Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, January 01, 2023
    • Sunday, December 31, 2023
    • Online
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    Legal Awareness II - Managing in a Recreation Environment (OLSS)


    This online self-study (OLSS) course must be completed in 30 days from enrollment date. Participants will receive an email confirming that they have been enrolled in the online course.

    This training course is considered essential professional development for any recreation staff member with managerial or supervisory responsibilities in a recreation setting. The increase in health and safety responsibility being adopted by every Canadian workplace is merely a gateway to the many other similar regulatory and legislative responsibilities in our industry. No two recreation departments are designed the same. This course explores the diverse, and at times, overlapping legal obligations associated with recreation programs, services and infrastructure. Each operation must be carefully and individually analyzed to determine regulatory responsibility so that policy and procedures can be designed to both reflect legal obligations and industry best practices. This training session is designed as a check and balance to known regulated responsibilities based on member experiences over decades of operations. It will provide participants with sufficient knowledge to know when additional research is required or if outside professional support to better understand and meet compliance so that the operations risk of accountability is reduced. One of the most important skills of all senior recreation administrative staff is one of information broker to other internal administrative staff so that sound operational decisions can be made. Understanding that not knowing any legal responsibility should operational conduct or lack there of, be called into question legally is not a legal defence.

    Topics include:

    • An in-depth review of the Canadian legal system
      • The anatomy of a lawsuit
      • Understanding personal accountability at work
    • The law as it relates to standard recreation facility operations
      • Standard operational requirements
      • Employment law
    • The Codes, Acts and Regulation Landscape
      • Policy and procedures development and application
      • The role of industry best practice
    • Documentation Management
      • Proving operational competency
      • The art of record keeping
      • The benefits of asset management
      • Meeting emergency management requirements
    • Designing staffs competency pathway through professional development, certification and workplace specific training
      • How to get the people you need with the right skills, at no cost
      • What must be done once you find these people
    • Creating and applying proven risk avoidance strategies
      • Designing operational tools that meet or exceed industry standards

    Participants will leave with a renewed sense of importance of legislative compliance and an industry standard tool box of information that will play a significant role in helping maintain a safe work and play environment.

    This course is worth 14 professional development credits towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation

    • Sunday, January 01, 2023
    • Sunday, December 31, 2023
    • Online
    Register

    Recreation Facility Cleaning, Disinfection and Sanitizing Principles (OLSS)


    The online course is self-study, and must be completed in 30 days from enrollment date. Participants will receive a confirmation email that they have been enrolled in the online course. The session was previously delivered as a one day classroom event, and depending on online learning skills, individuals may anticipate a 3-4 hour total session duration.

    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.

    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 with successful completion will lead to an ORFA recognized certificate of successful completion.

    • Sunday, January 01, 2023
    • Sunday, December 31, 2023
    • Online
    Register

    Safe Arena Refrigeration Plant Owner/Operator (OLSS)


    The online course is self-study, and must be completed in 30 days from enrollment date. Participants will receive a confirmation email that they have been enrolled in the online course. The session was previously delivered as a one day classroom event, and depending on online learning skills, individuals may anticipate a 7-8 hour total session duration.

    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 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 will benefit from understanding the roles, responsibilities and regulatory responsibilities associated with the Operating Engineers Regulation.

    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 with successful completion will lead to an ORFA recognized certificate of successful completion.

    • Sunday, January 01, 2023
    • Sunday, December 31, 2023
    • Online
    Register

    Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (OLSS)


    The online course is self-study, and must be completed in 30 days from enrollment date. Participants will receive a confirmation email that they have been enrolled in the online course. The session was previously delivered as a one day classroom event, and depending on online learning skills, individuals may anticipate a 8-10 hour total session duration.

    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 Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator (SIRO) training course is considered  a basic introduction to the known 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 with successful completion will lead to an ORFA recognized certificate of successful completion.

    • Sunday, January 01, 2023
    • Sunday, December 31, 2023
    • Online
    Register

    CIT Recertification Course (OLSS)


    This online self-study course must be completed in 30 days from enrollment date. Participants will receive an email confirming that they have been enrolled in the online course.

    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

    • Wednesday, February 15, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • ONLINE
    Register

    ORFA Webinar


    Understanding Advancements in Electric Vehicle (EV) Ice Resurfacers

    Wednesday, February 15, 2023, Online • 10:00 am to 11:00 am

    The ORFA and Zamboni Co. are pleased to co-host an electric ice resurfacer technology webinar. The presentation will explain different battery technologies and how they are designed to perform, what operator care that is required, life expectancy, and recycling options. This webinar is designed to assist ORFA members in better understanding the differences associated with EV technology and exploring what the future may hold in regards to an observed industry shift toward electric power ice maintenance equipment.

    Presenters: ORFA and Zamboni Co.

     

    This webinar is worth 1 professional development credits towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation

    • Wednesday, February 22, 2023
    • Thursday, February 23, 2023
    • IN PERSON (University of Guelph)

    Ontario Turfgrass Symposium (OTS)

    Early Bird registration deadline is Friday, February 10. Don't miss out!

    Register today

    CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

    OTS has an exciting lineup of speakers and sessions for this year's conference. Visit our Sessions page for details.

    SESSION HIGHLIGHTS

    Real Issues or Fake News: An Overview of Nematodes and Bacterial Pathogens in Turfgrass Systems

    Dr. Jim Kerns, Professor and Extension Specialist | NC State University Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

    Specs for Success: Sod Installations for Municipalities

    Panel Discussion: Mike Schiedel, Greenhorizons | Chris Spere, City of Kitchener | Gavin Vermeer, City of Waterloo | Dr. Sean Kelly, University of Guelph

    THE LEADING EDGE OF INFORMATION

    As Canada’s foremost event for the turf sector—including lawn care, sports turf, golf, recreation facilities and nursery sod—the annual Ontario Turfgrass Symposium offers sessions on the latest research and innovations in turf management.

    • Monday, May 01, 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, May 05, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Mississauga, ON

    Monday, Monday, May 1 to Friday, May 5, 2023

    Join us live in Mississauga, Ontario at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation, or connect virtually for a variety of training courses and the Monday Facility Professional Development Session focused on emerging issues, trends, and challenges. All four-day courses commence on the Tuesday allowing participation in the Monday Professional Development Session at no additional cost.

    Facility Professional Development Session - Monday, May 1, 2023

    • Building A Positive Working Relationship With Regional Public Health Inspectors
    • Emergency Preparedness Week Is Held The First Week Of May Each Year – Is Our Industry Ready?
    • Playground and Sports Field Risk Management Best Practices
    • The Ontario Municipal Health And Safety Professional Association – Is It For You?

    ORFA Training Courses - 4-day Courses will Start on Tuesday, May 2, 2023

    • Advanced Recreation Facilities Business Management I
    • Leadership Skills for Recreation Professionals (In-Person Only)
    • Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO) (In-Person Only)
    • Aquatic Facility Operations
    • Grounds Operations and Maintenance
    • Cemeterian Operations and Management
    • Building Management and Operations
    • Basic Arena Refrigeration
    • Advanced Refrigeration Facility Operator
    • Ice Making and Painting Technologies (In-Person Only)
    • Ice Maintenance and Equipment Operations (In-Person Only)