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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

    • 18 Jul 2024
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Online - Zoom
    • 6
    Register

    Are you or your staff aware that if you block a lane of traffic to conduct your activities, you are required by law to take specific actions? The OPA Book 7 half-day course will give you all the information you need to ensure you work in compliance with ministry requirements. You will receive a reference book to help you safely secure your lane so you can proceed with your work in a safe and ministry compliant manner.


    This course will cover:

    • When to apply Book 7 procedures

    • How to draft a traffic layout plan 

    • What personal protective clothing, signage, and pylon placement are required

    • Ontario Health and Safety Regulations


    Required materials: Please purchase a copy of the Book 7 Manual found on the ServiceOntario Publications website.


    DATE:  July 18th, 2024

    TIME: 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    LOCATION:  Online - Zoom


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $192.00  

    OPA Potential Member: $296.00


    This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).



    • 02 Sep 2024
    • 23 Sep 2024
    • Online-Zoom
    Register

    Level 2 of this program will offer a new experience for OPA training, taking place over three weeks of self-guided learning, allowing attendees to work at their own pace through content covering the following topics: 


    Week 1

    • Plant ID 2

    • Design Basics

    • Display Installation & Maintenance

    • Irrigation

    Week 2
    • Soil Amendments 

    • Fertilizer

    • Advanced Pruning

    Week 3
    • Attend 

    • Intro to Greenhouses

    • Leadership Skills


    Prerequisite: 

    • Completed HPP Level 1


     

    This course will have quizzes every Monday and Q&A session presented online on the afternoons of Sept 9th,  Sept 16th, and Sept 23rd with our instructor providing answers to any questions that attendees may have during each 1 week period. 

    Our goal with our 3-Level Horticulture Practitioner Program is to provide valuable information for those looking to get into the field of Horticulture that will take them from newcomer to job-ready.  This program also aims to provide career advancement for those in the Horticulture field through attaining the OPA Horticulture Practitioner designation as a valuable resume asset. Each level will cover new topics or provide more depth to existing concepts, creating a strong foundation for those looking to build a career in the field of Horticulture.

    Level 3 of our Horticulture Practitioner Program will be running in November 2024. We're looking forward to providing you with new and exciting opportunities to expand your career and enrich your knowledge!

    Click Here to Register
    • 12 Sep 2024
    • 7:30 AM
    • 13 Sep 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre, 265 Cannifton Road, Belleville ON
    Register

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Date: Thursday September 12th and Friday September 13, 2024
    Event Location: Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre, 265 Cannifton Road, Belleville ON


    This year OPA is heading east to the city of Belleville

    The following sponsorship opportunities are available:

    Thursday September 12, 2024

    Breakfast Sponsor : $ 350.00

    Tour of Belleville: $375.00

    OPA BBQ Lunch  - $500.00

    OPA Networking Social and dinner : $1000.00


    Friday September 13, 2024

    Breakfast and mid-morning break sponsor : $425.00

    Lunch and mid-afternoon break sponsor: $425.00

    Education Speaker 1: $400.00

    Education Speaker 2: $400.00

    Education Speaker 3: $400.00

    Education Speaker 4: $400.00   



    All Sponsorship purchased includes the following:


    Recognition in Promotional Materials and at Event

    Company Name in Green Sward

    Company Name on OPA Website with Link


    Note:  All prices are HST free.

    Click here to sponsor our forum





    • 12 Sep 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 13 Sep 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre, 265 Cannifton Road, Belleville ON
    • 280
    Register

    OPA is thrilled to host our 68th Annual Education Forum in the city of Belleville.

    Day 1: September 12th : Registrants will join other Park professionals for a delicious catered breakfast . After Breakfast the city of Belleville will host OPA registrants with tours of their beautiful city and facilities.

    OPA will be hosting its 2nd annual BBQ at one of Belleville's parks for lunch. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and a Vegan option will be available. Soft drinks and water as well as small bag of chips will be offered.  Cash will only be accepted. 

    After the tours, we will gather back at the venue for a round table discussion

    During the evening at 7:00 pm, OPA will welcome registrants back to the venue for a catered dinner and live entertainment. Alcoholic and Non- Alcoholic beverages will be available . Cash only. Vendors will be set up and ready to showcase their services for you. 

    Day 2: September 13: OPA will have our 4 speakers  as well as Parks and Recreation related vendors. Time will be set aside to visit with the vendors. There will be raffles for great prizes and breakfast and lunch are included with your ticket.

    OPA has secured a preferred rate with Fairfield Inn and Suites. Please click here to reserve a room with them

    More details will follow throughout the coming months

    To register your team, please click here


    • 12 Sep 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 13 Sep 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre, 265 Cannifton Road, Belleville ON
    • 16
    Register

    Details:  This year OPA is heading to Eastern Ontario to the beautiful city of Belleville for our 68th Annual Parks Education Forum. This 2 day event will feature the first day with tours (which vendors are encouraged to attend) a BBQ hosted by OPA  as well as dinner at the venue followed by a social networking event with a live band. September 13th the forum will proceed as usual.  

    25  6' tables will be set up around the insider perimeter of our meeting room, and  creating an intimate networking opportunity for vendors and parks professionals. Time will be allotted prior to the official start of the day and during breaks throughout the day for event attendees to meet and chat with vendors. Showcase your products and services to industry professionals from across Ontario. Create new relationships. Re-connect with existing customers. Time will be set aside to visit the vendor tables.

