Powder Actuated Tools

Course Outline

Powder Actuated Tools

General information on course

A powder-actuated tool is a device that gets its power from an explosive charge. The tool uses the expanding gas from the explosion to drive a fastener into materials such as masonry, concrete, steel, and other hard surfaces. Only trained, competent, and authorized persons are permitted to operate a PAT. Unauthorized or improper use of a PAT could result in serious injury or death. This course is designed for participants to develop the correct operating procedures in handling, maintaining, firing and storing powder actuated tools. Participants must successfully complete and pass both the theoretical and practical components of this course to receive their record of training (ROT).


Can be a half day depending on the size of the group and participant interaction.

Who Should Attend:

Individuals who supervise PAT operators or operate a PAT as part of their day-to-day job activities.



After successfully completing this portion of the course, participants will understand:

  • The legislative requirements (Government Regulations, CSA Standards and Manufacturers’ Guidelines and Principles);
  • The duties and responsibilities of workplace stakeholders;
  • Methods and procedures for the operation of a PAT according to manufacturer and safety standards;
  • What personal protective equipment is required and its proper use;
  • The uses of various fasteners and PAT parts.


To successfully pass this course, participants must demonstrate the following:

  • The ability to properly select a powder load and a fastener in relation to the application;
  • The ability to operate a PAT in wood, steel and concrete applications.

By means of group discussion, case studies and one-on-one instruction, participants will gain the ability to apply what they learn in this course.

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