Elgiva Box Office 01494 582 900

Elgiva Box Office 01494 582 900

ABTT Pyrotechnics Course

A one day CPD course – essential for anyone intending to use stage pyrotechnics as part of a theatrical performance.

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9am – 5PM

Member’s price £165.00+VAT

Non-member’s price £265.00+VAT

What is the Stage Pyrotechnics Safety Awareness Course?

The ABTT Stage Pyrotechnics Safety Awareness Course is a theatrical based, workshop style, training day. The course provides operational safety information from industry experienced tutors via ‘hands-on’ exercises and ‘live firing’ demonstrations. The course focuses on the safety implications associated with the use of popular, publicly available, Stage Pyrotechnic devices.

Who can do the course?

These Individual Certificated Courses are open to ABTT Members and non-members alike and are ideal for lighting/sound professionals, community theatre technicians, stage managers, students, venue managers, insurers, fire/security officers, indeed, anyone in the entertainment industry who has an interest or finds themselves associated with Stage Pyrotechnics.

What does the course cover?

• Workshop presentations and live device demonstrations
• Videos and observation exercises
• Candidates’ operation of devices and pressing buttons
• History and Accidents
• Flame Proofing and Fire implications
• Maroons, Flash Reports & Concussions and Noise
• Fragmentation Tanks (Bomb tanks)
• Flashpots, Jets, Gerbs, Robotics, Comets, Mines
• Wiring Conventions (Series/Parallel) and Electrical Testing
• Risk Assessments and Record Keeping
• Law, HSE, Storage and Transport Guidance

What will I be able to do at the end of the course?

The course will provide candidates with an opportunity to keep ‘up to date’ with ‘considered best practice’ and familiarise themselves more readily with new and current regulations, alongside forthcoming UK/EU legislation. The course will also serve as an ideal refresher for Technicians who have to produce certificates of awareness, to keep themselves ‘In date’.

The candidates will also receive a comprehensive set of notes and subject to satisfactory completion of the course, will receive a certificate, signed by the tutor, and automatic enrolment with the Association of Stage Pyrotechnicians register.

To enquire about the course please contact admin@abtt.org.uk or phone: 020 7242 9200

“What a fun packed explosive day! There was never a dull moment, the theory side of the course was most enjoyable and you get to handle the products and fire them. I loved the course and would recommend it to anyone who is even slightly interested in pyro.”

ABTT Pyrotechnics Candidate 2019

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Group Tickets (where available) and Row E (reserved for wheelchairs) are not available online. Please call the Box Office on 01494 582900 to book these tickets.


Concessionary rates are available where indicated (proof must be provided). Discounts include: over 60s, children (15 years and under), full-time students and registered disabled (and carers).


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