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Do you hold a POSA Level I or II certificate or are you working towards your POSA Level I or II certificate? If so, we have exciting news for you! OPA has developed a parks and open space focused designation program that will replace the extinct POSA certificates. This new program will ensure you are prepared for a career in parks, and will ensure that those in the industry understand how well educated, prepared and focused you are on “Protecting Tomorrow Today.”

For those who currently hold POSA certificates, you will be receiving in the mail in the near future your new OPA Parks Practitioner certificate. If you are working towards achieving one of the POSA certificates, don’t fear, we will work with you to switch your credits so they can be applied towards your Parks Practitioner certificates.

Click here to download the Brochure and Registration Form. Email your completed form to training@ontarioparksassociation.ca

Qualifications to achieve the Intermediate Parks Practitioner and the Advanced Parks Practitioner levels are as follows:


Designation Requirements:

  • At least 2 years of parks and open space industry experience
  • OPA member in good standing
  • Hold current WHMIS & Standard First Aid training certificates
  • Hold a Managing & Maintaining Your Sports Turf Infrastructure cer-tificate
  • Hold a Parks Equipment and Safe Operations (PESO) certificate
  • Hold a Playground Introductory Compliance & Hazard Analysis certificate


Designation Requirements:

  • At least 5 years of parks and open space industry experience
  • Hold the Intermediate Parks Practitioner designation
  • OPA member in good standing
  • Hold current WHMIS & Standard First Aid training certificates
  • Have attained 12 training credits (above and beyond the courses required for the Intermediate Parks Practitioner designation) from the listing of OPA recognized training courses noted below


Events with an Exam =  One (1) Credit per day:

  • Ball Diamond Maintenance and Best Practices (1 credit)
  • Basic Chipper Operations and Handling (1 credit)
  • Book 7 (1 credit)
  • Chainsaw Safety Awareness (One Day)(1 credit)
  • Chainsaw Safety Awareness (Two Day) (2 credits)
  • Horticultural Practitioner Level 1 (coming soon)
  • Horticultural Practitioner Level 2 (coming soon)
  • Playspace Accessibility (2 credits)
  • Registered Playground Practitioner Program (4 credits)
  • Skid Steer Training (1 credit)
  • Spray Pad Practitioner Training (2 credits)
  • Supervisor Competency (1 credit)
  • Trails Specialist Workshop (2 credits)
  • Train the Trainer (1 credit)

Events without an Exam = Half Credit per day:

  • Bridge Inspection Workshop (1/2 credit)
  • Fuel Your Future - Basic Food and Nutrition  (1/2 credit)
  • Irrigation Technician Workshop (1/2 credit)
  • Rigging Workshop (1/2 credit)
  • Seasonal Equipment Training  (1/2 credit)
  • Welding Safety Workshop (1/2 credit)
  • OTC Trails Assessment (1/2 credit)
  • OTC Trails Business Planning and OTC Budgeting (1/2 credit)
  • OTC Trails Construction & Maintenance (1/2 credit)
  • OTC Trails Design (1/2 credit)
  • OTC Trails Ecosystem and Natural Heritage (1/2 credit)
  • OTC Trails Emergency First Aid and Wilderness Survival (1/2 credit)
  • OTC Trails Food and Nutrition (1/2 credit)
  • OTC Trails Information and Technology (1/2 credit)
  • OTC Trails Law & Risk Management (1/2 credit)
  • OTC Trails Legislation (1/2 credit)
  • OTC Trails Marketing and Promotion (1/2 credit)
  • OTC Trails Safety Training (1/2 credit)
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