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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

    • 03 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 12 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Online - Webex (Link will be provided via email to registrants)
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Managing trails is about managing risk. Offering trail opportunities creates a significant community asset with immense tangible and intangible benefits. Balanced against these positive effects comes an obligation and responsibility to do it right. There is an inherent tension between providing recreation opportunities and at the same time protecting against their possible negative side effects. This is the mediating role risk management plays. This live webinar lays the foundation for trail builders, managers and volunteers to plan and organize their risk management practices. This introductory theory course is part 1 of a two-part risk management module, which is the foundation course for the Ontario Trails Council’s full Trail Management Training program.

    The theory session covers:

    • Mandatory baseline risk management practices
    • The legal environment and defenses against negligence
    • Risk management systems and user safety
    • Access, information and signage principles

    This live webinar is taught by Jeff Jackson, Ph.D., a recognized expert in trail risk management and long-time facilitator of the OTC’s risk management training. His experience ranges from provincial level policy development, expert opinion in trail-based legal proceedings, publishing a number of risk management chapters in trail related publications, and work as a trail builder and manager in both winter and summer.

    NOTE: This 7.5 hour training program will be delivered via three 2.5 hour online sessions - May 3, 10 and 12 from 9:30 AM to Noon.

    This course is being delivered in partnership with Ontario Trails Council and counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

    Please register online, an invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can then 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.

    • 03 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 12 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Online - Webex (Link will be provided via email to registrants)
    • 11

    Managing trails is about managing risk. Offering trail opportunities creates a significant community asset with immense tangible and intangible benefits. Balanced against these positive effects comes an obligation and responsibility to do it right. There is an inherent tension between providing recreation opportunities and at the same time protecting against their possible negative side effects. This is the mediating role risk management plays. This live webinar lays the foundation for trail builders, managers and volunteers to plan and organize their risk management practices. This introductory theory course is part 1 of a two-part risk management module, which is the foundation course for the Ontario Trails Council’s full Trail Management Training program.

    The theory session covers:

    • Mandatory baseline risk management practices
    • The legal environment and defenses against negligence
    • Risk management systems and user safety
    • Access, information and signage principles

    This live webinar is taught by Jeff Jackson, Ph.D., a recognized expert in trail risk management and long-time facilitator of the OTC’s risk management training. His experience ranges from provincial level policy development, expert opinion in trail-based legal proceedings, publishing a number of risk management chapters in trail related publications, and work as a trail builder and manager in both winter and summer.

    NOTE: This 7.5 hour training program will be delivered via three 2.5 hour online sessions - May 3, 10 and 12, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

    This course is being delivered in partnership with Ontario Trails Council.

    Please register online, an invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can then 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 May 2021
    • 6:30 AM (EDT)
    • 13 May 2021
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Coronation Yard ~ 711 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M5V 3T7
    • 0

    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 than 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 to protect against the spread of COVID-19


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


    DATE: May 12 and 13, 2021
    TIME: 6:30 AM-  2:30 PM
    LOCATION: Coronation Yard ~ 
    711 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M5V 3T7 

    COURSE COST
    OPA Member: $475.00
    OPA Potential Member:  $611.00

    This training counts as 2 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 13 May 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online - Webex
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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: May 13, 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.

    • 18 May 2021
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • 19 May 2021
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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: May 18 and 19, 2021

    *Please note that you will be asked to review materials and complete a brief knowledge check by May 18, prior to attending the video conference May 19.


    TIME: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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


    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.

    • 20 May 2021
    • 6:30 AM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Coronation Yard ~ 711 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M5V 3T7
    • 2

    OPA requires Chainsaw Card Holders to refresh their knowledge of safe saw techniques every three 3 years. This one (1) day refresher seminar helps satisfy these requirements.


    PLEASE NOTE: Only those who have attended the Two (2) Day OPA Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training course at least three years prior are eligible for this course. Once registered the OPA office will validate your eligibility to attend this training and we will then send an invoice for payment.


    Prerequisite: Successful completion of the OPA Two Day Parks Oriented Chainsaw Safety Training course.


    The course will cover:

    • PPE & Legislative Requirements 
    • Chainsaw Maintenance & Sharpening Techniques 
    • Safe Chainsaw Starting & Handling Practices 
    • Field Practices (Felling [Notching & Back Cutting], Bucking Techniques & Tools)


    **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 to protect against the spread of COVID-19
    • Chainsaws


    Please note lunch will not be provided at this training. We recommend you bring a bagged lunch and reusable water bottle with you for the day.


