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Education and Training


UPDATE: All OPA in-class training sessions have been postponed until after September 1, 2020 due to COVID-19. If you were scheduled to attend a training session, please check you email for further details. Please be sure to watch your email for notices of online training sessions!

Wondering how other municipalities are dealing with COVID-19 related issues? Check out the Discussion Forum where you can post questions and read discussion threads on how others are responding.

Please note that our office will be closed until further notice, with staff working remotely during this time. Please contact us by email if you have any questions or concerns. 

Did you know new and young workers are 4x more likely to get injured within their first month on the job than any other time? This is because they are not properly trained, unaware of the hazards, afraid to ask questions and/or unsure of what to expect.

Our training sessions are instructed by industry experts, all across Ontario. Through a combination of in-class theory and hands-on experience, attendees leave confident in their new skills, and ready to take on additional responsibilities in their workplace. We are always working to develop new courses based on feedback, and to continue to meet the needs of our members

For your convenience and to help stretch your budget dollars, OPA will bring any of our courses 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 promote your training to neighbouring organizations to fill the course and foster opportunities for networking with other people in the industry.


If you have questions about any of the OPA training sessions or are interested in hosting a session  please click here to email the Training Department.


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Parks Practitioner Designation Program

Parks employees are a wealth of experience and knowledge, and we want to help recognize that. We hope applying for the Intermediate and Advanced designations in this program will assist members in planning their professional development goals, and give them confidence in the knowledge they have in their field. This program will also help employers confidently choose employees, knowing they have the skills required to competently do the job.

Parks Practitioner Application Form

Upcoming Training

    • 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.

    • 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
      • 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.

      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.

      • 03 May 2021
      • (EDT)
      • 12 May 2021
      • (EDT)
      • 3 sessions
      • Online - Webex (Link will be provided via email to registrants)
      • 4
      Register

      Managing trails is about managing risk. Offering trail opportunities creates a significant community asset with immense tangible and intangible benefits. Balanced against these positive effects comes an obligation and responsibility to do it right. There is an inherent tension between providing recreation opportunities and at the same time protecting against their possible negative side effects. This is the mediating role risk management plays. This live webinar lays the foundation for trail builders, managers and volunteers to plan and organize their risk management practices. This introductory theory course is part 1 of a two-part risk management module, which is the foundation course for the Ontario Trails Council’s full Trail Management Training program.

      The theory session covers:

      • Mandatory baseline risk management practices
      • The legal environment and defenses against negligence
      • Risk management systems and user safety
      • Access, information and signage principles

      This live webinar is taught by Jeff Jackson, Ph.D., a recognized expert in trail risk management and long-time facilitator of the OTC’s risk management training. His experience ranges from provincial level policy development, expert opinion in trail-based legal proceedings, publishing a number of risk management chapters in trail related publications, and work as a trail builder and manager in both winter and summer.

      NOTE: This 7.5 hour training program will be delivered via three 2.5 hour online sessions - May 3, 10 and 12 from 9:30 AM to Noon.

      This course is being delivered in partnership with Ontario Trails Council and counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

      Please register online, an invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can then 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.

      • 03 May 2021
      • (EDT)
      • 12 May 2021
      • (EDT)
      • 3 sessions
      • Online - Webex (Link will be provided via email to registrants)
      • 13
      Register

      Managing trails is about managing risk. Offering trail opportunities creates a significant community asset with immense tangible and intangible benefits. Balanced against these positive effects comes an obligation and responsibility to do it right. There is an inherent tension between providing recreation opportunities and at the same time protecting against their possible negative side effects. This is the mediating role risk management plays. This live webinar lays the foundation for trail builders, managers and volunteers to plan and organize their risk management practices. This introductory theory course is part 1 of a two-part risk management module, which is the foundation course for the Ontario Trails Council’s full Trail Management Training program.

      The theory session covers:

      • Mandatory baseline risk management practices
      • The legal environment and defenses against negligence
      • Risk management systems and user safety
      • Access, information and signage principles

      This live webinar is taught by Jeff Jackson, Ph.D., a recognized expert in trail risk management and long-time facilitator of the OTC’s risk management training. His experience ranges from provincial level policy development, expert opinion in trail-based legal proceedings, publishing a number of risk management chapters in trail related publications, and work as a trail builder and manager in both winter and summer.

