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Click here to see the full list of courses OPA offers.

 

For your convenience and to help stretch your budget dollars, OPA will bring any of the courses listed here to your municipality or organization. We encourage you to let us know if you are interested even if you can only send one or two staff. We will combine your training with neighbouring organizations. Not only will this provide valuable training, but also foster and facilitate communication and experience sharing among your local and neighboring organizations. Call today to register and we will assist you through the process. 


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Upcoming events

    • 11 Mar 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online - Webex
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


    Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


    This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

    Prior to attending the training, attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614:20 standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

    DATE: March 11, 2021

    TIME: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    LOCATION: Online -  Webex (no download or account required)


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $200.00

    OPA Potential Member: $250.00


    This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 16 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 0

    OPA is excited to announce that we will offer our Book 7 Training course online for 2021, as a half-day webinar. 

    Are you or your staff aware that if you block a lane of traffic to conduct your activities, you are required by law to take specific actions? The OPA Book 7 half-day course will give you all the information you need to ensure you are compliant with ministry requirements. You will receive a reference book to help you safely secure your lane so you can proceed with your work in a safe and ministry compliant manner.


    This course will cover:

    • When to apply Book 7 procedures

    • How to draft a traffic layout plan 

    • What personal protective clothing, signage, and pylon placement are required

    • Ontario Health and Safety Regulations


    Required materials: Please purchase a copy of the Book 7 Manual found on the ServiceOntario Publications website.


    DATE: Tuesday, March 16, 2021

    TIME: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

    LOCATION:  Online - Webex (no account or download required) 


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $185.00  

    OPA Potential Member: $285.00


    This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 23 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 24 Mar 2021
    • 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 4
    Register

    Ken Pavely is our sports turf expert, with 4 decades of experience in the industry, and will be leading this workshop online. Sports turf, like soccer fields, golf courses and baseball diamonds, are difficult to maintain, especially with new standards, growing populations and changing weather patterns to consider heading into 2021. This course is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to keep them in excellent condition.


    This course will cover: 

    • Challenges, Issues & Trends

    • Benefits of Grass & Sports Turf

    • Soil Types, Functions & Drainage

    • Characteristics & Selection of Grasses

    • Fertilizers & Nutrient Management

    • Cultural & Maintenance Best Practices

    • Plant Health Care & Integrated Pest Management

    • Irrigation & Water Management

    • Overview of Common Sports Facilities

    • Weather & Outdoor Sports

    • Risk Management

    • Equipment Maintenance


    OPA is excited to offer this course online, as a 2 day webinar series! Day 1 will run from 9:00am-12:00pm, and Day 2 will run from 9:00am-12:30pm, allowing 30 minutes at the end of the workshop for you to complete a 30 minute test.


    DATE: March 23 and 24, 2021

    Day 1 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Day 2 - 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM to allow for a 30 minute test at the end of the course.

    LOCATION: Online - Webex (no account or download required)


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $255.00

    OPA Potential Member: $356.00


    Special bonus for OPA members:

    Included for OPA members, is Ken’s follow up to provide one-on-one time providing email or phone consulting for your turf related issues.


    This course counts as 1 credit towards the Parks Practitioner Designation.


    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 12 Apr 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 16 Apr 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Town of Whitby Operations Building - 333 McKinney Drive Whitby, ON L1R 3M2
    • 0

    POSTPONED UNTIL FALL DUE TO COVID-19


    If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca

    Ontario Parks Association (OPA) has developed the Registered Playground Practitioner Program to meet the needs of those involved and responsible for the hands-on inspections and maintenance of public playspaces and playground facilities.

    Safe Play - A High Priority

    Ontario Parks Association places a high priority and commitment on the provision of safe play structures in our public spaces. We want to help ensure that they are safe and accessible. OPA also emphasizes the strong need to educate caregivers, supervisors and others about the benefits of positive and safe play experiences for our children.

     

    What You Will Learn

    Attending this course will teach you about significantly lowering the risk of injuries in play areas by providing a safe outdoor learning experience for all. This course uses the CAN/CSA-Z614-20, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent sections of the course. Ontario Parks Association instructors include experts from the industry including an architect, liability expert, lawyer, representative of the CSA Standards Association and others to give in-depth training on the following topics and includes an on-site demonstration at a local playground structure:


    Playspace Strategies Playspace Evaluation Playspace Management
    space requirements playvalue and hazard identification liability and insurance
    playability inspection and maintenance due diligence
    access/egress requirements surfacing evaluation contractual obligations
    playspace design record keeping risk management
    age appropriate issues CSA overview owner/operator responsibilities
    playspace materials corrective actions employee/manager responsibilities
    playspace construction   playvalue and practical choices


    Upon completion of the program and achievement of a passing grade in the written examination(s) the participant will be registered by Ontario Parks Association as a "Playground Practitioner" and is qualified to inspect playgrounds.

