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Upcoming events

    • Monday, May 21, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Sunday, May 27, 2018
    • 11:55 PM
    • ONLINE
    Register

    Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator Online


    The Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator Online provides an introduction to ice resurfacer operations. This online awareness training takes the worker through the necessary pre-flood, flood, daily and weekly maintenance inspection activities. Participants will have up to a maximum of one week to complete the online course at their own speed and convenience. Online testing must be completed before the session end date.

    Ultimately, the ice resurfacer manufacturer’s owner's manual will best guide each workplace. However, this workshop will review incidents involving an ice resurfacer that have resulted in worker injury while reviewing proven industry best practices in hopes of avoiding future accidents. Further, the session reinforces the benefit of a log book to maintain the ice resurfacer in top form. This important tool will not only help reduce the potential for down time, it will also create a permanent record of maintenance and upkeep activities to help guide replacement or major overhauls of the unit.

    Workers conducting a quick inspection of their equipment, while knowing what to look for as potential problem areas, prior to moving the ice resurfacer, can minimize equipment failures on the ice. Remember, that as soon as the wheels cross the threshold onto the ice, the operator in control is now responsible for all incidents related to the equipment’s operation or failure. If your current employees arrive at work and “get on it and drive” this workshop is for them.

    Topics include:

    • History of the Ice Resurfacer (IR)
    • Occupational Health & Safety- Stop Work
    • IR Operational Safety Activities
    • Sample Policy Statement
    • Sample Operating Procedures Guidelines
    • Fuel Types- Gasoline-Propane-Natural Gas
    • Escaping Gas Detection - Fire Extinguisher Use
    • Air Quality
    • Circle Checking Activities
    • Mounting/Dismounting-Moving the IR-Fall Arrest
    • Water Systems
    • Scheduled Operational Maintenance Activities
    • Final Online Test
    • Monday, May 28, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Sunday, June 03, 2018
    • 11:55 PM
    • ONLINE
    Register

    Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator Online


    The Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator Online provides an introduction to ice resurfacer operations. This online awareness training takes the worker through the necessary pre-flood, flood, daily and weekly maintenance inspection activities. Participants will have up to a maximum of one week to complete the online course at their own speed and convenience. Online testing must be completed before the session end date.

    Ultimately, the ice resurfacer manufacturer’s owner's manual will best guide each workplace. However, this workshop will review incidents involving an ice resurfacer that have resulted in worker injury while reviewing proven industry best practices in hopes of avoiding future accidents. Further, the session reinforces the benefit of a log book to maintain the ice resurfacer in top form. This important tool will not only help reduce the potential for down time, it will also create a permanent record of maintenance and upkeep activities to help guide replacement or major overhauls of the unit.

    Workers conducting a quick inspection of their equipment, while knowing what to look for as potential problem areas, prior to moving the ice resurfacer, can minimize equipment failures on the ice. Remember, that as soon as the wheels cross the threshold onto the ice, the operator in control is now responsible for all incidents related to the equipment’s operation or failure. If your current employees arrive at work and “get on it and drive” this workshop is for them.

    Topics include:

    • History of the Ice Resurfacer (IR)
    • Occupational Health & Safety- Stop Work
    • IR Operational Safety Activities
    • Sample Policy Statement
    • Sample Operating Procedures Guidelines
    • Fuel Types- Gasoline-Propane-Natural Gas
    • Escaping Gas Detection - Fire Extinguisher Use
    • Air Quality
    • Circle Checking Activities
    • Mounting/Dismounting-Moving the IR-Fall Arrest
    • Water Systems
    • Scheduled Operational Maintenance Activities
    • Final Online Test
    • Monday, June 04, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • St. Mary's, ON
    • 15
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    NSPF® Certified Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®)

    Monday, June 4 to Tuesday, June 2, 2018
    Pyramid Recreation Centre (Arena Entrance B - 2nd Floor), 317 James St S, St. Mary’s, ON N4X 1B6 - Google Map

    The two-day NSPF® Certified Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®) course is delivered by a NSPF® Certified instructor who will provide participants with the basic skills and knowledge to operate a pool or spa facility. 

    The course topics include: 

    • Pool and Spa Chemistry
    • Water Testing and Treatment
    • Filtration • Recirculation 
    • Types of Pool Equipment
    • Preventive maintenance
    • Seasonal Care • Storage and handling
    • Safety • Government Regulations and Legislation
    • Energy Use and Conservation. 
    More Information

    Instructor: Rob Braid, CPOI, CAT, CMM, Recreation Services Supervisor, City of Vaughan

    • Monday, June 04, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Thursday, June 07, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Peterborough, ON
    • 2
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    Basic Arena Refrigeration

    Monday, June 4 to Thursday, June 7, 2018
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Evinrude Centre, 911 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough, ON K9J 5K5 - Google Maps

    This is an introductory course for operators with little or no knowledge of the subject matter, or for those wishing to refresh their knowledge. More Information

    Workplace-Specific Training: A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with specific workplace-specific training.

