preparation.
• Delegate vetting prior to commencement of the programme.
• High quality employer engagement.
• High quality and robust Internal Quality Assurance processes that validate the programme and the success of delegates
• Responsiveness to industry / sector needs.
• High levels of Health & Safety preparation and monitoring.
• IExpE will recommend a membership grade for those successfully completing and the delegates are able to apply for a grade change from trainee to technician following successful completion of the course and sufficient experience.
• To provide working professionals with skills, competencies and confidence in the Safety and Handling of Explosives. 
How the Programme Changes Lives Through Learning
• By engaging with external agencies to increase knowledge and awareness.
• By influencing and supporting professional working practices.
• By supporting professionals gaining skills and competencies that contribute to progression and increased Association membership recognition.
• By reflecting the HSE guidance on "Special or Visual effects involving Explosives or Pyrotechnics used in Film and Televisual Productions".
• By supporting Trainees to progress to Technician Status within the Joint Industry Grading Scheme
• By increasing employment opportunities within the sector.
• By raising awareness of existing and new products and techniques in Explosive SFX.
• By providing the opportunity to complete practical activities that support Learning & Development.

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