Benefits of Membership

APA University
Free access to this online learning center designed to provide members and their employees with additional resources to advance the knowledge and skills needed to assist them in performing their jobs in a safe and effective way.
Current courses include: 
•            New - Display Operator Refresher Training
•           Transportation of Fireworks & Hazardous Material Handling Safety, Refresher Training
•           General DOT Transport Security Refresher Training
•           Back Injury Prevention
•           Sexual Harassment
•           First Aid Training/Bloodborne Pathogens
•           Environmental Health and Awareness
•           Hazard Communication Training
•           Ladder Safety

The APA is the voice of the fireworks industry on Capitol Hill and within regulatory agencies such as DOT, ATF, and CPSC.  If your company has a unique situation or regulatory issue the APA, with its established relationships, can serve as your liaison with government and congressional officials to help resolve it.

Code Development
APA works with the NFPA and other code development organizations to ensure that fireworks related codes and standards are not overly burdensome or restrictive for the fireworks industry. 

Permanent APA committees and task groups provide forums for members to share their expertise and collectively work to address common industry problems and to discover potential opportunities.   

The APA keeps its members up-to-date on the very latest matters that impact their businesses through   monthly news summaries, advisories, alerts, and memos. The members’ only portion of the APA website offers a wealth of information and resources.

Compliance Assistance
No single company could match the technical expertise offered members through the APA staff, consultants, and legal counsel.  APA helps members navigate the tangled web of ever changing regulations and laws pertaining to the transportation, storage, and use of fireworks.

Future Industry Leaders
Participating in APA meetings and serving on APA committees are excellent ways for younger industry members to develop professionally and prepare them for future industry leadership rolls.

Emergency Response System (ERS)
APA’s ERS (administered by ChemTel) allows members to meet their DOT emergency response obligations at a fraction of what a stand alone policy would cost. 

Industry Facts & Information
The APA compiles industry statistics and facts, and serves as a central information source on regulatory actions and other matters pertinent to the pyrotechnics industry.  When members of the media or general public have questions about fireworks, the first call they make is to the APA.

Networking Opportunities
APA meetings and conventions provide forums for interaction with other leaders of the industry.  Attendees hear from a variety of speakers, including high level representatives from federal agencies and Congress who set the policy agenda in Washington. 

APA develops educational DVDs, publications, and training programs that explain regulations and encourage training and safety.  

Public Relations
APA serves as the public “face” of the industry, conducting hundreds of press interviews each year thereby strengthening the image of the industry and confidence in the safety of its products & services.

Technical Support
APA’s Executive Director and technical consultants are on-call 24-7 to offer members technical support and expertise, particularly crisis management in the event of an incident.  If your company is facing an unexpected compliance audit, APA staff will help you prepare and avoid penalties. 

As an APA member, you and your staff will be eligible to take courses including HazMat Training, OSHA Compliance, Enforcement Officials Fireworks Overview, and more.  Not only are these offered during association meetings but there are numerous on-line courses available through the APA University.