school records, previous certification, demonstrated
ability, and a personal interview. Then he/she makes a
recommendation to the commanding officer or officer
in charge as to whether a person should or should not be
certified. Certification is made at the discretion of the
commanding officer or officer in charge. When
sufficient personnel have been qualified, a minimum
qualification an certification board is established
NOTE: The Explosives Handling Personnel
Qualification and Certification Program,
OPNAVINST 8023.2, is not applicable to the
Personnel, such as a security force, who are
required to bear arms in the course of their duties.
Aircrew personnel whose only contact with explo-
sive devices is during logistic transport by aircraft.
Lookouts, bridge watches, and man-overboard
watches required to handle and launch man-
overboard markers in emergency situations.
Document destruction personnel and aircraft
wheel watches should handle explosives only
Personnel whose sole contact with explosive devices
occurs when assigned to a working party for the pur-
pose of replenishment, onloading, or offloading.
Personnel who conduct tests or inspections of
magazine sprinkler systems, provided they have
been qualified and certified by other means.
The personnel mentioned above must, however, be
carefully instructed in the operation and in the safety
precautions applicable to a particular device or
Revocation of Certification
The commanding officer or officer in charge is
responsible for revoking certification whenever such
action is necessary in the interest of safety.
If culpability (responsibility) can be determined
during a mishap investigation, a statement on the
revocation of individual/team certification must be
included in the mishap report.
If an explosive mishap is caused by a persons
failure to follow authorized procedures, revocation of
certification is mandatory, and a page 13 entry is
required. If a person flagrantly (openly) disregards
safety precautions, operates explosive device handling
equipment recklessly, or shows incompetency or
unreliability, revocation of certification for cause is
mandatory, and requires a page 13 entry.
When the commanding officer or officer in charge
considers retraining, recertification, and requalifying an
appropriate action, the person may be retrained, recerti-
fied, and requalified. If, however, the persons behavior
indicates that retraining will be ineffective, he/she is
assigned to tasks that do not involve explosive devices.
For military personnel, revocation of certification
for cause requires a service record entry stating the
For civilian personnel, a letter
revoking certification for cause is prepared and filed in
his/her civilian personnel record. Revocation of
certification means complete removal of an individual
from the qualification/certification program. Onetime
recertification for the above infractions is not
authorized. There are NO exceptions!
Commanding officers or officers in charge initiate,
monitor, and maintain the Explosives Handling
Personnel Qualification and Certification Program.
Personnel within the program should be sent to
formal schools, if possible, and personnel qualification
standards are required, where applicable. However,
school attendance and personnel qualification standards
do not necessarily qualify an individual for certification.
Certification board members are appointed by name
and in writing by the commanding officer/officer in
charge. The authority may not be delegated.
Certification must be documented by using the format
shown in figure 11-1. The original is maintained by the
board chairman. A copy is placed in the individuals
training records. When the individual is transferred, the
original (maintained by the board chairman) is placed
on the left side of the individuals service record.
Certification of military personnel is transferable at
the discretion of the receiving command. Receiving com-
mands should validate the certification by placing the
board chairmans signature in the recertification block.
Certification, unless revoked, is valid for a period of 1 year.
Aviation Ordnance Family Types
Training record documentation is by specific explosive
device and task. This training will be documented by using
an OJT/Professional Training Record Sheet (fig. 11-2).
This documentation must support the level of certifica-
tion listed on the individuals or teams certification form
and must reflect all the individuals or teams training.