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Registered Playground Practitioner Program

  • 27 Mar 2023
  • 8:00 AM
  • 31 Mar 2023
  • 5:00 PM
  • Riverview Park and Zoo - 1230 Water Street, Peterborough ON K9H 6Z5
  • 11


  • Provided 1 complimentary enrollment to avoid any site fees for use of space.
  • Available to current OPA Members only
  • Consider joining OPA to receive member discounts


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.

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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: March 27 - March 31, 2022

TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

LOCATION: 1230 Water Street, Peterborough ON K9H 6Z5


OPA Member: $1,358.00

OPA Potential Member: $1,605.00

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).

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