     

    OPA Registered Playground Practitioner Program is recognized as a playground safety course for inspectors by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.


    Attendees are required to purchase a copy of the NEW CSA Z614 - 20 Standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy (sharing books is not permitted). Attendees can choose to either use the PDF version and bring it on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade) or the hard copy of the book. Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.


    PLEASE NOTE: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be required to bring their own lunch, coffee and snacks.

    Click here to read our Registration Policies


    COVID-19 Screening:

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are taking steps to reduce the risk of all parties involved in our training programs. Prior to attending training there will be a screening form attendees are required to complete and all attendees and instructors are required to wear face coverings at all times. If you have any of the symptoms below, you may not attend your training session. You will be able to move your registration to a future session when you are symptom free. 

    • New or worsening signs or symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, new smell or taste disorders, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, unexplained fatigue/malaise, chills, or headache?
    • Travelled outside of Canada or had close contact with anyone that has travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
    • A fever?
    • Close contact with anyone with respiratory illness or a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19?
    • Worked in a lab that tests for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
    • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days by a lab test or are you


    DATE: POSTPONED

    TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    LOCATION: Town of Whitby Operations Building - 333 McKinney Drive, Whitby, ON L1R 3M2


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $1,306.00

    OPA Potential Member: $1,543.00


    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 15 Apr 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online - Webex
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half- day update and pass the course test.


    Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


    Participants must have access to the new CSA Z614:20 standard for this course. Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.


    This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Within two weeks of the course, eligible participants will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

    DATE: April 15, 2021

    TIME: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    LOCATION: Online -  Webex (no account or download necessary)

    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $200.00

    OPA Potential Member: $250.00

    This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 20 Apr 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 9
    Register

    Ontario Parks Association is excited to announce that we have collaborated with The Plant Lady Inc. to deliver a half-day webinar called Indoor Plant Maintenance. 


    This presentation has been developed as an extensive guide to providing professional care to indoor plants in offices. 


    Since the first lockdown occurred in 2020, we have gained greater insight into the detriments of the indoor environment. Indoor plants help bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor environments, making inside spaces healthier places to be. Plants help to create warm and inviting atmospheres, reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, increase productivity, and even improve air quality. In today's world, biophilic design should be incorporated into every space and we highly encourage you to include it in your back to work plan. Indoor plants are a wonderful addition to any space, but can be difficult to properly maintain. It can be useful for organizations to designate indoor horticulturists to perform this work, which is why we are offering this training.

    This course will cover:

    • The office environment in 2021

    • Mental and physical benefits of biophilic design

    • Project planning: how to create an inclusive, practical and professional space

    • Plant, container and soil selection

    • Installation

    • Plant maintenance and service plan

    • Plant nutrition

    • Plant disease and pest management 

    • Pruning 

    There will be a 30 minute quiz at the end of this webinar. Within 2 weeks of completing this course you will receive a letter from Ontario Parks Association acknowledging your participation in the course, advanced knowledge of indoor horticulture and efforts towards helping us achieve our mandate of Protecting Tomorrow Today®

    DATE: April 20, 2021

    TIME: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

    LOCATION:  Online - Webex (no account or download required) 


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $185.00  

    OPA Potential Member: $285.00


    This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 21 Apr 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • City of Woodstock ~ Southside Parks Shop - 192 Old Wellington St S, Woodstock, ON N4S 3J3
    • 18

    POSTPONED UNTIL FALL DUE TO COVID-19


    If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


    Ball field's require regular maintenance to keep them looking good and in a safe condition for public use. This program will teach you how to maintain every aspect of your ball field, from home plate to infield through practical hands-on experiences. 


    Through this workshop you will be learning and practicing:

    • Safety Issues
    • Equipment Required
    • Home Plate Maintenance
    • Mound Maintenance
    • Edge and Lip Maintenance
    • Infield Grooming


    This course will be conducted outdoors so proper PPE is mandatory (appropriate outdoor work clothes, steel toed boots, gloves, safety glasses, ear protection etc...).

