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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

    • 01 Dec 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Cargill Community Centre - 999 Greenock-Brant, RR1, Cargill, ON
    • 0
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    OPA is happy to announce that, in partnership with the City of Toronto, we are able to introduce our Parks Encampments: Outreach & Response One Day Workshop to our members.

    Running December 1st from 8 AM to 4 PM, this one day workshop will provide attendees with information on best practices for interacting with and handling encampments in our public parks. This course will be structured as a combination of seminar presentation and open discussion. We look forward to opening up a conversation with attendees on this sensitive and highly relevant topic, and discussing solutions to your municipality’s concerns.

    • 05 Dec 2022
    • 16 Dec 2022
    • Online - Webex
    Register

    OPA is happy to announce the launching of our Horticulture Practitioner Program developed in collaboration with Donna Zarudny, BLA, MLA., a professional career horticulturalist and professor at Humber College! Level 1 of this program will offer a new experience for OPA training, taking place over two weeks of self-guided learning, allowing attendees to work at their own pace through content covering the following topics: 


     1. Legislation  7. Turf - Mowing Skills
     2. Workplace Hazards & Safe Practices

     8. Pruning

     3. Tools

     9. Plant Health Care
     4. Small Engines  10. Plant ID - Annuals
     5. Basics of Soil Science  11. Plant ID - Perennials
     6. Bed Preparation  12. PR & Team Dynamics

    This course will be wrapped up by a final quiz and Q&A session presented online on the afternoon of December 16th, with our instructor providing answers to any questions that attendees may have throughout the 2 week period. 

    Our goal with our 3-Level Horticulture Practitioner Program is to provide valuable information for those looking to get into the field of Horticulture that will take them from newcomer to job-ready.  This program also aims to provide career advancement for those in the Horticulture field through attaining the OPA Horticulture Practitioner designation as a valuable resume asset. Each level will cover new topics or provide more depth to existing concepts, creating a strong foundation for those looking to build a career in the field of Horticulture. Levels 2 & 3 of our Horticulture Practitioner Program will be rolling out in 2023. We're looking forward to providing you with new and exciting opportunities to expand your career and enrich your knowledge!

    • 06 Dec 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online
    • 11
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    Are you or your staff aware that if you block a lane of traffic to conduct your activities, you are required by law to take specific actions? The OPA Book 7 half-day course will give you all the information you need to ensure you work in compliance with ministry requirements. You will receive a reference book to help you safely secure your lane so you can proceed with your work in a safe and ministry compliant manner.


    This course will cover:

    • When to apply Book 7 procedures

    • How to draft a traffic layout plan 

    • What personal protective clothing, signage, and pylon placement are required

    • Ontario Health and Safety Regulations


    Required materials: Please purchase a copy of the Book 7 Manual found on the ServiceOntario Publications website.


    DATE: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

    TIME: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    LOCATION:  Online - Webex (no account or download required) 


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $185.00  

    OPA Potential Member: $285.00


    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.

    • 06 Dec 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Online
    • 0
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    Are you or your staff aware that if you block a lane of traffic to conduct your activities, you are required by law to take specific actions? The OPA Book 7 half-day course will give you all the information you need to ensure you work in compliance with ministry requirements. You will receive a reference book to help you safely secure your lane so you can proceed with your work in a safe and ministry compliant manner.


    This course will cover:

    • When to apply Book 7 procedures

    • How to draft a traffic layout plan 

    • What personal protective clothing, signage, and pylon placement are required

    • Ontario Health and Safety Regulations


    Required materials: Please purchase a copy of the Book 7 Manual found on the ServiceOntario Publications website.


    DATE: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

    TIME: 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM 

    LOCATION:  Online - Webex (no account or download required) 


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $185.00  

    OPA Potential Member: $285.00


    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.

    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 4415 14th Avenue, Markham, ON
    • 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.

    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Tillsonburg Community Centre - 45 Hardy Ave, Tillsonburg, ON N4G 3W9
    • 14
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    OPA is happy to announce that, in partnership with the City of Toronto, we are able to introduce our Parks Encampments: Outreach & Response One Day Workshop to our members.

    Running December 14th from 8 AM to 4 PM, this one day workshop will provide attendees with information on best practices for interacting with and handling encampments in our public parks. This course will be structured as a combination of seminar presentation and open discussion. We look forward to opening up a conversation with attendees on this sensitive and highly relevant topic, and discussing solutions to your municipality’s concerns.

    If you are interested, please don’t hesitate to sign up, as spots will be limited.

    • 21 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 22 Mar 2023
    • 12:30 PM
    • Online
    • 24
    Register

    Ken Pavely is our sports turf expert, with 4 decades of experience in the industry, and will be leading this workshop online. Sports turf, like soccer fields, golf courses and baseball diamonds, are difficult to maintain, especially with new standards, growing populations and changing weather patterns to consider heading into 2021. This course is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to keep them in excellent condition.


    This course will cover: 

    • Challenges, Issues & Trends

    • Benefits of Grass & Sports Turf

    • Soil Types, Functions & Drainage

    • Characteristics & Selection of Grasses

    • Fertilizers & Nutrient Management

    • Cultural & Maintenance Best Practices

    • Plant Health Care & Integrated Pest Management

    • Irrigation & Water Management

    • Overview of Common Sports Facilities

    • Weather & Outdoor Sports

    • Risk Management

    • Equipment Maintenance


    OPA is excited to offer this course online, as a 2 day webinar series! Day 1 will run from 9:00am-12:00pm, and Day 2 will run from 9:00am-12:30pm, allowing 30 minutes at the end of the workshop for you to complete a 30 minute test.


    DATE: March 21 & 22, 2023

    Day 1 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Day 2 - 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM to allow for a 30 minute test at the end of the course.

    LOCATION: Online - Webex (no account or download required)


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $255.00

    OPA Potential Member: $356.00


    Special bonus for OPA members:

    Included for OPA members, is Ken’s follow up to provide one-on-one time providing email or phone consulting for your turf related issues.


    This course counts as 1 credit towards the 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.

    • 24 Apr 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 28 Apr 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • McBain Centre - 7150 Montrose Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2H 3N3
    • 11
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    COVID Policy:

    At this time, we require all registrants to wear masks for all indoor portions of the course. Proof of vaccination is no longer required to be sent in, though temperature checks will be taken at the time of entry to the classroom.

    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: April 24-28, 2022

    TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    LOCATION: McBain Centre - 7150 Montrose Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2H 3N3


    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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