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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.

Target Audience
We have developed this program to target experienced people. Ideally, the program participant will be someone who carries out hands-on monthly inspections of public play structures. He or she should also possess a good understanding of the relevant CSA standards. Participants might already have taken a playground certification program.

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 Assocation 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.

Cost: (Including HST)
OPA Members - $1,243
Non-Members - $1,469

March 31 to April 4, 2013
8:00am to 5:00pm

Fire Hall - Township of West Lincoln
318 Canborough Street
Smithville, ON

Please note: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be requires to bring or buy their own lunch, coffee and snacks. The facility has a microwave oven and fridge available. The following food establishments are near by:
- Tim Hortons
- Ginos Pizza
- Subway

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