      DATE: POSTPONED UNTIL FALL

      TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      LOCATIONSouthside Parks Shop, 192 Old Wellington St S, Woodstock, ON N4S 3J3

      COURSE COST:
      OPA Member Price: $255.00
      Potential Member Price: $356.00

      *Please note that lunch is not provided at this training. We encourage you to bring a bagged lunch and water bottle. 

      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 28 Apr 2021
      • 8:00 AM (EDT)
      • 29 Apr 2021
      • 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • Harrison Park ~ 75 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound, ON N4K 5T2
      • 12

      POSTPONED UNTIL FALL DUE TO COVID-19


      If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


      This two-day course is an introduction to understand professional trail development and how it relates to trail maintenance. You will receive instruction on how to observe, detect, document and mitigate potential risk resulting from poor trail design, construction and maintenance. 


      This workshop combines in classroom theory and hands-on experiences. Participants will leave the course with a tool kit on how to create and implement a successful trail maintenance program. This course will cover all types of trails from natural surface single track to 3 metre wide crushed aggregate. 


      This course will cover:

      • Overview of Professional Trail Development
      • The Science and Art of Trail Building
      • Maintenance of Trails
      • Environmental Impacts
      • Liability Issues
      • Handwork and Trail Construction Techniques


      Participants are required to have a CSA approved hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe safety shoes/boots, and gloves. It is also recommended that the participant bring with them the following equipment to allow the opportunity for it to be integrated into the course and suit the specific needs/wants and desires of the participants.
      • Pin flags
      • Clinometer 
      • Pulaski
      • Mcleod rake
      • And/or any other trail building tools/equipment the organization, government agency or participant intends to use for trail design, building and maintenance. 

      DATE: POSTPONED

      TIME: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

      LOCATION: Harrison Park ~ 75 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound, ON N4K 5T2 


      COURSE COST

      OPA Member: $416.00

      OPA Potential Member: $653.00


      *Please note that lunch will not be provided at this training. We encourage you to bring a bagged lunch and reusable water bottle with you for both days.

      This course counts as 2 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 28 Apr 2021
      • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • City of London
      • 25

      POSTPONED UNTIL FALL DUE TO COVID-19


      If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


      This one-day Irrigation Workshop has been designed specifically for our front line parks staff, addressing irrigation issues as they pertain to parks and sports fields. The morning session will take place in-class, with the afternoon session consisting of outdoor demonstrations.


      This course will cover: 

      • Irrigation service spring and fall
      • Service and repairs with demonstrations
      • Irrigation controls 
      • New technologies - wireless soil monitoring, weather-based control and central control
      • A full afternoon of outdoor on-site demonstrations

      DATE: POSTPONED

      TIME: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

      LOCATION: City of London


      COURSE COST
      OPA Member: $255.00 
      OPA Potential Member: $356.00


      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 29 Apr 2021
      • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
      • Online - Webex
      • 16
      Register

      In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


      Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


      This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

      Prior to attending the training, attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614:20 standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

      DATE: April 29, 2021

      TIME: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

      LOCATION: Online -  Webex (no download or account required)


      COURSE COST

      OPA Member: $200.00

      OPA Potential Member: $250.00


      This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 04 May 2021
      • 8:30 AM (EDT)
      • 05 May 2021
      • 4:30 PM (EDT)
      • Online
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      With the increasing demand for spray pads in communities, are you prepared to plan for, install and maintain this type of play equipment? 


      If not— we have you covered with this training! Ontario Parks Association has developed this course to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to work with spray pads. This session is the first of its kind in North America and has been an exciting addition our training line-up at OPA. 


      Whether you are an operator, supervisor, manager, or health official, you will want to attend this exciting course to gain a stronger understanding of this increasingly popular equipment. 


      This course will cover:

      • Design philosophy
      • Considerations (ages, collaborative play, inclusive play, sensory stimulation, motor skills, etc.)
      • Selecting colours, location and patterns
      • Types of fixtures (fibreglass, stainless, aluminum, fixed and removable)
      • Determining shape and size
      • Sequencing and determining flow pattern
      • Surfacing options
      • Considerations for construction
      • Water treatment and testing
      • Flow through, recirculation and retain and reuse systems
      • Equipment (pumps, strainers and UV)
      • Inspections (daily, pre-opening and pre-season)
      • Signage
      • Winterizing
      • Ministry guidelines


      DATE: May 5, 2021

      *Please note that you will be asked to review materials and complete a brief knowledge check by May 4, prior to attending the video conference May 5.


