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Registered Playground Practitioner

Ontario Parks Association (OPA) developed the Registered Playground Practitioner Program to meet the needs of those involved with, and responsible for, the installation, inspection, and maintenance of public playspaces and playground facilities. The Ontario Parks Association instructors include experts from the industry including an architect, liability expert, lawyer, and a representative of the CSA Standards Association. 

Upon completion of the program and achievement of a passing grade in the written examination(s) the participant will be registered by the Ontario Parks Association as a "Playground Practitioner" and is qualified to inspect playgrounds. The OPA Registered Playground Practitioner Program is recognized as a playground safety course for inspectors by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.


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

Required Materials: CSA Z614-14: Children's Playspaces and Equipment (click here to purchase it from the CSA Shop)

This course is worth 5 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation

Upcoming events

    • 15 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 19 Oct 2018
    • Whitby Hydro Building ~ 98 Taunton Road East, Whitby, ON L1R 3L5
    • 19
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    REGISTERED PLAYGROUND PRACTITIONER 


    The 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

    The 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-Z614-14, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent sections of the course.

     

    Intensive 4 1/2-Day Program

    The 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

     

    Principal Instructor Peter Kells

    Industrial Designer involved with the design of playground and recreation equipment since 1984. Involved with the writing of both the CSA playground standard and other international Standards. Executive member of IPA Canada (International Association for the Child's Right to Play). Playground Inspector since 2000.

     

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

     

    The 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 Z614-14 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 ( http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/injury-prevention/z614-14/invt/27019532014 )

     


    Date:

    October 15-19, 2018


    Time:

    Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm 

    Friday 8am -3:30pm

    The course will start promptly at 8:00am each day.


    Location:

    Whitby Hydro Building - please use South Entrance ( a door will be opened for you) ~ you will need to sign in daily as an off site visitor
    98 Taunton Road East
    Whitby, ON L1R 3L5 

    Practical site: McKinney Park ~ 600 metres to the North of the classroom
    Map from class room to park (10 minute walk) ~ https://goo.gl/maps/5YU7sZC2RM82

    Parking is available at the Town of Whitby Employee parking lot across the street 333 McKinney Drive ~ Map from Employee parking lot to Hydro Building ~ https://goo.gl/maps/NyxvpsyZrr52

    COST:
    OPA Members: $1,268.00
    Non-Members: $1,498.00

    Please note: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be required to bring or buy their own lunch, coffee and snacks. 

Want to host this session? 
For this session we require a classroom that can accommodate at least 30 people and has a projector, screen, white board or flip chart available. The host facility needs to be within a short distance (preferably walking distance) to a playground that has climbing equipment, independent spring toy(s), a slide (j.r and s.r if possible) and swings for the demonstration portion of the training session.

Please email training@ontarioparksassociation.ca to find out available hosting dates.

Instructed By:


Peter Kells

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