    Table Top Selection -  Our system records the date of your registration and the assignment of tables is on a first come basis. This way we will not put you beside a competitor and once all registration is closed, we will go down the list, in order of registration and assign tables. OPA will contact you via email or phone according to registration date and ask you for your table preference, you will have 24 hours to respond before we move onto the next vendor. I will email all vendors ahead of time to give you a heads up. Registration is confirmed once payment is received.   Register Early to get your preferred table location. 

    OPA Member Fees 

    • OPA Member Early Bird Rate: September 13th only: $650 (Register by June 1, 2024)
    • OPA Member Late Bird Rate: September 13th only $750.00 (starts June 2, 2024)
    • OPA Member Early Bird Rate: $1350.00 for both days (Register by June 1, 2024)
    • OPA Member Late Bird Rate: $ 1450.00 for both days (starts June 2, 2024)
    • Additional Meal Ticket for September 13th only : $100.00
    • Additional Ticket for Social Networking Event (includes dinner): $140.00

    Potential Member Fees 

    • Potential Member Early Bird Rate: September 13th only $800 
    • Potential Member Late Bird Rate: September 13th only: $950
    • Potential Member Early Bird Rate: $1500.00 for both days
    • Potential Member Late Bird Rate: $1600.00 for both days
    • Additional Meal Ticket for September 13th only: $100.0
    • Additional Ticket for Social Networking Event: $140.00

    Please note above price includes buffet breakfast and dinner for ONE on September 12th and breakfast and lunch on September 13th. Meal tickets for additional representatives must be purchased ahead of the event. All company representatives attending MUST be registered in advance.

    Two day Registration includes social event ticket on September 12th, 2024



    Interested in being a sponsor? Click Here


    • 16 Sep 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 19 Sep 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • 640 Ellis Rd, Cambridge, ON N3C 4N1
    • 18
    Register

    Event Details:

    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.

    PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES TO COURSE: 

    - Course length is now only 4 days in length! 

    - Exam to be taken online; to be completed by 4:00 p.m. September 25th, 2024.

    - Practitioner Registration for the course will now be valid for 4 years, and then mandatory update/refresher will be necessary.

    Safe Play - A High Priority

    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 CSA-Z614-20, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent sections of the course. 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


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

     

    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 - 20 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.


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

    This course will now require an update/refresher every 4 years after successful completion of the course. 

    Click here to read our Registration Policies


      DATE: September 16th - 19th, 2024

      TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

      LOCATION: 640 Ellis Rd, Cambridge, ON N3C 4N1


      COURSE COST

      OPA Member: $1,358.00

      OPA Potential Member: $1,605.00


      REGISTER HERE


      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

      • 01 Nov 2024
      • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Victoria Park Community Centre - 355 Wellington St
      • 2
      Register

      The Ministry of Labour requires that all parks professionals who use a chainsaw on the job must be trained in the safe operation of a chainsaw. This one-day course is designed for those who will use a chainsaw for limbing, bucking and felling small trees (smaller than 5” dbh) and limbs that are on the ground. Course participants will be educated about chainsaw safety, maintenance, use and handling.

      The course will cover:  

      • Chainsaw safety
      • Starting and stopping techniques
      • Chainsaw maintenance
      • PPE
      • Limbing and bucking
      • Technical cutting & small tree felling


      **PLEASE NOTE**

      PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

      • Class E Type 2 helmet (within 5 years old)
      • Hearing protection (exceeds 85 decimals)
      • Gloves (comfortable fitting leather or composite)
      • Eye protection
      • Safety boots (Green Patch Safety approved with a minimum height of 7 eyelets)
      • Full leg chaps or chainsaw pants with UL label that is visible (3, 000 feet per minute (FPM) or greater)


      DATE: Friday November 1st, 2024

      TIME: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

      LOCATION: Victoria Park Community Centre - 355 Wellington St

      COURSE COST :  $302.00 for Members and $389.00 for Non-Members

      This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

      Please note that lunch will not be provided at this training. We encourage you to bring a bagged lunch and reusable water bottle with you for the day.

      https://ontarioparksassociation.ca/event-5527103

      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

      Thank you and we hope to see you there!



      • 25 Nov 2024
      • 16 Dec 2024
      • Online-Zoom
      Register

      Level 3 of this program will offer a new experience for OPA training, taking place over three weeks of self-guided learning, allowing attendees to work at their own pace through content covering the following topics: 


           Week 1

        • Botany
        • Turf

        • Greenhouse Operations

        • Production & Propagation

        Week 2
        • Advanced Display Design

        • Interior plantcaping, green roofs, ponds etc…

        • Xeriscaping

        • Trade Calculations

        Week 3
        • Purchasing, ordering tendering materials

        • Computer programs & Record keeping

        • Basic Project Management

        • Managing Staff, HR Skills, Leadership Skills

      Prerequisite: 

      • Completed HPP Level 2

      This course will have quizzes every Monday and Q&A session presented online on the afternoons of Dec 2nd,  Dec 9th, and Dec 16th with our instructor providing answers to any questions that attendees may have during each 1 week period. 

      Our goal with our 3-Level Horticulture Practitioner Program is to provide valuable information for those looking to get into the field of Horticulture that will take them from newcomer to job-ready.  This program also aims to provide career advancement for those in the Horticulture field through attaining the OPA Horticulture Practitioner designation as a valuable resume asset. Each level will cover new topics or provide more depth to existing concepts, creating a strong foundation for those looking to build a career in the field of Horticulture.

      Click Here to Register

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