      TIME: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

      LOCATION:  Online - Webex (no account or download required)


      COURSE COST

      OPA Member: $416.00

      OPA Potential Member: $653.00


      You will receive study materials one week prior to the event and be asked to complete a brief knowledge check by May 4 to confirm you have read them. Then, May 5, join us on Webex to listen a fantastic presentation from industry expert, Scott Bowron, participate in a Q&A with your peers, and take the final test.  


      Within 2 weeks of completing this course, you will receive a letter from Ontario Parks Association acknowledging your participation, new and advanced knowledge of spray pads, and effort towards helping us achieve our mandate of Protecting Tomorrow Today®


      This course is worth 2 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 06 May 2021
      • 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
      • Victoria Park Community Centre ~ 355 Wellington St, Ingersoll ON N5C 1T2
      • 2
      Register

      The Ministry of Labour requires that all parks professionals who use a chainsaw on the job must be trained in the safe operation of a chainsaw. This one-day course is designed for those who will use a chainsaw for limbing, bucking and felling small trees (smaller than 5” dbh) and limbs that are on the ground. Course participants will be educated about chainsaw safety, maintenance, use and handling.


      The course will cover:  

      • Chainsaw safety
      • Starting and stopping techniques
      • Chainsaw maintenance
      • PPE
      • Limbing and bucking
      • Technical cutting & small tree felling


      **PLEASE NOTE**

      PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE


      We also ask that participants wear masks and bring their own chainsaws to this training to protect against COVID-19. If you do not own a chainsaw or have access to one, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca.

      • Class E Type 2 helmet (within 5 years old)
      • Hearing protection (exceeds 85 decimals)
      • Gloves (comfortable fitting leather or composite)
      • Eye protection
      • Safety boots (Green Patch Safety approved with a minimum height of 7 eyelets)
      • Full leg chaps or chainsaw pants with UL label that is visible (3, 000 feet per minute (FPM) or greater)
      • Masks will be required at this event to protect against the spread of COVID-19
      • Hand and equipment sanitizer will be provided


      DATE: Thursday, May 6, 2021

      TIME: 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM

      LOCATION: Victoria Park Community Centre ~ 355 Wellington Street, Ingersoll, ON N5C 1T2

      COURSE COST

      OPA Member: $290.00

      OPA Potential Member: $374.00


      This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


      Please note that lunch will not be provided at this training. We encourage you to bring a bagged lunch and reusable water bottle with you for the day.

       

      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


      Click here to read our registration policies.


      Thank you and we hope to see you there!

      • 13 May 2021
      • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
      • Online - Webex
      • 19
      Register

      In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


      Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


      This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

      Prior to attending the training, attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614:20 standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

      DATE: May 13, 2021

      TIME: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

      LOCATION: Online -  Webex (no download or account required)


      COURSE COST

      OPA Member: $200.00

      OPA Potential Member: $250.00


      This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 18 May 2021
      • 8:30 AM (EDT)
      • 19 May 2021
      • 4:30 PM (EDT)
      • Online
      • 8
      Register

      With the increasing demand for spray pads in communities, are you prepared to plan for, install and maintain this type of play equipment? 


      If not— we have you covered with this training! Ontario Parks Association has developed this course to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to work with spray pads. This session is the first of its kind in North America and has been an exciting addition our training line-up at OPA. 


      Whether you are an operator, supervisor, manager, or health official, you will want to attend this exciting course to gain a stronger understanding of this increasingly popular equipment. 


      This course will cover:

      • Design philosophy
      • Considerations (ages, collaborative play, inclusive play, sensory stimulation, motor skills, etc.)
      • Selecting colours, location and patterns
      • Types of fixtures (fibreglass, stainless, aluminum, fixed and removable)
      • Determining shape and size
      • Sequencing and determining flow pattern
      • Surfacing options
      • Considerations for construction
      • Water treatment and testing
      • Flow through, recirculation and retain and reuse systems
      • Equipment (pumps, strainers and UV)
      • Inspections (daily, pre-opening and pre-season)
      • Signage
      • Winterizing
      • Ministry guidelines


      DATE: May 18 and 19, 2021

      *Please note that you will be asked to review materials and complete a brief knowledge check by May 18, prior to attending the video conference May 19.