    Personal Protective Equipment Required: Participants attending this course must supply and wear their own CSA-approved footwear suitable for a refrigeration plant site visit. No exceptions.

    Instructor: Rob Lilbourne, CRFP, CIT, Director of Parks and Recreation, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc

    • Monday, June 04, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Sunday, June 10, 2018
    • 11:55 PM
    • ONLINE
    Register

    Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator Online


    The Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator Online provides an introduction to ice resurfacer operations. This online awareness training takes the worker through the necessary pre-flood, flood, daily and weekly maintenance inspection activities. Participants will have up to a maximum of one week to complete the online course at their own speed and convenience. Online testing must be completed before the session end date.

    Ultimately, the ice resurfacer manufacturer’s owner's manual will best guide each workplace. However, this workshop will review incidents involving an ice resurfacer that have resulted in worker injury while reviewing proven industry best practices in hopes of avoiding future accidents. Further, the session reinforces the benefit of a log book to maintain the ice resurfacer in top form. This important tool will not only help reduce the potential for down time, it will also create a permanent record of maintenance and upkeep activities to help guide replacement or major overhauls of the unit.

    Workers conducting a quick inspection of their equipment, while knowing what to look for as potential problem areas, prior to moving the ice resurfacer, can minimize equipment failures on the ice. Remember, that as soon as the wheels cross the threshold onto the ice, the operator in control is now responsible for all incidents related to the equipment’s operation or failure. If your current employees arrive at work and “get on it and drive” this workshop is for them.

    Topics include:

    • History of the Ice Resurfacer (IR)
    • Occupational Health & Safety- Stop Work
    • IR Operational Safety Activities
    • Sample Policy Statement
    • Sample Operating Procedures Guidelines
    • Fuel Types- Gasoline-Propane-Natural Gas
    • Escaping Gas Detection - Fire Extinguisher Use
    • Air Quality
    • Circle Checking Activities
    • Mounting/Dismounting-Moving the IR-Fall Arrest
    • Water Systems
    • Scheduled Operational Maintenance Activities
    • Final Online Test
    • Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Gananoque, ON
    • 25
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    Legal Awareness II - Managing in a Recreation Environment

    Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6, 2018
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Emergency Services Building, 340 Herbert St , Gananoque, ON K7G 2T6- Google Map

    The course will encourage participants to develop and utilize hazard assessment and controls to help protect their employers and themselves from the risk of liability related to an injury or loss to someone we are legally responsible for. This loss could be injury or illness to a worker, injury to a customer, and financial or human loss to our employer. More Information

    Instructor: Greg Wright, CRFP, Manager of Community Services, Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands (Retired)

    • Thursday, June 07, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Friday, June 08, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Oshawa, ON
    • 10
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    Legal Awareness II - Managing in a Recreation Environment

    Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8, 2018
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Legends Centre, 1661 Harmony Rd N, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K5- Google Map

    The course will encourage participants to develop and utilize hazard assessment and controls to help protect their employers and themselves from the risk of liability related to an injury or loss to someone we are legally responsible for. This loss could be injury or illness to a worker, injury to a customer, and financial or human loss to our employer. More Information

    Instructor: Greg Wright, CRFP, Manager of Community Services, Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands (Retired)

    • Friday, June 08, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Peterborough, ON
    • 13
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    Safe Arena Refrigeration Plant Operator

    This is a refresher course designed for operators who completed Basic Arena Refrigeration more than five years previously, and who may have no desire to pursue more advanced courses in the subject. The course is also suitable as a high-level overview of refrigeration information appropriate for full-time and part-time recreation staff. The course instructors are ice arena practitioners. More Information

    Friday, June 8, 2018, 8:30am to 4:30pm
    Evinrude Centre, 911 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough, ON K9J 5K5 -  Google Map

    Instructor: Rob Lilbourne, CRFP, CIT, Director of Parks and Recreation, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc

    • Monday, June 11, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Thursday, June 14, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Simcoe, ON
    • 26
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    Basic Arena Refrigeration

    Monday, June 11 to Thursday, June 14, 2018
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Simcoe Recreation Arena, 182 South Dr, Simcoe, ON - Google Maps

    This is an introductory course for operators with little or no knowledge of the subject matter, or for those wishing to refresh their knowledge. More Information

    Workplace-Specific Training: A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with specific workplace-specific training.

    Personal Protective Equipment Required: Participants attending this course must supply and wear their own CSA-approved footwear suitable for a refrigeration plant site visit. No exceptions.

