Just got my "Pyrotechnician Certificate of Competence" card in the mail today. It's a photo ID card exactly like the NYS Explosives License card. Valid for 3 years from issue date. Has the class - in my case, "Class: B Non Proximate Audience Only". States "This card must be carried when using pyrotechnics".
The regulation states "Every pyrotechnic display conducted in New York on or after October 4, 2009, will have to have at least one lead pyrotechnician who possesses a certificate of competence issued by the Commissioner of Labor. Not every operator will need to have a certificate of competence: uncertified operators will be allowed to work under the direct supervision and control of a certified pyrotechnician. That approach will provide apprenticeship opportunities for new operators to gain the experience necessary to qualify for a certification in the future. It will also allow out of state, as well as local, operators the opportunity to work on a show without having to obtain their own certificate of competence."
Of course, NYC has, or will have, its own certification of some sort. That doesn't matter much to me, as I'm upstate.