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Registered Playground Practitioner Program

  • 28 Oct 2019
  • 8:00 AM
  • 01 Nov 2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • Town of East Gwillimbury ~ East Gwillimbury Sports Complex - 1914B Mt Albert Rd, Sharon, ON L0G 1V0
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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 examinations the participant will be registered by the Ontario Parks Association as a Playground Practitioner and thereby 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 

(https://store.csagroup.org/ccrz__ProductDetails?viewState=DetailView&cartID=&portalUser=&store=&cclcl=en_US&sku=CAN%2FCSA-Z614-14 )



October 28th - November 1st, 2019 (Please note the Thursday of this training falls on Halloween) 

Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm


East Gwillimbury Sports Complex ~ Ontario Loft
1914B Mt. Albert Road 
Sharon, ON L0G 1V0

Practical location: Sharon Hills Park is a 5 min hike from the Sharon Arena (and directly behind the complex) where the classroom is.

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


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 their own lunch, coffee and snacks. 

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