    Instructor: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

    • Monday, June 18, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Friday, June 22, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Mississauga, ON
    • 20
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    Advanced Refrigeration Facility Operator*

    Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22, 2018

    City of Mississauga – Garry Morden Centre/North Front Entrance, 7535 Ninth Line Mississauga, ON L5N 7C3 - Google Map

    The course is designed to meet the needs of practitioners wishing to enhance their knowledge of refrigeration systems pertaining specifically to artificial ice rinks. It builds on the knowledge learned in the Basic Arena Refrigeration course. Participants will gain a greater appreciation of the various means of accomplishing temperature reduction for ice making applications. It is ideally suited for those individuals who are responsible for decision making surrounding the maintenance and upgrading of arena refrigeration systems. More Information

    * Additional recommended courses for:
    a) Certified Ice Technicians or
    b) those planning to write the TSSA Refrigeration Operator - Class B examination

    Instructor: Tony Panetta, Training and Service Support Specialist, CIMCO

    • Tuesday, July 03, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Friday, July 06, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Keewatin, ON
    • 29
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    Ice Maintenance and Equipment Operations

    Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, July 6, 2018
    8:30am to 4:30pm

    Keewatin Memorial Arena, 930 Front St, Keewatin, ON P0V 3G0 - Google Map

    In this course, participants will learn skills to create exceptional ice, troubleshoot poor ice conditions, perform ice maintenance, and operate and maintain equipment while ensuring a safe physical setting. 

    This course is not designed to make a worker a completely competent ice resurfacer driver. It has been created to demonstrate industry best practices with regard to the operation and care of a vital and expensive piece of ice maintenance equipment. The ice resurfacer is a complicated piece of heavy equipment that requires a concise understanding of how it works, what adjustments must be maintained and what ongoing regular maintenance must be conducted by the operator to ensure it provides trouble-free operation. Ongoing workplace specific training must take place once the participant completes this training course. 

    The ORFA works closely with both Zamboni and Resurfice Corporation in providing the most up-to-date operational information to participants during this course training course. More Information

    Prerequisites: Participants should have completed a) Basic Arena Refrigeration or the Advanced Refrigeration Facility Operator course; b) and the Ice Making and Painting Technologies course; and c) have two years of practical artificial ice knowledge with some ice resurfacer operational experience or a Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator permit.

    Workplace-Specific Training:Please note this course does not provide participants with hands-on training in driving an ice resurfacer. A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with specific workplace-specific trainingcific

    Personal Protective Equipment Required:Participants attending this course are required to supply and wear their own CSA-approved head protection, layered clothing, and appropriate footwear suitable for an ice arena environment. No exceptions.

    More Information

    Instructor: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

    • Monday, July 09, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Thursday, July 12, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Orillia, ON
    • 9
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    Ice Maintenance and Equipment Operations

    Monday, July 9 to Thursday, July 12, 2018
    8:30am to 4:30pm

    City of Orillia – Rotary Place, 100 University Ave, Orillia, ON L3V 0B9 - Google Map

    In this course, participants will learn skills to create exceptional ice, troubleshoot poor ice conditions, perform ice maintenance, and operate and maintain equipment while ensuring a safe physical setting. 

    This course is not designed to make a worker a completely competent ice resurfacer driver. It has been created to demonstrate industry best practices with regard to the operation and care of a vital and expensive piece of ice maintenance equipment. The ice resurfacer is a complicated piece of heavy equipment that requires a concise understanding of how it works, what adjustments must be maintained and what ongoing regular maintenance must be conducted by the operator to ensure it provides trouble-free operation. Ongoing workplace specific training must take place once the participant completes this training course. 

    The ORFA works closely with both Zamboni and Resurfice Corporation in providing the most up-to-date operational information to participants during this course training course. More Information

    Prerequisites: Participants should have completed a) Basic Arena Refrigeration or the Advanced Refrigeration Facility Operator course; b) and the Ice Making and Painting Technologies course; and c) have two years of practical artificial ice knowledge with some ice resurfacer operational experience or a Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator permit.

    Workplace-Specific Training:Please note this course does not provide participants with hands-on training in driving an ice resurfacer. A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with specific workplace-specific trainingcific

    Personal Protective Equipment Required:Participants attending this course are required to supply and wear their own CSA-approved head protection, layered clothing, and appropriate footwear suitable for an ice arena environment. No exceptions.

    More Information

    Instructor: Graham Nesbitt, RRFA, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

    • Friday, July 13, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Mississauga, ON
    • 15
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    CIT Recertification Course - Classroom-based

    Friday, July 13, 2018, 8:30am to 4:30pm

    Garry Morden Centre, 7535 Ninth Line, Mississauga, ON L5N 7C3 -  Google Map

    The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA) introduced the Certified Ice Technician (CIT) professional designation in 1997. This NHL-recognized credential was designed to acknowledge the academic excellence and specialized expertise of individuals who work in artificial ice operations. Overwhelmingly, the CIT designation has been the most sought-after of all the ORFA professional designations. Today, close to 70% of arenas, ice and refrigeration job postings specifically state the preference to recruiting those individuals who hold the CIT professional designation.

