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Drill and Blast
Engineering and Management

Blast Management International runs specific training for Drill and Blast Engineers, Supervisors and Managers based on the Nationally Recognised Competencies. The following are recommended competencies for key roles:

Drill & Blast Engineer Drill & Blast Supervisor Drill & Blast Super-intendent NSW Shotfirer (BEUL)
RIIBLA602 Establish and Maintain a Blasting System
RIIBLA403 Design Blasts
RIIBLA402 Monitor and Control the Effect of Blasting on the Environment
RIIBLA401 Manage Blasting Operations

Drill and Blast Management Course Details

Refer to the individual course listing for each of the units.

In addition to the units listed below, BMI offers the Manage Drill and Blast Operations Masterclass which includes Units 401, 402, 403 and 602 delivered over five days in a classroom setting. Refer to this course listing or request more information on the Masterclass here.

RIIBLA602E Establish and Maintain a Blasting System
RIIBLA401E Manage Blasting Operations

A course designed for persons with overall responsibility for the management of Drill and Blast Operations such as Drill and Blast Superintendents and Senior Engineers.
[Please Note: Only available as part of the Manage Drill and Blast Operations Masterclass Course]

RIIBLA401E Manage Blasting Operations

A course for line management with responsibility for daily drill and blast operations. Topics covered are:

  • Procedures, operating instructions and operating standards
  • Auditing and compliance
  • Training and assessment
  • Risk management
  • Documentation and records

RIIBLA402E Monitor and Control the Effect of Blasting on the Environment

This course covers the following environmental effects of blasting:

  • Ground vibration
  • Overpressure“
  • Flyrock
  • Fume and dust
  • Spillage and pollution.

The course is aimed at Shotfirers wanting an unrestricted license and Drill and Blast staff operating on sites with environmental constraints.

RIIBLA403E Design Blasts

This course is aimed at drill and blast engineers responsible for design and reconciliation. This course is also recommended for persons with responsibility for design validation and authorisation.

Course content includes:

  • Explosives and rock breaking
  • Drill pattern, charge and tie up design
  • Reconciliation
  • Targets and tolerances
  • Design standards, objectives and constraints
  • Includes BLASTPLAN II access for the course
    • Students may use their company software.

The course is run over two days. Successful candidates will be expected to be able to develop drill, charge and tie-up designs, assess drill and blast processes and determine appropriate monitoring systems to manage design implementation.

Explosives and Blasting for Surface Operations

This course is aimed at drill and blast engineers and experienced operational managers wanting to increase their understanding of the drill and blast process.

Course content includes:

  • Explosives and rock breaking
  • Drill pattern, charge and tie up design
  • Reconciliation
  • Auditing and compliance monitoring

The course is run over two days or three days. The course is assessed and successful candidates will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Approved Safe Drilling and Blasting Course (As required by Qld & NSW Mining Regulators)

This course is aimed at Queensland Senior Site Executives (SSE’s) requiring a Safe Drilling and Blasting Course to meet the required competencies of the Queensland Board of Examiners. Course content includes all theory components extracted from the Surface Shotfirer course for the Units of Competency:
  • RIIBLA205 Store, Handle and Transport Explosives
  • RIIBLA301 Conduct Surface Shotfiring Operations
  • RIIBLA305 Conduct Secondary Breakage
The course is completed online. Successful candidates will receive a Certificate of Completion for the theory components of the units of competency.


Classroom training sessions are delivered by highly qualified trainers and run according to the published schedule.
On request BMI will also run site specific classroom training courses for a minimum of six candidates.

Course Online Classroom
Manage Drill and Blast Operations Masterclass

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Software Quote and Enquiry

Complete your details below and we’ll email you a quote for the BLASTPLAN ll: Drill and Blast Design Application. We’ll respond to any comments or questions you have in a separate email.

BMI Refund Policy

Try Before You Buy

BlastPlan-Pro software is available for purchase on the Blast Management International web site. This software products is available for download and is fully functional. We provide a 30-day free trial period to let you fully evaluate the software product to ensure it meets your needs prior to making a purchase decision.

During your trial period, our support staff are available to assist in installation and configuration via email, ticket or telephone. We strongly recommend that all customers download, install, and test the trial version of any BMI product prior to making a purchase.

No Refunds Post Purchase

After a cleared payment on the purchase of one of our products occurs, you will receive an email with the serial number required to unlock the software. Once this information is emailed to you, no refund will be given. This policy is in place since it would be impossible for you to return your registered version of our software.

We cannot issue a refund for any BMI software product given this licensing model. Please take advantage of the 30-day trial before you complete your purchase.

Refund Under Exceptional Circumstances

In rare instances and only within 30 days of purchase, if due to technical difficulties or platform incompatibilities the software will not function, we may, at our discretion, issue a refund minus our order processing and banking fees (up to 25% of the purchase price). In such instances, we require that you provide enough information for us to positively identify your purchase transaction (e.g., order number, your company name, date of transaction, purchase code, number of licenses purchased, etc.). If we are able to positively identify your order, and if your request is made within 30 days of purchase, you must submit to us a letter of destruction of software on your company letterhead before we will process the refund. BMI is not responsible for lost, delayed, or misdirected mail or email, delays for downloading, or other communication system delays.

USI Information

Students undertaking nationally recognised VET courses are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). You can apply for your USI at www.usi.gov.au.

The USI is a reference number that is required if you are a new or continuing student undertaking accredited vocational study at BMI.

Who does the government require to have a USI?

You need a USI if you are undertaking a Nationally Recognised Training.  Without one, you will not be able to get your qualification unless you are undertaking a BMI course outside of Australia as an International Student.

When will you need to provide your USI to BMI?

You will need to have your USI on hand when completing the online enrolment form as part of the enrolment process at commencement of training.

Trainer Opportunity

Are you an experienced and motivated individual who wants to develop or expand your own business providing industry training in each of the Surface Drill and Blast Units of Competency? If so, we’re looking for you!

Blast Management International (BMI) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO #31459) providing high quality training across most blasting industries including surface, underground metalliferous, construction, oil and gas, explosives/DG driver and special effects.

As an Independent Trainer aligned with BMI you will have access to training and assessment materials as well as marketing and sales support that will enable you to develop your own business providing Nationally Recognised Training to your own clients.

These units support applications for Shotfirer Licenses and may include those aimed at Drill and Blast Engineers, Supervisors and Superintendents.

This opportunity will suit people with skills in both training and surface blasting looking to leverage your industry knowledge and contacts into a sustainable, profitable business opportunity.

For more information or to arrange a confidential discussion email me at peter@blastmanagement.com.

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