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Irrigation TECHNICIAN Workshop

Instructed By:

Steve Hernandez

This one-day Irrigation Workshop has been designed specifically for our frontline parks staff, addressing irrigation issues as they pertain to parks and sports fields. The morning session will take place in-class, with the afternoon session consisting of a number of outdoor demonstrations.

This course will cover: 

  • Irrigation service spring and fall
  • Service and repairs with demonstrations

  • Irrigation controls 

  • New technologies - wireless soil monitoring, weather-based control and central control

  • A full afternoon of outdoor onsite demonstrations

This course is worth .5 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.
Want to host this session? 

For this 1 day session we require a classroom that can accommodate approximately 30 people and has a projector and screen and whiteboard available. The host facility also needs to be within a short distance (preferably walking distance) to an irrigation demo site (preferably a sports field) available to be turned on.

The irrigation site should have readily available:
  • An accessible and view able controller
  • A shut off valve and winterization port
  • Accessible valve box or boxes
  • Water that can be turned on for testing the system

Here's what people say about this course: 

  • "Great range of material covered"
  • "Enjoyable and productive, the right amount of information is provided for the timing"
  • "Steve is a knowledgeable and confident presenter"
  • "The half day in class was perfect followed by an enjoyable field portion to better understand what was taught in the classroom ~ A fantastic one day course!"

Upcoming events

    • 21 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 22 Mar 2023
    • 12:30 PM
    • Online
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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)


    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.

For more information on hosting or attending, please send an email referencing the course title to
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