    Since 1997, over 1000 individuals have been awarded the CIT designation. More recently, there has been discussion and reflection, based on industry needs and legal counsel, that to ensure these individuals remain current in industry best practices and knowledge, that a recertification program be designed and implemented. More Information

    Instructor: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

    • Monday, July 16, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Thursday, July 19, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Cambridge, ON
    • 23
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    Basic Arena Refrigeration

    Monday, July 16 to Thursday, July 19, 2018
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Hespeler Memorial Arena, 640 Ellis Dr, Cambridge, ON - Google Maps

    This is an introductory course for operators with little or no knowledge of the subject matter, or for those wishing to refresh their knowledge. More Information

    Workplace-Specific Training: A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with specific workplace-specific training.

    Personal Protective Equipment Required: Participants attending this course must supply and wear their own CSA-approved footwear suitable for a refrigeration plant site visit. No exceptions.

    Instructor: Bill Vass, Specialist, Visionary Arena Services

    • Monday, August 13, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Oshawa, ON
    • 21
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    Basic Arena Refrigeration

    Monday, August 13 to Thursday, August 16, 2018
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Tribute Communities Centre, 99 Athol St E, Oshawa, ON L1H 1J8 - Google Maps

    This is an introductory course for operators with little or no knowledge of the subject matter, or for those wishing to refresh their knowledge. More Information

    Workplace-Specific Training: A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with specific workplace-specific training.

    Personal Protective Equipment Required: Participants attending this course must supply and wear their own CSA-approved footwear suitable for a refrigeration plant site visit. No exceptions.

    Instructor: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

    • Friday, August 17, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Oshawa, ON
    • 27
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    Safe Arena Refrigeration Plant Operator

    This is a refresher course designed for operators who completed Basic Arena Refrigeration more than five years previously, and who may have no desire to pursue more advanced courses in the subject. The course is also suitable as a high-level overview of refrigeration information appropriate for full-time and part-time recreation staff. The course instructors are ice arena practitioners. More Information

    Friday, August 17, 2018, 8:30am to 4:30pm
    Tribute Communities Centre, 99 Athol St E, Oshawa, ON L1H 1J8 -  Google Map

    Instructor: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc

    • Monday, August 20, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Thursday, August 23, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Goderich, ON
    • 29
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    Ice Making and Painting Technologies

    Monday, August 20 to Thursday, August 23, 2018

    Maitland Recreation Centre, 190 Suncoast Dr E, Goderich, ON N7A 4N4 - - Google Map

    Doug Moore, the world’s first recognized professional “Ice Technician” was the late founder of Jet Ice Ltd. and also the Chief Engineer at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto for 30 years. He was a hands-on practitioner that understood the specific day-to-day needs of facility operators. Doug’s contributions set the foundation that has helped give the industry the look and quality of ice that is enjoyed today by athletes in the sports of hockey, curling and figure skating. Doug was an innovator of the arena industry, specializing in ice making technology, speed-painting procedures and openly shared his passion, vast skills and knowledge in this science willingly with facility owners, managers and operators throughout North America. Following in Doug’s commitment is current Jet Ice Vice President, Dave Loverock. Dave, mentored by Doug, continued in the tradition set by the Jet Ice founder by focusing on the same hands-on, frontline proven principles with an eager openness to explore innovation and change. Today, these revolutionary ice making concepts and theories have been implemented in a wide range of community and professional facilities and are considered best practice throughout the ice industry. 

    Beginning in the 1990s, Doug Moore partnered with the ORFA as the first IMPT instructor in bringing his expertise in a more formal professional development setting. Upon Doug’s passing his family intrusted the ORFA to keep his legacy alive by sharing his course materials, notes and pictures for future generations of ice-makers. Together, the ORFA and Jet Ice created and continue to provide the recognized industry leading standard for professional development in ice-making principles and application techniques for all ice technicians. It is important to note that litigation involving ice condition will almost always use the ORFA Ice Making and Painting Technologies course materials as the proven acceptable industry standard to be met. Knowing and applying these established principles is essential to reducing ice arena risk of liability. 

