No, you are not required to become PGI Certified. The choice to become Certified depends on your individual circumstances.
Many shooters and crew members take this class even if they may never need Certification and never plan to be a LEAD SHOOTER. This training class provides a basic level of knowledge which we feel helps make you a safer, more informed shooter or crew member no matter what your role in displays.
The PGI D.O.C. Course was designed following NFPA Codes because virtually EVERY fireworks insurer and most states REQUIRE you to follow NFPA Codes.
If you are the LEAD SHOOTER of Displays, you may want to opt for Certification because: