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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. 


Please click here to view OPA’s Registration Policies including:

· Cancellation / Substitution and Transfer Policy

· Privacy Statement

· Waiver / Disclaimer

Upcoming events

    • 28 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom (call details will be provided in confirmation email)
    Register

    What is Yardstick?

    The Yardstick benchmarking program provides management, financial and planning information for parks, open space and facilities managers.

    Why Attend the User Group Meeting & Information Session?

    If you are a current project participant, this is your opportunity to review the results of the project for the past year, discuss the implications of these results, and take part in discussions regarding potential enhancements and refinements for next year’s benchmarking. And new this year, you also get to showcase one of your parks or facilities that you think everyone should see. Share with the rest of the group a 5 minute virtual tour of your pride and joy!

    If you are not a project participant, see if you can answer any or all of the following:

    • How many hectares of parkland do you provide per 1000 residents?
    • What is it costing you per hectare to provide this level of service?
    • How many playgrounds do you provide per 1000 children and what are they costing to maintain?
    • How many street trees do you provide per kilometre of road, and what is your annual expenditure per street tree?

    Were you able to answer all, or at least most of the questions above? If not, don’t worry, you are not alone! Most members of the Yardstick project had the same problem, until they started benchmarking. Now they are able to confidently respond to those, and many other questions, while providing quantifiable data to support their claims!

    Join us to learn about Yardstick, see for yourself how the project works, and speak with current participants to find out how Yardstick has proven to be of value in their municipalities. It is yet another webinar, but it’s one you will be glad you attended!

    Presenter: Troy Sykes

    Cost: ***FREE***

    Although it is free to attend this event, please register yourself and guest(s), the Zoom call details will be provided in your confirmation email.


    • 17 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 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.

    NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

    Click here to read our Registration Policies

    • 18 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 12
    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.

    NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

    Click here to read our Registration Policies

    • 19 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 9
    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.

    NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

    Click here to read our Registration Policies

    • 21 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Moonstone
    • 1
    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 -  CHAINSAWS WILL NOT BE SUPPLIED FOR THIS TRAINING SESSION. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A CHAINSAW, PLEASE EMAIL TRAINING@ONTARIOPARKSASSOCIATION.CA

    DATE: Saturday November 21, 2020

    TIME: 8:00am to 4:00pm

    LOCATION: Moonstone

    COURSE COST:
    • OPA Members: $290.00
    • Potential Members: $374.00

    PLEASE NOTE - PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

    • CSA Approved Type 1 or Type 2 Class C or E helmet (less than 5 years old)
    • Hearing protection (exceeds 85 decimals)
    • Gloves (comfortable fitting leather or composite)
    • Eye protection
    • Safety boots (Green Patch Safety approved with ankle protection - minimum height of 7 eyelets - safety shoes or Blundstones are not acceptable)
    • Full leg chaps or chainsaw pants with UL label that is visible (3000 feet per minute (FPM) or greater)


    Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please pack a lunch for this day.

     

    Register online and we will send an invoice to you, payment can be made via credit card once the invoice has been sent to your email, a cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710 or 6720).

    PLEASE NOTE - DUE TO COVID-19, THE THEORY PORTION OF THIS COURSE WILL BE DELIVERED ONLINE. MATERIALS AND A BRIEF QUIZ WILL BE SENT TO YOU NOV 13 2020. YOU MUST REVIEW THE MATERIAL AND PASS THE QUIZ BEFORE ATTENDING PRACTICAL.

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