California pyrotechnician requirements

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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 get in touch with us!


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
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Once you’ve successfully completed your exam, you get to do this!

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

Want more information? Check out the California State Fire Marshall's Website.

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