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Registered Playground Practitioner

Instructed By:

Peter Kells

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 Z614-20: Children's Playspaces and Equipment (purchase it from the CSA Shop)

This course is worth 5 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

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.

Here's what people say about this course: 

  • "A lot of information, but a very good course"
  • "Peter is a great knowledgeable instructor!"
  • "Very informative and covered all aspects"
  • "Peter does a good job to keep people involved"
  • "Very impressive, the daily guest speakers are a perfect addition to the course"
  • "A really interesting course"
  • "Great job - thanks for all of the knowledge"
For more information on hosting or attending, please send an email referencing the course title to training@ontarioparksassociation.ca
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