Explosives Handling Personnel Qualification
Descriptions of the different certification levels are
and Certification Program, OPNAVINST
given in table 4-1.
The Explosives Handling Personnel Qualification
and Certification Program sets guidelines for weapons
certification. This program is independent from all
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the re-
Handling Personnel Qualification and Certification
sponsibility and requirements of the
Table 4-1.--Certification Levels
TEAM MEMBER (TM)
BASIC QUALIFICATION. Aware of basic safety precautions relative to
the task and explosives/explosive devices concerned, has received formal
and/or on-the-job training and has been recommended by immediate
Perform task(s) only under direct supervision of a team leader.
Same as TM above.
Has sufficient knowledge and has demonstrated the proficiency to be
entrusted with performing the work task alone in safe and reliable
Capable of interpreting the requirements of applicable checklist,
assembly/operating manuals, and SOP.
T h i s c e r t i fi c a t i o n l eve l c a n b e u s e d i n c o n j u n c t i o n w i t h
explosives/explosive devices that normally require a team effort to
load/download. This is to allow an individual to perform tasks contained in
the loading procedure section of a checklist without the team leader
at the immediate scene (i.e. issue and receipt, fusing, arming wires,
installing/removing cartridges in bomb racks/stores). Applies to functions
involving cartridge-actuated devices in aircrew escape propulsion system
(AEPS) when a supervised crew concept is not appropriate.
QA/safety observer (SO) is still required.
TEAM LEADER (TL)
Same as I above.
Has sufficient knowledge and has demonstrated the proficiency to direct
others in performing the work task safely and reliably.
QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA)
Same as TL.
Must have detailed knowledge of applicable explosives/explosive devices.
Must be able to determine that the necessary work task procedures have
been completed using applicable directives.
Must not be confused with quality assurance representative per the OPNAV
4790.2 series and OPNAV 8600.2.
Note: ONLY TM, I, TL, and QA are interrelated, SO stands alone. Progressive certification from one level to the next is
SAFETY OBSERVER (SO)
Must have sufficient knowledge and experience of applicable safety
procedures, the functioning of safety devices, and working knowledge of
work task procedures to determine subsequent reaction when safety
procedures or devices are not properly used.
Not restricted to the most senior within a unit. A junior person who
possesses the foregoing standards and demonstrates maturity may be