    Creating a durable sheet of ice requires a clear understanding of the ice making venue and its mechanical ability and limitations. This environment will include basic yet essential scientific principles surrounding air, water, ice paint, logo materials and HVAC-R systems. Building on the theory gained in the refrigeration classes, this course will enhance the participants’ knowledge, while increasing their operational effectiveness through a clear understanding of proven ice installation principles and techniques. Further, participants will learn basic standard facility operation practices and have practical demonstrations with limited hands-on exposure to various proven on-ice application techniques. Risks and hazards associated with ice making are also reviewed so that participants are aware of the hidden dangers associated with this task. More Information

    Prerequisites: Participants should have completed the Basic Arena Refrigeration course or the Advanced Refrigeration Facility Operator course and have one year, hands-on, artificial ice experience. It is further recommended that prior to attending this course, participants visit ORFA’s Resource Centre and review materials found in the Arena Ice Operations section www.orfa.com/Ice-Arena-Operations applicable to the topic of ice making

    Workplace-Specific Training: A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with workplace-specific training.

    Personal Protective Equipment Required: Participants attending this course are required to supply and wear their own CSA-approved head protection, layered clothing, and appropriate footwear suitable for an ice arena environment. No exceptions.

    Instructors: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, ORFA

    • Friday, August 24, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Goderich, ON
    • 30
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    CIT Recertification Course - Classroom-based

    Friday, August 24, 2018, 8:30am to 4:30pm

    Goderich Memorial Arena 180 McDonald St, Goderich, ON N7A 2K5 -  Google Map

    The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA) introduced the Certified Ice Technician (CIT) professional designation in 1997. This NHL-recognized credential was designed to acknowledge the academic excellence and specialized expertise of individuals who work in artificial ice operations. Overwhelmingly, the CIT designation has been the most sought-after of all the ORFA professional designations. Today, close to 70% of arenas, ice and refrigeration job postings specifically state the preference to recruiting those individuals who hold the CIT professional designation.

    Since 1997, over 1000 individuals have been awarded the CIT designation. More recently, there has been discussion and reflection, based on industry needs and legal counsel, that to ensure these individuals remain current in industry best practices and knowledge, that a recertification program be designed and implemented. More Information

    Instructor: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

    • Monday, August 27, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Thursday, August 30, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Chapleau, ON
    • 30
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    Basic Arena Refrigeration

    Monday, August 27 to Thursday, August 30, 2018
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Town Hall – Council Chambers, 20 Pine Street, Chapleau, ON P0M 1K0 - Google Maps

    This is an introductory course for operators with little or no knowledge of the subject matter, or for those wishing to refresh their knowledge. More Information

    Workplace-Specific Training: A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with specific workplace-specific training.

    Personal Protective Equipment Required: Participants attending this course must supply and wear their own CSA-approved footwear suitable for a refrigeration plant site visit. No exceptions.

    Instructor: Rob Lilbourne, CRFP, CIT, Director of Parks and Recreation, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc

    Accommodations: Crestview House or Additional Places of Accommodations

    • Monday, September 10, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Thursday, September 13, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Thornhill, ON
    • 29
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    Ice Maintenance and Equipment Operations

    Monday, September 10 to Thursday, September 13, 2018
    8:30am to 4:30pm

    Thornhill Community Centre (B1 & B2 Basement - Main Building), 7755 Bayview Ave, Thornhill, ON L3T 4P1 - Google Map

    In this course, participants will learn skills to create exceptional ice, troubleshoot poor ice conditions, perform ice maintenance, and operate and maintain equipment while ensuring a safe physical setting. 

    This course is not designed to make a worker a completely competent ice resurfacer driver. It has been created to demonstrate industry best practices with regard to the operation and care of a vital and expensive piece of ice maintenance equipment. The ice resurfacer is a complicated piece of heavy equipment that requires a concise understanding of how it works, what adjustments must be maintained and what ongoing regular maintenance must be conducted by the operator to ensure it provides trouble-free operation. Ongoing workplace specific training must take place once the participant completes this training course. 

    The ORFA works closely with both Zamboni and Resurfice Corporation in providing the most up-to-date operational information to participants during this course training course. More Information

    Prerequisites: Participants should have completed a) Basic Arena Refrigeration or the Advanced Refrigeration Facility Operator course; b) and the Ice Making and Painting Technologies course; and c) have two years of practical artificial ice knowledge with some ice resurfacer operational experience or a Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator permit.

    Workplace-Specific Training:Please note this course does not provide participants with hands-on training in driving an ice resurfacer. A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with specific workplace-specific trainingcific

    Personal Protective Equipment Required:Participants attending this course are required to supply and wear their own CSA-approved head protection, layered clothing, and appropriate footwear suitable for an ice arena environment. No exceptions.

    More Information

    Instructor: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

    • Monday, September 10, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Thursday, September 13, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Newmarket, ON
    • 30
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    Basic Arena Refrigeration

    Monday, September 10 to Thursday, September 13, 2018
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (Lounge 2), 100 Eagle St, Newmarket, ON L3Y 1J4 - Google Maps

    This is an introductory course for operators with little or no knowledge of the subject matter, or for those wishing to refresh their knowledge. More Information

    Workplace-Specific Training: A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with specific workplace-specific training.