      NOTE: This 7.5 hour training program will be delivered via three 2.5 hour online sessions - May 3, 10 and 12, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

      This course is being delivered in partnership with Ontario Trails Council.

      Please register online, an invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can then 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
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      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
      • 15
      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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

        • 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.

        • 21 Jun 2021
        • 8:00 AM (EDT)
        • 25 Jun 2021
        • 5:00 PM (EDT)
        • City of Woodstock ~ Southside Park
        • 0
        Join waitlist


        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. This course will be held fully outdoors. 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: June 21 - 25, 2021

        TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

        LOCATION: City of Woodstock ~ Southside Park


        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.

      Past events

      15 Apr 2021 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      23 Mar 2021 Sports Turf Maintenance
      11 Mar 2021 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      23 Feb 2021 Parks Operations & Maintenance Webinar Series
      19 Feb 2021 Training Coordinator Opportunity
      11 Feb 2021 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      23 Nov 2020 Sports Turf Maintenance (formerly Managing & Maintaining Your Sports Turf Infrastructure)
      19 Nov 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      18 Nov 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      22 Oct 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      21 Oct 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      20 Oct 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      30 Sep 2020 Invasive Species Workshop
      28 Sep 2020 How to Play Safe During COVID-19
      24 Sep 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      23 Sep 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      22 Sep 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      17 Sep 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      16 Sep 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      15 Sep 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
      13 Jul 2020 Spray Pad Practitioner Online
      23 Jun 2020 Spray Pad Practitioner Training Program
      22 Jun 2020 Spray Pad Practitioner Online
      09 Jun 2020 Trails Specialist Workshop
      27 May 2020 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training - One Day
      26 May 2020 Trails Specialist Workshop
      20 May 2020 Spray Pad Practitioner Training Program
      13 May 2020 Ball Diamond Maintenance and Best Practices Workshop
      06 May 2020 Refresher Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training
      04 May 2020 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
      28 Apr 2020 Irrigation Technician Workshop
      22 Apr 2020 Practical Ball Field Clinic
      20 Apr 2020 Parks Operations & Maintenance
      31 Mar 2020 Basic Chipper Operations & Safe Handling Training
      30 Mar 2020 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training ~ One Day
      25 Mar 2020 Invasive Species Workshop
      23 Mar 2020 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
      02 Mar 2020 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
      27 Feb 2020 64th Annual Parks Education Forum - Sponsorship Opportunities
      27 Feb 2020 64th Annual Parks Education Forum - Delegate Registration
      27 Feb 2020 64th Annual Parks Education Forum - Vendor Table Top Displays
      18 Nov 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
      05 Nov 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
      28 Oct 2019 Registered Playground Practitioner Program
      08 Oct 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training ~ One Day
      23 Sep 2019 Trails Specialist Workshop
      19 Jun 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
      17 Jun 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
      13 Jun 2019 Spray Pad Practitioner Training Program
      06 Jun 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
      05 Jun 2019 Refresher Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training
      28 May 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training ~ One Day
      15 May 2019 Trails Specialist Workshop
      15 May 2019 Ball Diamond Maintenance and Best Practices Workshop
      13 May 2019 Spray Pad Practitioner Training Program
      08 May 2019 Ball Diamond Maintenance and Best Practices Workshop
      01 May 2019 Ball Diamond Maintenance and Best Practices Workshop
      24 Apr 2019 Irrigation Technician Workshop
      17 Apr 2019 Train the Trainer Workshop
      08 Apr 2019 Registered Playground Practitioner Program
      01 Apr 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
      18 Mar 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
      28 Feb 2019 63rd Annual Parks Education Forum - Delegate Registration
      28 Feb 2019 63rd Annual Parks Education Forum - Sponsorship Opportunities
      28 Feb 2019 63rd Annual Parks Education Forum - Vendor Table Top Displays - SOLD OUT!!
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