    DATE: April 1, 2021

    TIME: 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM

    LOCATION: Coronation Yard ~ 711 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M5V 3T7 


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $290.00

    OPA Potential Member: $374.00


    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.

    • 26 May 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 27 May 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Pinafore Park ~ 95 Elm Street, St. Thomas, ON N5R 1H7
    • 13

    POSTPONED UNTIL FALL DUE TO COVID-19

    If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca

    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: POSTPONED

    TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    LOCATION: Pinafore Park ~ 95 Elm Street, St. Thomas, ON N5R 1H7

    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $416.00

    OPA Potential Member: $653.00

    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 with you 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.

    • 26 May 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Joel Steele Community Centre ~ 577 Main Street West, Winchester, ON K0C 2K0
    • 14

    POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2022 


    If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


    Ball field's require regular maintenance to keep them looking good and in a safe condition for public use. This program will teach you how to maintain every aspect of your ball field, from home plate to infield through practical hands-on experiences. 


    Through this workshop you will be learning and practicing:

    • Safety issues
    • Equipment required
    • Home plate maintenance
    • Mound maintenance
    • Edge and lip maintenance
    • Infield grooming


    This course is hands-on and will be conducted outdoors, so proper PPE is mandatory (appropriate outdoor work clothes, steel toed boots, gloves, safety glasses, ear protection etc...). If you have any questions, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca.


      DATE: April 26, 2020

      TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

      LOCATION: Joel Steele Community Centre ~ 577 Main Street West, Winchester, ON K0C 2K0


      COURSE COST
      OPA Member Price: $255.00
      Potential Member Price: $356.00


      This course counts as 1 credit 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 the day.


      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.

      • 01 Jun 2021
      • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
      • Online - Webex
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      In 2018, it was estimated that invasive species cost Ontario municipalities and conservation authorities $38.8M. This workshop will look at some of the top offending plant species in Southern and Central Ontario that contributed to that amount. You will be introduced to Best Management Practices (BMP) to help you develop a control strategy for each invasive plant discussed. As well, you will develop identification skills to help correctly identify these invasive species, understand their toxic properties, and the impacts they have on native landscapes.


      This half-day workshop will cover:

      • Phragmites
      • Wild Parsnip
      • Giant Hogweed
      • Buckthorn
      • Garlic Mustard
      • Dog Strangling Vine


      DATE: June 1, 2021
      TIME: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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

      COURSE COST

      OPA Members: $185.00

      Potential OPA Member: $285.00



      This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


      Register above online. An invoice will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your registration. Payment can be made online via the link that will be provided in your invoice, or by cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 03 Jun 2021
      • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
      • Online - Webex
      • 5
      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: June 3, 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.

      • 09 Jun 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
      • Online
      • 4
      Register

      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: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

      TIME: 9:00 AM - 1:00 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.

      • 21 Jun 2021
      • 8:00 AM (EDT)
      • 25 Jun 2021
      • 5:00 PM (EDT)
      • City of Woodstock ~ Southside Park
      • 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. This course will be held fully outdoors. 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 21 - 25, 2021

      TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

      LOCATION: City of Woodstock ~ Southside Park


      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.

      • 24 Jun 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual Meeting - Link to be provided to registrants
      Register

      JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS OF THE ONTARIO PARKS ASSOCIATION AND THE ONTARIO PARKS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION!

       

      When:      Thursday,  June 24, 2021

      Location:   We will be meeting virtually, with a link to join us being provided to registrants closer to the meeting date.

      June 24 AGM Schedule:

      10:00 a.m. - Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Parks Association

      11:00 a.m. - Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Parks Association Foundation

      Meeting Documents & Proposed Constitution & By-law Amendments:

      Meeting documents - In advance of the AGM, please be sure to log into the OPA website and visit the Annual General Meeting Documents page in the Members Only section where you will find the Minutes and audited financial statements for year ending December 31, 2019. These documents will be put forward at the AGM for approval so please ensure you review them prior to the meeting. Please note these documents will be available online in June.

      There is no cost to attend the Annual General Meetings but please register to attend so we can be sure you receive the link to join us on Thursday, June 24th.

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