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Registered Playground Practitioner Program

  • 30 Apr 2012
  • 8:30 AM
  • 04 May 2012
  • 4:30 PM
  • University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

Registration

  • Available to current OPA Members only
  • Consider joining OPA to receive member discounts

Prices include CSA Standard and HST

For complete information and to register click here

Hotel Accommodations Information
(Note: You will be directed to the ORFA website - if you are an OPA member enter code
U8DHEA2P when prompted to receive the OPA member discount)

 

The Ontario Parks Association (OPA) has developed the Ontario Playground Academy 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

The 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

Attendance at the Ontario Playground Academy will teach you about significantly lowering the risk of injuries in play areas by providing a safe outdoor learning experience for all. The Ontario Playground Academy uses the CAN/CSA-Z614-07, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent courses of the Academy.

 

Target Audience

We have developed this program to target experienced people. Ideally, the program participant will be someone who carries out hands-on monthly inspections of public play structures. He or she should also possess a good understanding of the relevant CSA standards. Participants might already have taken a playground certification program.

 

Intensive 4 1/2-Day Program

The Ontario Playground Academy instructors include experts from the industry including an architect, liability expert, lawyer, respresentative of the CSA Standards Assocation and others to give in-depth training on the following topics and includes an on-site demonstration at a local playground structure:

 

Playspace Strategies

  • space requirements
  • playability
  • access/egress requirements
  • playspace design
  • age appropriate issues
  • playspace materials
  • playspace construction

Playspace Evaluation

  • playvalue and hazard identification
  • inspection and maintenance
  • surfacing evaluation
  • record keeping
  • CSA overview
  • corrective actions

Playspace Management

  • liability and insurance
  • due diligence
  • contractual obligations
  • risk management
  • owner/operator responsibilities
  • employee/manager responsibilities
  • playvalue and practical choices

Principal Instructor Peter Kells

Industrial Designer involved with the design of playground and recreation equipment since 1984. Involved with the writing of both the CSA playground standard and other international Standards. Executive member of IPA Canada (International Association for the Child's Right to Play). Playground Inspector since 2000.

 

Upon completion of the program and achievement of a passing grade in the written examination(s) the participant will be registered by the Ontario Playground Academy as a "Playground Practitioner" and is qualified to inspect playgrounds.

 

The OPA Registered Playground Practitioner Program is recognized as a playground safety course for inspectors by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

 

Cost: (Including HST)

OPA Members - $1,243

Non-Members - $1,469

 

For complete information and to register click here

Hotel Accommodations Information


(You will be directed to the ORFA website
 - if you are an OPA member enter code U8DHEA2P when prompted to receive the OPA member discount)

 

Ontario Parks Association

7856 5th Line South · RR4 · Milton · Ontario · L9T 2X8 *

Phone: 905-864-6182 · Toll Free: 1-866-560-7783 · Fax: 905-864-6184

Email: shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca or training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


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