NEW! Online Learning Courses


NEW! Online Learning Courses

The ORFA strives to provide its members access to timely recreation facilities operations/management information, regardless of geography. In addition to classroom-based learning events, and webinars, the ORFA continues to develop new online learning courses for its members’ benefit. The following three course will be available on July 1, 2020 with registration now open.
  1. Safe Ice Resurfacer
  2. Safe Arena Refrigeration Plant Owner/Operator (SARPO)
  3. Recreation Facility Cleaning and Disinfection Best Practices

Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (SIRO) 

The Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (SIRO) training course is considered  a basic introduction to the know risks and hazards associated with operating a mechanical piece of heavy equipment. The presented information is key to ensuring every new operator starts their career with a strong foundation of industry and manufacturer best practices. The training platform includes web based presentation that is supported by manufacturer equipment related operational safety materials and medias. Participants must complete a workplace specific passport to help supervisory staff prove that they have provided positive initial training. 

Topics include:

  • History of ice resurfacers
  • Occupational Health & Safety Overview
  • Operational Safety Best Practices
  • Sample Policies and Operating Procedures Guidelines
  • Fuel Types- Gasoline-Propane-Natural Gas Safety 
  • Escaping Gas Risks
  • Fire and Explosion Risks and Hazards
  • Toxic Indoor Air Risks and Hazards
  • Circle Checking Best Practices
  • Water Systems Risks and Hazards
  • Safety Benefit of Scheduled Equipment Maintenance

The course includes interactive quizzes and a final online assessment that will have participants receiving a certificate of successful completion. 


Safe Arena Refrigeration Plant Owner/Operator (SARPO)

The SARPO course is designed to assist arena owners in confirming that facility staff who have been given the privilege to enter the registered plant room and have limited responsibilities in the actual operation and maintenance of the plants equipment are provided with a strong foundation relating to the risks and hazards associated with these environments.  In addition, plant owners who would benefit from understanding the roles, responsibilities and regulatory responsibilities associated with their direct responsibilities under legislation.

Topics include:

  • Legislation and operational best practices
  • Registered refrigeration plant operator competency
  • Registered refrigeration plant Daily operations best practices
  • Equipment identification
  • Safety device design and limitations
  • Cycle of refrigeration
  • Risks and hazards of primary and secondary refrigerants
  • Recordkeeping
  • Benefits of a quality maintenance program

The course includes interactive quizzes and a final online assessment that will have participants receiving a certificate of successful completion. 


Recreation Facility Cleaning, Disinfection and Sanitizing Principles

This training session introduces recreation staff to basic cleaning and disinfection principles for public facilities. This online training is designed to assist current operations in proving that all staff understand the new standards and best practices for both worker and public safety.

Participants will learn:

  1. Public Facility Regulatory Cleaning Obligations
  2. Their Expected Role and Responsibilities as Facility Cleaner
  3. Basic Cleaning Terms
  4. Cleaning Chemistry 101
  5. Body Fluid Management
  6. The Principles of How to Effectively Clean a Recreation Facility 
  7. Cleaner Risks, Hazards and Ergonomics
  8. Advanced Tools of the Trade

The course includes interactive quizzes and a final online assessment that will have participants receiving a certificate of successful completion.