    Personal Protective Equipment Required: Participants attending this course must supply and wear their own CSA-approved footwear suitable for a refrigeration plant site visit. No exceptions.

    Instructor: Bill Vass, Specialist, Visionary Arena Services

    • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Thorold, ON
    • 30
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    Safe Arena Refrigeration Plant Operator

    This is a refresher course designed for operators who completed Basic Arena Refrigeration more than five years previously, and who may have no desire to pursue more advanced courses in the subject. The course is also suitable as a high-level overview of refrigeration information appropriate for full-time and part-time recreation staff. The course instructors are ice arena practitioners. More Information

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 8:30am to 4:30pm
    Thorold Community Arenas, 70 Front St N, Thorold, ON L2V 1X6 -  Google Map

    Instructor: Terry Piche, CFRP, CIT, Technical Director, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

    • Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Friday, September 28, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Timmins, ON
    • 12
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    Ice Making and Painting Technologies

    Tuesday, September 25 to Friday, September 28, 2018

    Archie Dillon Sportsplex Arena,, 396 Theriault Blvd. Timmins, ON, P4N 5B6 - Google Map

    Doug Moore, the world’s first recognized professional “Ice Technician” was the late founder of Jet Ice Ltd. and also the Chief Engineer at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto for 30 years. He was a hands-on practitioner that understood the specific day-to-day needs of facility operators. Doug’s contributions set the foundation that has helped give the industry the look and quality of ice that is enjoyed today by athletes in the sports of hockey, curling and figure skating. Doug was an innovator of the arena industry, specializing in ice making technology, speed-painting procedures and openly shared his passion, vast skills and knowledge in this science willingly with facility owners, managers and operators throughout North America. Following in Doug’s commitment is current Jet Ice Vice President, Dave Loverock. Dave, mentored by Doug, continued in the tradition set by the Jet Ice founder by focusing on the same hands-on, frontline proven principles with an eager openness to explore innovation and change. Today, these revolutionary ice making concepts and theories have been implemented in a wide range of community and professional facilities and are considered best practice throughout the ice industry. 

    Beginning in the 1990s, Doug Moore partnered with the ORFA as the first IMPT instructor in bringing his expertise in a more formal professional development setting. Upon Doug’s passing his family intrusted the ORFA to keep his legacy alive by sharing his course materials, notes and pictures for future generations of ice-makers. Together, the ORFA and Jet Ice created and continue to provide the recognized industry leading standard for professional development in ice-making principles and application techniques for all ice technicians. It is important to note that litigation involving ice condition will almost always use the ORFA Ice Making and Painting Technologies course materials as the proven acceptable industry standard to be met. Knowing and applying these established principles is essential to reducing ice arena risk of liability. 

    Creating a durable sheet of ice requires a clear understanding of the ice making venue and its mechanical ability and limitations. This environment will include basic yet essential scientific principles surrounding air, water, ice paint, logo materials and HVAC-R systems. Building on the theory gained in the refrigeration classes, this course will enhance the participants’ knowledge, while increasing their operational effectiveness through a clear understanding of proven ice installation principles and techniques. Further, participants will learn basic standard facility operation practices and have practical demonstrations with limited hands-on exposure to various proven on-ice application techniques. Risks and hazards associated with ice making are also reviewed so that participants are aware of the hidden dangers associated with this task. More Information

    Prerequisites: Participants should have completed the Basic Arena Refrigeration course or the Advanced Refrigeration Facility Operator course and have one year, hands-on, artificial ice experience. It is further recommended that prior to attending this course, participants visit ORFA’s Resource Centre and review materials found in the Arena Ice Operations section www.orfa.com/Ice-Arena-Operations applicable to the topic of ice making

    Workplace-Specific Training: A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with workplace-specific training.

    Personal Protective Equipment Required: Participants attending this course are required to supply and wear their own CSA-approved head protection, layered clothing, and appropriate footwear suitable for an ice arena environment. No exceptions.

    Instructors: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, ORFA

    • Monday, October 01, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Thursday, October 04, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Ottawa, ON
    • 30
    Register

    Basic Arena Refrigeration

    Monday, October 1 to Thursday, October 4, 2018
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Richcraft Sensplex, 813 Shefford Rd, Ottawa, ON K1J 8H9 - Google Maps

    This is an introductory course for operators with little or no knowledge of the subject matter, or for those wishing to refresh their knowledge. More Information

    Workplace-Specific Training: A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with specific workplace-specific training.

    Personal Protective Equipment Required: Participants attending this course must supply and wear their own CSA-approved footwear suitable for a refrigeration plant site visit. No exceptions.

