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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 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.

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

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, and VHS player 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.

Please email training@ontarioparksassociation.ca to find out available hosting dates.

Required Materials:

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

Upcoming events

    • 29 Feb 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04 Mar 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • Hintonburg Community Centre (Basement Meeting Room) 1064 Wellington St. W, Ottawa ON K1Y 2Y3
    • 19
    Registration is closed

    Registered Playground Practitioner


    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-Z614-07, 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, respresentative 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

    • 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 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 Z614-14 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 ( http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/injury-prevention/z614-14/invt/27019532014 )

     

    Cost:

    OPA Members - $1,243.00

    Non-Members - $1,469.00


    **Registration will close February 11th, 2016**


    Date:

    Monday February 29 - Friday March 4, 2016


    Time:

    9:00am to 5:00pm 


    The course will start promptly at 9:00am


    Location:

    Hintonburg Community Centre (Basement Meeting Room)

    1064 Wellington St. West

    Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y3



    Please note: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be requires to bring or buy their own lunch, coffee and snacks. 
    • 11 Apr 2016
    • 8:00 AM
    • 15 Apr 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • Woodstock District Community Complex (Goff Hall) 381 Finkle St, Woodstock, ON N4V 1A3
    • 23

    Registered Playground Practitioner


    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-Z614-07, 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, respresentative 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

    • 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 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 Z614-14 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 ( http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/injury-prevention/z614-14/invt/27019532014 )

     

    Cost:

    OPA Members - $1,243.00

    Non-Members - $1,469.00


    **Registration will close March 24th, 2016**


    Date:

    Monday April 11 - Friday April 15, 2016


    Time:

    8:00am to 5:00pm 


    The course will start promptly at 8:00am


    Location:

    Woodstock District Community Complex (Goff 

    Hall)

    381 Finkle St, 

    Woodstock, ON N4V 1A3


    Please note: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be requires to bring or buy their own lunch, coffee and snacks. 
    • 12 Sep 2016
    • 8:00 AM
    • 16 Sep 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • Des Newman Arena Complex (Iroquois Park) - Whitney Hall 500 Victoria Street West, Whitby, ON L1N 9G4
    • 29

    Registered Playground Practitioner


    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-Z614-07, 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, respresentative 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

    • 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 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 Z614-14 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 ( http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/injury-prevention/z614-14/invt/27019532014 )

     

    Cost:

    OPA Members - $1,243.00

    Non-Members - $1,469.00


    **Registration will close August 18, 2016**


    Date:

    September 12th - 16th, 2016


    Time:

    8:00am to 5:00pm 


    The course will start promptly at 8:00am


    Location:

    Des Newman Arena Complex (Iroquois Park) - Whitney Hall

    5​00 Victoria Street West, 

    Whitby, ON L1N 9G4  


    The playground is just outside the complex.



    Please note: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be requires to bring or buy their own lunch, coffee and snacks. 

Please note: If above box is empty, no sessions are available. Please click here to email OPA to be put on the course waiting list.

Ontario Parks Association

7856 5th Line South · 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


(*Note: If you are mapping our location, enter Halton Hills, not Milton, as the city)

 

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