The IPA HAS developed it's own Display Operator Course as well as an Assistant Display Operator Course, which we encourage ALL IPA Members to Learn. They may be found here above, on link buttons further down below here, or on our "FILES" page - they are free for the downloading and we encourage all IPA Members to Study them at their leisure. However, the IPA Courses are informational only, and have no Certification option. For the Record - while PGI Certification IS NOT for everyone - we STRONGLY recommend PGI Certification, IF you are generally the lead Shooter on your Displays, as any PGI Certified Shooter should know how to run his/her own Shoot Site. However, while some Counties and Cities in Iowa will NOT ISSUE you a permit for a Display unless you are PGI Certified, neither the IPA Courses, nor the PGI Display Operator Certification hold ANY Force-of-Law.
While the PGI DOC is a Great Source of Knowledge, like the IPA Courses, the PGI DOC is NOT a License to either Purchase, or to Use Fireworks anywhere, at anytime. So; just WHY should you bother to spend your time and/or money to become PGI Certified?
More Simply, the Course is a way to prove to the world that you know your way around a Shoot Site (or at least Should). You have Shown a Commitment to Safety, Legality in the Execution of your Craft, and have Experience with it. So; the Optional "Certification" component of all this - is that the Largest Pyro Group in the World Attests to the fact that you have undergone the Training needed to Head-up a Display, passed it's highest test Standards based on the latest NFPA Codes, and you have Experience. Additionally, even if you do not become Certified, you can still say you've been trained by some of the best pyros around.
The PGI DOC Course is the oldest, Most Established NFPA Code-based course in existence. Nationally Recognized, Required in some Locales, and it is constantly being improved and/or updated to reflect the latest changes in NFPA Codes. PGI's Initial Certification, and the subsequent Re-certification Program insures that you will stay abreast in the latest Rules & Regulations in the constantly evolving world of Fireworks.
You do NOT need to be a Member of the PGI to become PGI Certified.
To Initially become a PGI Certified Shooter, you must:
Your Initial (First-time) Certification is valid for a Three-year Period. This must be Renewed, or your Initial Certification becomes Null and Void after 3 years.
To Renew your Certification you must:
1. The easiest way is to Retake the PGI Course (counts for all 8 Hours at-once)
2. Have taken a MINIMUM of 8 Hours of Safety-Based Training.
This Renewal is Good for THREE Yrs from Date of Issue then the Renewal Process Repeats
3. Document FIVE 1.3G/Permitted Displays you have done - ALL 5 MUST be as LEAD OPERATOR.
4. Send your Documentation and a $10 Handling Fee to the PGI to receive your renewal.
As with any other Certification Process - you must Renew it to keep it current. This is one reason it is so widely accepted.
Find a Course near you - (You have to check this Often) - Most Courses in Spring/Fall.
The Same Address to send your Documentation is (BOTH for initial and for Recertification):
Dr. John Steinberg
3944 Carthage Road
Randallstown, MD 21133
The IPA has Developed both a Display Operator Course AND an ASSISTANT Display Operator Course (the ONLY Assistant's Course we know of). Like the PGI DOC Course, they will both be updated to reflect the latest in NFPA Codes. These may be Self-taught by clicking on the Radio Buttons below.
We encourage ALL IPA Members to go through these Courses as they contain much valuable information on the latest techniques in Shoot Site Choices, Safety with Fireworks, DOT & HazMat info, NFPA Codes, etc.
Why the IPA DO Course, or Assistant DO Course?
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