    Instructor: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

    • Monday, October 15, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Caledon, ON
    • 10
    Register

    Basic Arena Refrigeration

    Monday, October 15 to Thursday, October 18, 2018
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Mayfield Recreation Complex, 12087 Bramalea Rd,, Caledon, ON L7C 2P9 - Google Maps

    This is an introductory course for operators with little or no knowledge of the subject matter, or for those wishing to refresh their knowledge. More Information

    Workplace-Specific Training: A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with specific workplace-specific training.

    Personal Protective Equipment Required: Participants attending this course must supply and wear their own CSA-approved footwear suitable for a refrigeration plant site visit. No exceptions.

    Instructor: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

    • Thursday, November 15, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Napanee, ON
    • 28
    Register

    CIT Recertification Course - Classroom-based

    Thursday, November 15, 2018, 8:30am to 4:30pm

    Strathcona Paper Centre, 16 McPherson Dr., Napanee, ON K7R 3L1 -  Google Map

    The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA) introduced the Certified Ice Technician (CIT) professional designation in 1997. This NHL-recognized credential was designed to acknowledge the academic excellence and specialized expertise of individuals who work in artificial ice operations. Overwhelmingly, the CIT designation has been the most sought-after of all the ORFA professional designations. Today, close to 70% of arenas, ice and refrigeration job postings specifically state the preference to recruiting those individuals who hold the CIT professional designation.

    Since 1997, over 1000 individuals have been awarded the CIT designation. More recently, there has been discussion and reflection, based on industry needs and legal counsel, that to ensure these individuals remain current in industry best practices and knowledge, that a recertification program be designed and implemented. More Information

    Instructor: Terry Piche, CRFP, CIT, Technical Director, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

    • Monday, November 19, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Thursday, November 22, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Thornhill, ON
    • 27
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    Basic Arena Refrigeration

    Monday, November 19 to Thursday, November 22, 2018
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Thornhill Community Centre (B1 & B2 Basement - Main Building), 7755 Bayview Ave, Thornhill, ON L3T 4P1 - Google Maps

    This is an introductory course for operators with little or no knowledge of the subject matter, or for those wishing to refresh their knowledge. More Information

    Workplace-Specific Training: A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with specific workplace-specific training.

    Personal Protective Equipment Required: Participants attending this course must supply and wear their own CSA-approved footwear suitable for a refrigeration plant site visit. No exceptions.

    Instructor: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

    • Tuesday, November 27, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Friday, November 30, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Cobden, ON
    • 30
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    Basic Arena Refrigeration

    Tuesday, November 27 to Friday, November 30, 2018
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Cobden Arena (Upper Hall), 43 Astrolabe Rd, Cobden, ON K0J 1K0 - Google Maps

    This is an introductory course for operators with little or no knowledge of the subject matter, or for those wishing to refresh their knowledge. More Information

    Workplace-Specific Training: A reminder is given to facility supervisory staff that to complete the educational process successful participants must return to work and be provided with specific workplace-specific training.

    Personal Protective Equipment Required: Participants attending this course must supply and wear their own CSA-approved footwear suitable for a refrigeration plant site visit. No exceptions.

    Instructor: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

    • Monday, December 03, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Mississauga, ON
    • 30
    Register

    CIT Recertification Course - Classroom-based

    Monday, December 3, 2018, 8:30am to 4:30pm

    Centre for Health and Safety Innovation, 5110 Creekbank Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 0A1 -  Google Map

    The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA) introduced the Certified Ice Technician (CIT) professional designation in 1997. This NHL-recognized credential was designed to acknowledge the academic excellence and specialized expertise of individuals who work in artificial ice operations. Overwhelmingly, the CIT designation has been the most sought-after of all the ORFA professional designations. Today, close to 70% of arenas, ice and refrigeration job postings specifically state the preference to recruiting those individuals who hold the CIT professional designation.

    Since 1997, over 1000 individuals have been awarded the CIT designation. More recently, there has been discussion and reflection, based on industry needs and legal counsel, that to ensure these individuals remain current in industry best practices and knowledge, that a recertification program be designed and implemented. More Information

    Instructor: Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT, Coordinator, Training and Development, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.

