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California pyrotechnician requirements

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A career in pyrotechnics is hard work, but it’s also incredibly fullfilling and exciting

Pyro Spectaculars is dedicated to training the next generation of pyrotechnicians. Below, we’ve provided some information about California-specific requirements for pyrotechnic operators. If you have any questions about how you can start an exciting career in pyrotechnics, contact us at information@pyrospec.com.

California requirements

  • Applicants must be 21 or older
  • Applicants must be on eight post-display reports with five different licensed operators within two consecutive years
  • Maintain a log-book to track your eligibility
  • Attend Pyro University seminars

When you are ready to apply

  • Contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office to receive an application
  • Complete the application
  • You’ll need to provide five letters of recommendation from licensed operators you‘ve worked with
  • You’ll need to provide the post display reports of shows you’ve worked on (your log book)
  • You’ll be required to submit your fingerprints

Once the application is approved and you’re ready to take the test

  • The state will set your test date
  • Study the state fireworks laws
  • Take the test
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Once you’ve successfully completed your exam, you get to do this!
For more information on California laws and regulations regarding fireworks, check out the state’s website.