      TIME: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

      LOCATION:  Online - Webex (no account or download required)


      COURSE COST

      OPA Member: $416.00

      OPA Potential Member: $653.00


      You will receive study materials one week prior to the event and be asked to complete a brief knowledge check by May 18 to confirm you have read them. Then, May 19, join us on Webex to listen a fantastic presentation from industry expert, Scott Bowron, participate in a Q&A with your peers, and take the final test.  


      Within 2 weeks of completing this course, you will receive a letter from Ontario Parks Association acknowledging your participation, new and advanced knowledge of spray pads, and effort towards helping us achieve our mandate of Protecting Tomorrow Today®


      This course is worth 2 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 26 May 2021
      • 8:00 AM (EDT)
      • 27 May 2021
      • 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • Pinafore Park ~ 95 Elm Street, St. Thomas, ON N5R 1H7
      • 13

      POSTPONED UNTIL FALL DUE TO COVID-19

      If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca

      This two-day course is an introduction to understand professional trail development and how it relates to trail maintenance. You will receive instruction on how to observe, detect, document and mitigate potential risk resulting from poor trail design, construction and maintenance. This workshop combines in classroom theory and hands-on experiences. Participants will leave the course with a tool kit on how to create and implement a successful trail maintenance program. This course will cover all types of trails from natural surface single track to 3 metre wide crushed aggregate. 

      This course will cover:

      • Overview of Professional Trail Development
      • The Science and Art of Trail Building
      • Maintenance of Trails
      • Environmental Impacts
      • Liability Issues
      • Handwork and Trail Construction Techniques


      Participants are required to have a CSA approved hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe safety shoes/boots, and gloves. It is also recommended that the participant bring with them the following equipment to allow the opportunity for it to be integrated into the course and suit the specific needs/wants and desires of the participants.
      • Pin flags
      • Clinometer 
      • Pulaski
      • Mcleod rake
      • And/or any other trail building tools/equipment the organization, government agency or participant intends to use for trail design, building and maintenance. 


      DATE: POSTPONED

      TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

      LOCATION: Pinafore Park ~ 95 Elm Street, St. Thomas, ON N5R 1H7

      COURSE COST

      OPA Member: $416.00

      OPA Potential Member: $653.00

      This course counts as 2 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


      *Please note that lunch will not be provided at this training. We encourage you to bring a bagged lunch and reusable water bottle with you for both days.

      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 26 May 2021
      • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • Joel Steele Community Centre ~ 577 Main Street West, Winchester, ON K0C 2K0
      • 14

      POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2022 


      If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


      Ball field's require regular maintenance to keep them looking good and in a safe condition for public use. This program will teach you how to maintain every aspect of your ball field, from home plate to infield through practical hands-on experiences. 


      Through this workshop you will be learning and practicing:

      • Safety issues
      • Equipment required
      • Home plate maintenance
      • Mound maintenance
      • Edge and lip maintenance
      • Infield grooming


      This course is hands-on and will be conducted outdoors, so proper PPE is mandatory (appropriate outdoor work clothes, steel toed boots, gloves, safety glasses, ear protection etc...). If you have any questions, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca.


        DATE: April 26, 2020

        TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

        LOCATION: Joel Steele Community Centre ~ 577 Main Street West, Winchester, ON K0C 2K0


        COURSE COST
        OPA Member Price: $255.00
        Potential Member Price: $356.00


        This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


        *Please note that lunch will not be provided at this training. We encourage you to bring a bagged lunch and reusable water bottle for the day.


        Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

        Click here to read our registration policies.

        • 01 Jun 2021
        • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
        • Online - Webex
        • 0
        Join waitlist

        In 2018, it was estimated that invasive species cost Ontario municipalities and conservation authorities $38.8M. This workshop will look at some of the top offending plant species in Southern and Central Ontario that contributed to that amount. You will be introduced to Best Management Practices (BMP) to help you develop a control strategy for each invasive plant discussed. As well, you will develop identification skills to help correctly identify these invasive species, understand their toxic properties, and the impacts they have on native landscapes.


        This half-day workshop will cover:

        • Phragmites
        • Wild Parsnip
        • Giant Hogweed
        • Buckthorn
        • Garlic Mustard
        • Dog Strangling Vine


        DATE: June 1, 2021
        TIME: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

        LOCATION:   Online - Webex (no account or download required) 

        COURSE COST

        OPA Members: $185.00

        Potential OPA Member: $285.00



        This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


        Register above online. An invoice will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your registration. Payment can be made online via the link that will be provided in your invoice, or by cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

        Click here to read our registration policies.

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