Past events

Monday, May 14, 2018 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, May 14, 2018 Legal Awareness I - Supervising in a Recreation Environment (RC)
Friday, May 04, 2018 Safe Arena Refrigeration Plant Operator (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, April 30, 2018 2018 ORFA EXPO - Free Pass
Monday, April 30, 2018 2018 ORFA EXPO
Sunday, April 29, 2018 63rd Annual Professional Development Program
Monday, April 16, 2018 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Thursday, April 12, 2018 Legal Awareness I - Supervising in a Recreation Environment (RC)
Monday, April 09, 2018 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, April 09, 2018 Grounds Operations and Maintenance (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, April 09, 2018 Legal Awareness I - Supervising in a Recreation Environment (RC)
Tuesday, April 03, 2018 Basic Arena Refrigeration (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, April 02, 2018 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, March 26, 2018 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, March 26, 2018 Basic Arena Refrigeration (RC)
Monday, March 26, 2018 Ice Maintenance and Equipment Operations (RC)
Monday, March 26, 2018 Legal Awareness I - Supervising in a Recreation Environment (RC)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Legal Awareness I - Supervising in a Recreation Environment (RC)
Monday, March 19, 2018 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, March 19, 2018 Basic Arena Refrigeration (RC)
Monday, March 12, 2018 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, March 05, 2018 Basic Arena Refrigeration (RC)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 Safe Arena Refrigeration Plant Operator (RC)
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Safe Arena Refrigeration Plant Operator (RC)
Monday, February 26, 2018 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, February 26, 2018 Basic Arena Refrigeration (RC)
Monday, February 19, 2018 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, February 12, 2018 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, February 05, 2018 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, January 29, 2018 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, January 22, 2018 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, December 18, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, December 11, 2017 Ice Maintenance and Equipment Operations (RC)
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 LIVE WEBCAST EVENT - 2017 Facilities Operational Forum and Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 Facilities Operational Forum and ORFA Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 2017 Corporate Showcase - Facilities Operational Forum (FOF/AGM)
Monday, December 04, 2017 CIT Recertification Course - Classroom-based (RC)
Monday, November 27, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, November 27, 2017 Ice Maintenance and Equipment Operations (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 CIT Recertification Course - Classroom-based (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, November 20, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, November 13, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, November 13, 2017 Basic Arena Refrigeration (RC)
Monday, November 13, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, November 13, 2017 Cemeterian™ Operations and Management (RC)
Monday, November 06, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, October 30, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, October 30, 2017 Cemeterian™ Operations and Management (RC)
Monday, October 23, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, October 16, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, October 16, 2017 Ice Maintenance and Equipment Operations (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Legal Awareness I - Supervising in a Recreation Environment (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, October 09, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, October 02, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Friday, September 22, 2017 CIT Recertification Course - Classroom-based (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, September 18, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, September 18, 2017 Ice Maintenance and Equipment Operations (RC)
Monday, September 11, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, September 11, 2017 Basic Arena Refrigeration (RC)
Tuesday, September 05, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, August 28, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, August 28, 2017 Ice Making and Painting Technologies (RC)
Monday, August 21, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Ice Making and Painting Technologies (RC)
Monday, August 07, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, July 31, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Ice Making and Painting Technologies (RC)
Monday, July 24, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Legal Awareness II – Managing in a Recreation Environment (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, July 17, 2017 Basic Arena Refrigeration (RC)
Monday, July 17, 2017 Legal Awareness I - Supervising in a Recreation Environment (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, June 26, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, June 19, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, June 19, 2017 Ice Making and Painting Technologies (RC)
Monday, June 12, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, June 05, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Friday, June 02, 2017 CIT Recertification Course - Classroom-based (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Thursday, June 01, 2017 Aquatic Facility Operations - Beyond the Basics (RC)
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Legal Awareness I - Supervising in a Recreation Environment (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, May 29, 2017 Essentials of Swimming Pool Operations (RC)
Monday, May 15, 2017 Basic Arena Refrigeration (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, May 01, 2017 2017 ORFA EXPO - Free Pass
Monday, May 01, 2017 2017 ORFA EXPO
Sunday, April 30, 2017 62nd Annual Professional Development Program
Monday, April 24, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, April 17, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, April 10, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, April 10, 2017 Legal Awareness I - Supervising in a Recreation Environment (RC)
Monday, April 10, 2017 CIT Recertification Course - Classroom-based (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, April 03, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, March 27, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, March 27, 2017 Basic Arena Refrigeration (RC)
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, March 20, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, March 20, 2017 Basic Arena Refrigeration (RC)
Monday, March 20, 2017 Safe Arena Refrigeration Plant Operator (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Monday, March 13, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, March 06, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, March 06, 2017 Basic Arena Refrigeration (RC)
Monday, February 27, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, February 20, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, February 13, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, February 06, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, January 30, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, January 23, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, January 16, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, January 02, 2017 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, December 19, 2016 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Thursday, December 15, 2016 Safe Arena Refrigeration Plant Operator (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (IN-HOUSE/RC)
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 LIVE WEBCAST EVENT - 2016 Facilities Operational Forum and Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 Facilities Operational Forum and ORFA Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 2016 Corporate Showcase - Facilities Operational Forum (FOF/AGM)
Monday, December 05, 2016 CIT Recertification Course - Classroom-based (RC)
Monday, November 28, 2016 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, November 21, 2016 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, November 14, 2016 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, November 07, 2016 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Thursday, November 03, 2016 CIT Recertification Course - Classroom-based (RC)
Monday, October 31, 2016 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (ONLINE)
Monday, October 24, 2016 Safe Ice Resurfacer Op