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Registered Playground Practitioner

Instructed By:

Peter Kells

Ontario Parks Association (OPA) developed the Registered Playground Practitioner Program to meet the needs of those involved with, and responsible for, the installation, inspection, and maintenance of public playspaces and playground facilities. The Ontario Parks Association instructors include experts from the industry including an architect, liability expert, lawyer, and a representative of the CSA Standards Association. 

Upon completion of the program and achievement of a passing grade in the written examination(s) the participant will be registered by the Ontario Parks Association 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.

This course teaches:
  • 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)

Required Materials: CSA Z614-14: Children's Playspaces and Equipment (click here to purchase it from the CSA Shop)

This course is worth 5 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

Want to host this session? 
For this session we require a classroom that can accommodate at least 30 people and has a projector, screen, white board or flip chart available. The host facility needs to be within a short distance (preferably walking distance) to a playground that has climbing equipment, independent spring toy(s), a slide (j.r and s.r if possible) and swings for the demonstration portion of the training session.

Here's what people say about this course: 

  • "A lot of information, but a very good course"
  • "Peter is a great knowledgeable instructor!"
  • "Very informative and covered all aspects"
  • "Peter does a good job to keep people involved"
  • "Very impressive, the daily guest speakers are a perfect addition to the course"
  • "A really interesting course"
  • "Great job - thanks for all of the knowledge"

Upcoming events

    • 19 Oct 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 23 Oct 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Town of Whitby Operations Building - 333 McKinney Drive Whitby, ON L1R 3M2
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    The 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

    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

    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-Z614-14, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent sections of the course.


    Intensive 4 1/2-Day Program

    The 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


    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 Parks Association 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.

    Attendees are required to purchase a copy of the NEW CSA Z614 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 ( https://store.csagroup.org/ccrz__ProductDetails?viewState=DetailView&cartID=&sku=CAN/CSA-Z614-14&isCSRFlow=true&portalUser=&store=&cclcl=en_US )


    DATE: October 19th - 23rd, 2020 

    TIME: Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm | Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm

    LOCATION: Town of Whitby Operations Building - 333 McKinney Drive, Whitby, ON L1R 3M2

    Practical location: McKinney Park (formerly known as Folkstone Park) is a 5 min walk from the classroom.


    • OPA Members: $1,306.00
    • Non-Members: $1,543.00

    PLEASE NOTE: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be required to bring their own lunch, coffee and snacks. 

For more information on hosting or attending, please send an email referencing the course title to training@ontarioparksassociation.ca
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