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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. 


Please click here to view OPA’s Registration Policies including:

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Upcoming events

    • 20 Sep 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • 24 Sep 2021
    • 5:00 PM
    • Reeves Hall - Cowan Sportplex - 895 Ridgewood Drive, Woodstock, ON N4S 7W2
    • 3


    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 link below: https://www.csagroup.org/store/product/CSA%20Z614%3A20/ (please copy link text and paste into another browser window)


    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: September 20 - 24, 2021

    TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    LOCATION: Reeves Hall - Cowan Sportplex - 895 Ridgewood Drive, Woodstock, ON N4S 7W2


    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.

    • 29 Sep 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 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: Sept 29, 2021 - PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM

                                               SEPTEMBER 30TH TO SEPTEMBER 29TH 

    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.

    • 30 Sep 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • 01 Oct 2021
    • 4:00 PM
    • Harrison Park Hall - 75 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound, ON N4K 5T2
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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: September 30, 2021 - October 1st, 2021

    TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    LOCATION: Harrison Park Hall - 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.

    • 07 Oct 2021
    • Heron Point Golf Links, 2787 Dunmark Road, Alberton (Ancaster)
    Register

    Date:             October 7, 2021 (Rain or shine!) 

    Location:       Heron Point Golf Links - 2787 Dunmark Road, Alberton (Ancaster)

    Golf Format: Assigned Tee Times


    Cost: $160 per person

    Price includes:        

    • Brown bag breakfast 
    • Golf & cart
    • Dinner
    • Various giveaways
    • 07 Oct 2021
    • Heron Point Golf Links - 2787 Dunmark Road, Alberton (Ancaster)
    • 9
    Register

    Date:  October 7, 2021 Event Schedule (Rain or shine!)


    Location: Heron Point Golf Links - 2787 Dunmark Road, Alberton (Ancaster)


    SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

    Golf Package - $2,000 - TAKEN 

    • Premium clubhouse banner position
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Signage placement on golf course
    • Your logo on giveaway
    • Complimentary golf foursome


    Golf Cart Package - $1,500 - TAKEN 

    • Recognition signage on all tournament carts
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Complimentary golf threesome


    Dinner Package - $1,500 - TAKEN 

    • Recognition signage at each dinner table
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Complimentary golf threesome


    Brown Bag Breakfast Package - $1,200 - TAKEN 

    • Recognition signage at event
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Complimentary golf twosome

    Gold Sponsor - $500

    • Signage on tee
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Complimentary individual golfer

      Contest Sponsor - $400

      • Customized signage on tee
      • Name on clubhouse banner
      • Contest options include:
        • Closest to the Pin - Ladies - TAKEN 
        • Closest to the Pin - Men - TAKEN 
        • Longest Drive - Ladies - TAKEN 
        • Longest Drive - Men - TAKEN 
        • Putting Contest - TAKEN 



      Silver Sponsor - $300

      • Signage on tee
      • Name on clubhouse banner
      • 07 Oct 2021
      • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Online - Webex
      • 18
      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: Oct 7, 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.

      • 13 Oct 2021
      • 7:30 AM
      • 14 Oct 2021
      • 3:30 PM
      • 51 Bexley St, Woodstock, ON N4S 5X7
      • 1
      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 7 eyelets)
      • 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 Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca.

      DATE: October 13 & 14, 2021
      TIME: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
      LOCATION: 51 Bexley St, Woodstock, ON N4S 5X7 

      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.

      • 08 Nov 2021
      • 8:00 AM
      • 12 Nov 2021
      • 5:00 PM
      • Town of Whitby Operations Building - 333 McKinney Drive Whitby, ON L1R 3M2
      • 0

      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: November 8 - 12, 2021

      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.

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