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Education and Training


UPDATE: All OPA in-class training sessions have been postponed until after September 1, 2020 due to COVID-19. If you were scheduled to attend a training session, please check you email for further details. Please be sure to watch your email for notices of online training sessions!

Wondering how other municipalities are dealing with COVID-19 related issues? Check out the Discussion Forum where you can post questions and read discussion threads on how others are responding.

Please note that our office will be closed until further notice, with staff working remotely during this time. Please contact us by email if you have any questions or concerns. 

Did you know new and young workers are 4x more likely to get injured within their first month on the job than any other time? This is because they are not properly trained, unaware of the hazards, afraid to ask questions and/or unsure of what to expect.

Our training sessions are instructed by industry experts, all across Ontario. Through a combination of in-class theory and hands-on experience, attendees leave confident in their new skills, and ready to take on additional responsibilities in their workplace. We are always working to develop new courses based on feedback, and to continue to meet the needs of our members

For your convenience and to help stretch your budget dollars, OPA will bring any of our courses 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 promote your training to neighbouring organizations to fill the course and foster opportunities for networking with other people in the industry.


If you have questions about any of the OPA training sessions or are interested in hosting a session  please click here to email the Training Department.


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Parks Practitioner Designation Program

Parks employees are a wealth of experience and knowledge, and we want to help recognize that. We hope applying for the Intermediate and Advanced designations in this program will assist members in planning their professional development goals, and give them confidence in the knowledge they have in their field. This program will also help employers confidently choose employees, knowing they have the skills required to competently do the job.

Parks Practitioner Application Form

Upcoming Training

    • 17 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 19
    Register

    In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


    Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


    This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

    Prior to attending the training, 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 of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed 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). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

    NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

    Click here to read our Registration Policies

    • 18 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 12
    Register

    In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


    Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


    This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

    Prior to attending the training, 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 of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed 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). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

    NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

    Click here to read our Registration Policies

    • 19 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 9
    Register

    In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


    Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


    This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 

    Prior to attending the training, 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 of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed 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). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.

    NOTE: This course does not count towards the Parks Practitioner Certificate.

    Click here to read our Registration Policies

    • 21 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Moonstone
    • 1
    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 -  CHAINSAWS WILL NOT BE SUPPLIED FOR THIS TRAINING SESSION. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A CHAINSAW, PLEASE EMAIL TRAINING@ONTARIOPARKSASSOCIATION.CA

    DATE: Saturday November 21, 2020

    TIME: 8:00am to 4:00pm

    LOCATION: Moonstone

    COURSE COST:
    • OPA Members: $290.00
    • Potential Members: $374.00

    PLEASE NOTE - PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

    • CSA Approved Type 1 or Type 2 Class C or E helmet (less than 5 years old)
    • Hearing protection (exceeds 85 decimals)
    • Gloves (comfortable fitting leather or composite)
    • Eye protection
    • Safety boots (Green Patch Safety approved with ankle protection - minimum height of 7 eyelets - safety shoes or Blundstones are not acceptable)
    • Full leg chaps or chainsaw pants with UL label that is visible (3000 feet per minute (FPM) or greater)


    Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please pack a lunch for this day.

     

    Register online and we will send an invoice to you, payment can be made via credit card once the invoice has been sent to your email, a cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710 or 6720).

    PLEASE NOTE - DUE TO COVID-19, THE THEORY PORTION OF THIS COURSE WILL BE DELIVERED ONLINE. MATERIALS AND A BRIEF QUIZ WILL BE SENT TO YOU NOV 13 2020. YOU MUST REVIEW THE MATERIAL AND PASS THE QUIZ BEFORE ATTENDING PRACTICAL.

Past events

22 Oct 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
21 Oct 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
20 Oct 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
30 Sep 2020 Invasive Species Workshop
28 Sep 2020 How to Play Safe During COVID-19
24 Sep 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
23 Sep 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
22 Sep 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
17 Sep 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
16 Sep 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
15 Sep 2020 Registered Playground Practitioner Update Course
13 Jul 2020 Spray Pad Practitioner Online
23 Jun 2020 Spray Pad Practitioner Training Program
22 Jun 2020 Spray Pad Practitioner Online
09 Jun 2020 Trails Specialist Workshop
27 May 2020 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training - One Day
26 May 2020 Trails Specialist Workshop
20 May 2020 Spray Pad Practitioner Training Program
13 May 2020 Ball Diamond Maintenance and Best Practices Workshop
06 May 2020 Refresher Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training
04 May 2020 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
28 Apr 2020 Irrigation Technician Workshop
22 Apr 2020 Practical Ball Field Clinic
20 Apr 2020 Parks Operations & Maintenance
31 Mar 2020 Basic Chipper Operations & Safe Handling Training
30 Mar 2020 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training ~ One Day
25 Mar 2020 Invasive Species Workshop
23 Mar 2020 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
02 Mar 2020 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
27 Feb 2020 64th Annual Parks Education Forum - Sponsorship Opportunities
27 Feb 2020 64th Annual Parks Education Forum - Delegate Registration
27 Feb 2020 64th Annual Parks Education Forum - Vendor Table Top Displays
18 Nov 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
05 Nov 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
28 Oct 2019 Registered Playground Practitioner Program
08 Oct 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training ~ One Day
23 Sep 2019 Trails Specialist Workshop
19 Jun 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
17 Jun 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
13 Jun 2019 Spray Pad Practitioner Training Program
06 Jun 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
05 Jun 2019 Refresher Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training
28 May 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training ~ One Day
15 May 2019 Trails Specialist Workshop
15 May 2019 Ball Diamond Maintenance and Best Practices Workshop
13 May 2019 Spray Pad Practitioner Training Program
08 May 2019 Ball Diamond Maintenance and Best Practices Workshop
01 May 2019 Ball Diamond Maintenance and Best Practices Workshop
24 Apr 2019 Irrigation Technician Workshop
17 Apr 2019 Train the Trainer Workshop
08 Apr 2019 Registered Playground Practitioner Program
01 Apr 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
18 Mar 2019 Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training- Two Day
28 Feb 2019 63rd Annual Parks Education Forum - Delegate Registration
28 Feb 2019 63rd Annual Parks Education Forum - Sponsorship Opportunities
28 Feb 2019 63rd Annual Parks Education Forum - Vendor Table Top Displays - SOLD OUT!!
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