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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. 


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Upcoming events

    • 31 May 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 2800 Rutherford R, Vaughan, ON L4K 2N9
    • 0

    According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between 1992 and 2002 a total of 31 occupational injury deaths were attributable to mobile brush chippers. 68% of fatalities were the result of being caught or compressed by the chipper, and 29% deaths were the result of being struck by the machine or a machine part. This one-day program will help your employees understand how to work safely with and around a chipper.

    This course will cover:

    • Safety regulations and PPE 
    • Identify existing and potential hazards
    • Routine checks and maintenance
    • Recognizing and avoiding risks 
    • Safe operating techniques
    • Pre-start Inspections
    • Shut down procedures

    PPE required to attend this session:

    • CSA Approved Type 1 or Type 2 Class C or E helmet (within 5 years old) 
    • Hearing protection 
    • Gloves with narrow cuffs (so branches don't snag them)
    • Eye protection
    • Safety boots (Green Patch Safety approved with a minimum height of 7 eyelets)
    • Full leg chaps or ballistic pants (recommended but not required)


    This course is worth 1 credit towards the Parks Practitioner Designation.

    • 01 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 AM
    • 02 Jun 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Legends on the Niagara - 9172 Willoughby Drive, Niagara Falls, ON
    • 3
    Register

    The Department of Labour requires that all parks professionals who use chainsaws on the job be trained in their safe operation. This two-day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

     

    The course will cover:

    • Safety regulations and PPE
    • Identification and inspection of all chainsaw safety components
    • Inspection and adjustment of a chainsaw
    • Starting and stopping techniques
    • Safe handling of a chainsaw
    • Woodlot assessment and hazards
    • Felling techniques for trees greater then 5" dbh
    • Bucking and limbing
    • Pole saw and cutting attachments
    • Competence test

    **PLEASE NOTE**

    PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

    • 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 6 eyelets (Blundstone work boots are NOT acceptable for chainsaw operations)
    • Full leg chaps or chainsaw pants with UL label that is visible (3000 feet per minute (FPM) or greater)
    • Masks will be required at this event to protect against COVID-19


    In the past, OPA has supplied chainsaws. However, we now ask that you bring your own. If you do not have your own chainsaw or access to one, please email training@ontarioparksassociation.ca.

    DATE: June 1 & 2, 2022
    TIME: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    LOCATION: Legends on the Niagara - 9172 Willoughby Drive, Niagara Falls, ON

    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $475.00
    OPA Potential Member:  $611.00

    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 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.

    • 07 Jun 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • 08 Jun 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • Thames Campus Arena - 999 Grand Ave W, Chatham-Kent, ON
    • 5
    Register

    As this session will be held in-person, we will be keeping a close eye on any current COVID-19 protocols to ensure we are able to safely run the event. While we have entered a new set of lockdown restrictions, we will continue to open registration for this event to allow members adequate registration time. Should any changes need to be made to the date or the session be unable to proceed, we will be happy to provide refunds or credits to any registrants. 


    COVID PROTOCOLS:

    To ensure compliance with COVID protocols, all registrants must be able to provide proof of two (2) vaccine doses via the required QR code both upon registration (via email) and on the day of the training along with valid ID. Those with a medical exemption must provide proof of this exemption through the required QR code, and will need to provide a negative COVID test taken the morning of the training. Admittance will not be provided for those that arrive at the training without the required documentation, and refunds will not be issued for those who are not admitted for that reason. 


    COURSE INFORMATION:

    With the increasing demand for spray pads in communities, are you prepared to plan for, install and maintain this type of play equipment? 

    If not, we have you covered with this training! Ontario Parks Association has developed this course to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to work with spray pads. This session is the first of its kind in North America and has been an exciting addition our training line-up at OPA. 


    Whether you are an operator, supervisor, manager, or health official, you will want to attend this exciting course to gain a stronger understanding of this increasingly popular equipment. 


    This course will cover:

    • Design philosophy
    • Considerations (ages, collaborative play, inclusive play, sensory stimulation, motor skills, etc.)
    • Selecting colours, location and patterns
    • Types of fixtures (fibreglass, stainless, aluminum, fixed and removable)
    • Determining shape and size
    • Sequencing and determining flow pattern
    • Surfacing options
    • Considerations for construction
    • Water treatment and testing
    • Flow through, recirculation and retain and reuse systems
    • Equipment (pumps, strainers and UV)
    • Inspections (daily, pre-opening and pre-season)
    • Signage
    • Winterizing
    • Ministry guidelines


    DATE: June 7 & 8, 2022

    TIME: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    LOCATION:  Thames Campus Arena - 999 Grand Ave W, Chatham-Kent, ON


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $416.00

    OPA Potential Member: $653.00


    You will receive study materials one week prior to the event and be asked to complete a brief knowledge check by May 18 to confirm you have read them. Then, May 19, join us on Webex to listen a fantastic presentation from industry expert, Scott Bowron, participate in a Q&A with your peers, and take the final test.  


