Over the years, fireworks have begun showing up at all sorts of holidays and events. Most people think that fireworks are only used on the 4th of July, but in reality there are many events that you probably overlook. New Year’s Eve, for instance, is another popular holiday when fireworks are commonly used. And beyond that, nightclubs use fireworks to promote bottle service and some people even place sparklers in their cake. Let’s not forget that we’re a wedding sparklers company, so there’s obviously a fair sized market there too.
However, before there were wedding sparklers, many couples chose to hire a pyrotechnician to put on a full scale show with larger grades of fireworks. With so many more weddings happening each year, many people are getting into the trade to offer affordable shows to cater to couples who can’t afford thousands of dollars. Becoming a pyrotechnician for weddings can be very lucrative if you find the right market, and becoming certified is pretty simple if you follow the legal process.
First off, each state has its own requirements for age when one is attempting to become a licensed pyrotechnician. Most states have the age set at 18, but there are some states that have made it stricter by requiring you to be the age of 21.
Training and Certifications
Second, you’ll need to attend at least one training course on pyrotechnic safety, and then pass the certification test that follows. The test will vary depending on which state you live in, but they all must meet the minimum federal requirements. You will also need to pay the fee for the course and certification testing which ranges from $300 to $1500 depending on where you live.
Also, if you plan to do large fireworks displays on your own, you’ll need to have a commercial license and a hazmat certification in order to transport your equipment and shells in a vehicle. That means you’ll be eligible for criminal checks and drug testing in order to do your shows.
Making Your Own Shells
This is usually reserved for larger pyrotechnician companies, but you may find yourself getting there one day. Most of the “big boys” make their own fireworks shells because it saves you a ton of cash and you’ll have much more control over your shows. Furthermore, you can craft your own unique effects that will have people booking you out well in advance. Having access to all of the chemicals needs to load your own shells will require extensive certification and testing, so be prepared to do your homework if you ever go this route.
No matter what stage you’re at in regards to getting your pyrotechnician certification, most people find that it pays off in the end. The hardest part about getting into the fireworks display business is competing in the market, but if you focus on a certain niche you can usually find success. Becoming a pyrotechnician so you can do weddings is a great way to get your foot into the door.
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