You should permit only reliable, mentally sound,
and physically fit persons to work with or use explosives
and ammunition. Make sure their qualification and
certification are current.
Personnel qualify at various levels, such as team
member, quality assurance, and safety observer. We
discuss the different qualification levels in later para-
Explosive devices are segregated into representa-
tive family types. That prevents the need for personnel
to qualify on every type of ordnance or ammunition.
Personnel qualify by demonstrating their skills before a
certified member of the certification board. They show
each evolution they will perform (for example,
assembly and testing) on the specific explosive device,
represented by a family type of device, if appropriate.
The person qualifying must know the documentation,
such as a technical manual, that applies to each device
and how to use it.
As with any qualification process in the Navy, there
are different levels and minimum standards for
certification. The qualification levels and corresponding
basic qualification standards are as follows:
1. Team Member (TM): Members must have an
awareness of basic safety precautions about the work
task and explosive devices concerned. They must have
received formal or on-the-job training and must have
been recommended by their immediate supervisor.
NOTE: TM qualified personnel will perform in team
concept only under supervision of a Team Leader.
2. Individual/Team Leader (I/TL): Team Leaders
must have the same basic qualifications as a TM. They
must have sufficient knowledge and must have
demonstrated the skill required to be entrusted with
performing the work task alone or to direct the
performance of others in safe and reliable operations.
They must be capable of interpreting the requirements
of applicable checklists and assembly/operating
3. Quality Assurance (QA): QA personnel must
have the same basic qualifications as an I/TL. They must
have a detailed knowledge of applicable inspection
criteria for the explosive/device system. They must be
able to determine whether an explosive device/system
is functioning properly while in use. They must be able
to determine whether the individual followed necessary
assembly or installation procedures according to
4. Instructor (IN): Instructors must have the same
basic qualification as an I/TE. They must have the
required skills to instruct others and provide formal
training using an approved course of instruction.
5. Safety Observer (SO): Safety observers must
know enough about safety procedures and the
functioning of safety devices to decide on actions
needed to counter improperly used procedures or safety
devices. NOTE: This level of qualification does not
build on any other level of qualification.
The commanding officer or officer in charge (OIC)
of each unit or naval activity involved with explosives
appoints a certification board. This board includes, as a
minimum, the responsible department head (or
comparable supervisory representative if not a
department). The board also includes at least one person,
E-6 or above, certified to perform the task, function, or
evolution. In large units, such as aircraft carriers or
weapons stations/ammunition depots, the department
head may delegate the responsibility for certification.
Additional personnel from within or outside the
command may increase the board as appointed by the
commanding officer or OIC.
Once qualified and recommended, personnel
receive their final certification. The commanding
officer, OIC, or the appointed head of the certification
board issues the final certification. You must make sure
this information gets entered into your peoples training
or personnel record. In addition, you must keep a
certification sheet (fig. 9-1) in the operating area for
each person performing operations covered by an oper-
ating procedure. Activities may vary the certification
sheet formats to satisfy specific requirements.
Duration of Certification
Certification, unless revoked, is valid for a
maximum of 12 months. The certification board
confirms a renewal of the certification, whether issued
at the time of expiration or later. The certification covers
an individual or a team qualification. If possible, you
should completely requalify personnel before renewing