Upon enrolment, the participant is issued with the pre-course reading literature consisting of a 250-page Fireworks manual (Pyrotechnic operator and Crew Safety Training Handbook). These are to be read prior to attendance at Gunning, a minimum of two weeks is provided for this.
The intensive week long pyrotechnic course starts on the Tuesday morning at 8.00am and runs through to Approximately 10:00pm on Saturday night, culminating in the first full fireworks display planned and operated by the participants.
Essentially this course combines classroom training in the essential skills sets and a range of hands on training to develop skills, knowledge, and experience. All participants will have ample opportunity to apply all learning. At the completion of the course the students will meet the requirements of a NSW Pyrotechnics licence (or the Victoria / SA / NT as applicable).
Lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea will be provided, participants are responsible for their own accommodation, breakfast, and evening meals during the intensive training sessions at Bellmount Forest. Gunning has various motel style accommodation options and Canberra is only 52km away with Goulbourn 62 km away.
On the last evening of the intensive week, the participants are to plan and deliver a significant size fireworks display to the public. This will be done under the close supervision of Fireworks Australia staff.
Participants will be then issued with their major assignment for which four weeks has been allocated. In their own time and working from their own home, participants will be required to develop their own operations manual for a fireworks display. This is a major requirement of WorkCover for the Pyrotechnician’s licence, this manual will serve as the foundation document for all of the participants future Pyrotechnics work.
The manual is to be submitted within four weeks from the conclusion of the intensive week. The take home exercise is not only a good assessment tool but a good opportunity for students to reflect on their learning and experiences. During this period the training staff will be available for additional instruction, assistance and support. Participants are expected to satisfactorily complete all assessments.