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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

    • 22 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 23 Oct 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • The Hub - 70 Canuck, North York, ON M3K 2C5
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    TRAILS SPECIALIST WORKSHOP  
    SESSION IS FULL

     

    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

    DATE: October 22 & 23, 2018
    TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days
    NEW LOCATION:
    The Hub
    70 Canuck Ave
    North York, ON M3K 2C5


    Outdoor location to be determined.

    COURSE COST:

    OPA Member: $403.80

    Potential Member: $633.90


    Participants are required to have a CSA approved hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe safety shoes/boots, and gloves. 

    It is recommended that the participant bring with them the following equipment: 
    • 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. The idea behind having your own tools/equipment onsite is to allow the opportunity for it to be integrated into the course and suit the specific needs/wants and desires of the participants.

    Please note: A bagged lunch is required at this course
    This course is an Ontario Trails Council approved training program.
    • 29 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 30 Oct 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • City of Port Colborne ~ Port Colborne Fire Station - 3 Killaly St. West, Port Colborne, ON L3K 6H1
    • 3
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    TWO DAY CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS


    The Department of Labour requires that all Parks Professionals who use chainsaws on the job be trained in their safe operation.

     

    This two (2) day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

     

    The course will cover:


    • Safety Regulations and PPE
    • Identify and inspect 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
    • Hearing protection
    • Gloves
    • Eye protection
    • Safety boots
    • Full leg chaps or ballistic pants


    Date:

    October 29 & 30, 2018


    Time:

    8:00am to 4:00pm


    In-Class Location:

    Port Colborne Fire Station
    3 Killaly St. West
    Port Colborne, ON L3K 6H1

    Outdoor Location: 2767 Vimy Rd., Port Colborne
    Map to Outdoor Location: Map

    Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch both days. 

    Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710) .

    • 05 Nov 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Beaver Valley Ski Club - 100 Pioneer Dr, Markdale, ON N0C 1H0
    • 6
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    CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING -TWO DAY 


    The Department of Labour requires that all Parks Professionals who use chainsaws on the job be trained in their safe operation.

     

    This two (2) day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

     

    The course will cover:


    • Safety Regulations and PPE
    • Identify and inspect 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
    • Hearing protection
    • Gloves
    • Eye protection
    • Safety boots
    • Full leg chaps or ballistic pants


    Date:

    November 5 & 6, 2018


    Time:

    8:00am to 4:00pm


    In-Class Location:

    Beaver Valley Ski Club
    100 Pioneer Drive
    Markdale, ON N0C 1H0

    Outdoor Location: On site

    Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch, snacks and drinks (water etc..) both days. 

    Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710) .

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