In 2009, a court ruling removed the requirement to have a Federal Low Explosives Permit (LEUP) in order to buy and transport high power rocket motors. A California Pyrotechnic Operator-Class III does need to be supervising any high power flights.
LUNAR has a WIKI and mail list for Class 3 information and discussions.
Tony Cooper has an excellent WEB page outlining the Class 3 process.
The process isn't hard. The requirements and the test material is taken directly from NAR Level 2 material, with a heavy emphasis on site dimensions and distances. Since I think most of the L2 test should be a L1 test anyway, I really like the idea of taking the Pyro Class 3 test prior to being able to certify L1.
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