College of Engineering

Explosives & Blasting

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Program Summary

SPRING 2021
Application Dates: 12/7/2020
Start Dates: 01/25/2021
SUMMER 2021
Application Dates: 04/9/2021
Start Dates: 05/11/2021
FALL 2021
Application Dates: 07/23/2021
CREDITS AND COST
Credits required: 9
Cost per credit: $693

Jhon Silva Castro

Associate Professor

Department of Mining Engineering

Josh Calnan

Director of Blasting and Explosives Research

Department Research Coordinator

College of Engineering

230 Mining and Minerals Resources Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0503

(859) 257-6336

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Discover more and gain the advantage in the world of mining and civil engineering. Learn about the most advanced tools and analysis techniques for design and control of bench blasting, cast blasting, and underground blasting, along with the monitoring, prevention, and assessment of the secondary effects of blasting.

Program Summary

SPRING 2021
Application Dates: 12/7/2020
Start Dates: 01/25/2021
SUMMER 2021
Application Dates: 04/9/2021
Start Dates: 05/11/2021
FALL 2021
Application Dates: 07/23/2021
CREDITS AND COST
Credits required: 9
Cost per credit: $693

Gain the Advantage with this Graduate Certificate.

This certificate consists of three core courses (9 credit hours) for students with basic knowledge of blasting or four courses (12 credit hours) for students without any previous experience with blasting.

Application Requirements and Process

  1. Background Check
    • Because of the potential misuse of the knowledge on explosives acquired through the online certificate program, each applicant MUST submit to a background check and hold a relevant engineering or related degree prior to enrolling in the program.  At this time, the program is available to domestic students in the U.S.A.
    • IMPORTANT: Clearance in the background check does not mean automatic admission to the certificate program.
    • See below on how to complete and submit the Background Check form.
       
  2. Complete application to the certificate program and submit the following documents with the completed application
    • CV.
    • Background check showing clearance from ATF and University of Kentucky Police (see below).
    • Personal Statement: An explanation about why you are interested in the certificate.
    • One letter of recommendation. 
    • Writing Sample (optional).

How to Complete and Submit the Background Check Application  

 The background check can take a minimum of 30 working days to complete. At this time, the program is available to domestic students in the U.S.A. 

 The procedure is as follows: 

  1.  Obtain ATF Form F 5400.28  
  2.  Complete and return the form to Dr. Josh Calnan (Director of Blasting and Explosives Research) via USPS at 504 Rose Street, 230 MMRB.Lexington, KY 40506
     or via email at joshcalnan@uky.edu 
    • Complete all blocks with the exception of Block 16.
    • For Block, 14 enter “UK Explosives and Blasting Certificate”
    • For Block 15, enter “Student”
    • IMPORTANT: Do not mail the form directly to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
  3. Once the ATF completes its inquiry, the application will be sent by the online program director to the University of Kentucky Police for further verification.
  4. An email will be sent to the online program director confirming the student’s status. 
  5. The program director will notify the applicant/student of clearance or denial. If the applicant has obtained clearance they will be eligible for to apply to the certificate program.  Again, it is crucial that all students complete this process before registration in the online certificate. If students fail to follow the procedure, they will not be able to be registered in the online certificate program.  ​

Questions should be directed to Dr. Josh Calnan, the Director of Blasting and Explosives Research, & Department Research Coordinator.


Federal Financial Aid and Certificate Programs

Please note that federal financial aid is not available for certificate programs, but other financial resources may be available on the Financial Aid page.


Contact

Jhon Silva Castro

Associate Professor

Department of Mining Engineering

Josh Calnan

Director of Blasting and Explosives Research

Department Research Coordinator

College of Engineering

230 Mining and Minerals Resources Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0503

(859) 257-6336

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.