    Within 2 weeks of completing this course, you will receive a letter from Ontario Parks Association acknowledging your participation, new and advanced knowledge of spray pads, and effort towards helping us achieve our mandate of Protecting Tomorrow Today®


    This course is worth 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.

    • 16 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 AM
    • 17 Jun 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Goderich, ON
    • 4
    Register

    The Department of Labour requires that all parks professionals who use chainsaws on the job be trained in their safe operation. This two-day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

     

    The course will cover:

    • Safety regulations and PPE
    • Identification and inspection of all chainsaw safety components
    • Inspection and adjustment of a chainsaw
    • Starting and stopping techniques
    • Safe handling of a chainsaw
    • Woodlot assessment and hazards
    • Felling techniques for trees greater then 5" dbh
    • Bucking and limbing
    • Pole saw and cutting attachments
    • Competence test

    **PLEASE NOTE**

    PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

    • 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 6 eyelets (Blundstone work boots are NOT acceptable for chainsaw operations)
    • Full leg chaps or chainsaw pants with UL label that is visible (3000 feet per minute (FPM) or greater)
    • Masks will be required at this event to protect against COVID-19


    In the past, OPA has supplied chainsaws. However, we now ask that you bring your own. If you do not have your own chainsaw or access to one, please email training@ontarioparksassociation.ca.

    DATE: June 16 & 17, 2022
    TIME: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    LOCATION: Goderich, ON

    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $475.00
    OPA Potential Member:  $611.00

    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 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.

    • 20 Jun 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 24 Jun 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hanover P & H Centre - 269 7th Ave, Hanover, ON N4N 2H5
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    As this session will be held in-person, we will be keeping a close eye on current COVID-19 protocols to ensure we are able to safely run the event. We will continue to open registration for this event to allow members adequate registration time. Should any changes need to be made to the date or the session be unable to proceed, we will be happy to provide refunds or credits to any registrants. 

    Event Details:

    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: June 20 - 24, 2022

    TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    LOCATION: Hanover P & H Centre - 269 7th Ave, Hanover, ON N4N 2H5


    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.

    • 22 Jun 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • Mohawk Park - 51 Lynnwood Dr, Brantford, ON N3S 6S3
    • 14
    Register

    As this session will be held in-person, we will be keeping a close eye on any current COVID-19 protocols to ensure we are able to safely run the event. While we have entered a new set of lockdown restrictions, we will continue to open registration for this event to allow members adequate registration time. Should any changes need to be made to the date or the session be unable to proceed, we will be happy to provide refunds or credits to any registrants. 


    COVID PROTOCOLS:

    To ensure compliance with COVID protocols, all registrants must be able to provide proof of two (2) vaccine doses via the required QR code both upon registration (via email) and on the day of the training along with valid ID. Those with a medical exemption must provide proof of this exemption through the required QR code, and will need to provide a negative COVID test taken the morning of the training. Admittance will not be provided for those that arrive at the training without the required documentation, and refunds will not be issued for those who are not admitted for that reason. 


    COURSE INFORMATION:

    With the increasing demand for spray pads in communities, are you prepared to plan for, install and maintain this type of play equipment? 

    If not, we have you covered with this training! Ontario Parks Association has developed this course to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to work with spray pads. This session is the first of its kind in North America and has been an exciting addition our training line-up at OPA. 


    Whether you are an operator, supervisor, manager, or health official, you will want to attend this exciting course to gain a stronger understanding of this increasingly popular equipment. 


    This course will cover:

    • Design philosophy
    • Considerations (ages, collaborative play, inclusive play, sensory stimulation, motor skills, etc.)
    • Selecting colours, location and patterns
    • Types of fixtures (fibreglass, stainless, aluminum, fixed and removable)
    • Determining shape and size
    • Sequencing and determining flow pattern
    • Surfacing options
    • Considerations for construction
    • Water treatment and testing
    • Flow through, recirculation and retain and reuse systems
    • Equipment (pumps, strainers and UV)
    • Inspections (daily, pre-opening and pre-season)
    • Signage
    • Winterizing
    • Ministry guidelines


    DATE: June 22 & 23, 2022

    TIME: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    LOCATION:  Mohawk Park - 51 Lynnwood Dr, Brantford, ON N3S 6S3


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $416.00

    OPA Potential Member: $653.00


    You will receive study materials one week prior to the event and be asked to complete a brief knowledge check by May 18 to confirm you have read them. Then, May 19, join us on Webex to listen a fantastic presentation from industry expert, Scott Bowron, participate in a Q&A with your peers, and take the final test.  


    Within 2 weeks of completing this course, you will receive a letter from Ontario Parks Association acknowledging your participation, new and advanced knowledge of spray pads, and effort towards helping us achieve our mandate of Protecting Tomorrow Today®


    This course is worth 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.

    • 18 Aug 2022
    • 7856 5th Line South, Milton, ON and 364 College Ave E Guelph, Wellington Co, Ontario, N1G 2W1

    Save the date!

    Event details for this awesome annual event will follow in 2022.


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