Exam Schedule

The Type I Explosives Permit exam will be administered by Explosives Program staff for:

  • All new applicants; and
  • All renewing applicants who have not completed at least 16 hours of approved continuing education courses during their current permit period.

Applicants that must take the Type I Explosives Permit exam should thoroughly review the Colorado Explosives Regulations.

Applicants are required to:

  • Submit an application, pass a criminal background check and receive an "Exam Invitation" from the Explosives Program in order to take the Explosives Permit exam;
  • Select an exam date and location from the OPS Calendar of Events; and
  • Send an email to cdle_explosives@state.co.us or call 303-318-8499 to reserve a seat in the exam session of your choosing.

Notice Regarding Grand Junction Exams and Requests for Special Exam Sessions

Beginning June 10, 2014, the Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) will reduce the number of dates that Explosives Permit exams are administered at the Grand Junction location from 1 exam date per month to 1 exam date every two months. This change was prompted by low participation at the Grand Junction location and the need to keep permit costs from rising. OPS may add more Grand Junction dates in the future if the demand should rise.

OPS will also make adjustments in our exam policy in order to accommodate employers that need to have groups of applicants tested at the same time. Please contact Scott Narreau at 303-318-8495 or scott.narreau@state.co.us if you need to make arrangements for a group of 7 or more people to take the Explosives Permit exam. Please note that all persons requesting an exam must have submitted a complete Type I Explosives Permit application and received an invitation to take the test from our agency.

All currently scheduled exam dates can be viewed on the OPS Calendar of Events. Click the arrow next to Agenda on the right side of the calendar and deselect all boxes other than Explosives Events to only view information related to the Explosives Program.


Please Note: The Division of Oil and Public Safety and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment have a "Weapons Free" policy. Should you have a weapon with you, please secure it in your vehicle before you enter the building to conduct business with the Division of Oil and Public Safety. Thank you for your cooperation.