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The Association is dedicated to excellence in education and to that end ensures its courses are continually reviewed and revised so that all information taught is up-to-date and relevant. Excellence in education also means the RFABC strives to ensure all courses exceed industry standards and competitive offerings. Pool Operator Level I and II, Arena Ice Maker's Building Service Worker I, II, III and the Ice Facility Operator Courses are among those quality education opportunities offered. We take courses into your facility! If your municipality or department needs for a specific course, please complete the Course Request Form and email or fax it in today.

RFABC Members receive a 10% discount on all course fees! All prices are subject to GST. Click here for the Course Registration Policy.

COURSE REQUEST FORM
Prior to hosting a Recreation Facilities Association of B.C. course in your community or facility and in order that we can provide the best learning experience possible, our Association requires you to complete the this Course Requisition Request.

WESTERN REGIONAL MASTER TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE
The Western Certificate is a very important step in the development of the Western provincial/territorial Associations. This will enhance the development and growth of the provincial/territorial Associations for their memberships. It will strengthen the link between the Western provincial/territorial associations and it will show we are the true leaders in educational development for our respective associations.

The files below give the information about the Western Certification program. It costs $50.00 and will ensure that the training you take here in British Columbia is recognized across Western Canada. If you are interested in signing up for the program call the office at 1-877-285-3421 or email the office at info@rfabc.com.
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Courses
Course Description Reg'n Fee
Arena Ice Maker

    New courses dates and locations
    are under development for 2015.
    If your community would like to
    host this course in 2015 or 2016,
    call 1-877-285-3421.

This course is ideal for the less experienced arena operators learning their trade and is equally ideal for experienced operators wishing to upgrade their skills. Topics covered include Principles of Ice Making and Painting humidity and building conditions, ice temperatures, water quality, ice installation, mid season logo installation and removal, ice energy management, ice measurements, edging, cross cutting and facility changeovers Ice Resurfacer: maintenance, laser level and Fast ice conditioners Preventative Maintenance: establishing a program, log books and software programs; Dasher Board Systems: construction and maintenance, shielding and netting systems and current participant safety issues. The course includes hands-on sessions in the making, marking, painting and maintaining artificial ice surfaces. Participants will require warm work clothing, work boots and CSA approved head protection with chin strap for the on-ice sessions. Students passing a written exam will earn RFABC certification. $415.00
Building Service Worker I

    September 22 and 23, 2014
    in Mission - SOLD OUT
    Register Here

    New courses dates and locations
    are under development for 2015.
    If your community would like to
    host this course in 2015 or 2016,
    call 1-877-285-3421.

This course will show students the importance of custodial skills in their facilities. All aspects of facility care will be covered from floor care, to chemical safety to proper use of equipment. $288.00
Building Service Worker II - Floor Care

    September 24 and 25, 2014
    in Mission
    Register Here

    New courses dates and locations
    are under development for 2015.
    If your community would like to
    host this course in 2015 or 2016,
    call 1-877-285-3421.

The course covers correct maintenance procedures for virtually all types of resilient and hard surface flooring, including vinyl, concrete, terrazzo, marble, ceramic and quarry tile and wood. Detailed instruction is provided for 1 cleaning, stripping, etching, sealing, finishing routine day-to-day maintenance, rotational maintenance, restoration, including UHS finishing 2) the types, characteristics and application of sealers, finishes, restorers; sanitizing, disinfection and aseptic floor care and; 3) equipment, including power floor machines and attachments how they work, how to choose the best for the job. $288.00
Ice Facility Operator

    September 22 thru 26, 2014
    in Delta
    Register Here

    New courses dates and locations
    are under development for 2015.
    If your community would like to
    host this course in 2015 or 2016,
    call 1-877-285-3421.

This 40 hour course - 5 consecutive-8 hour days - prepares students to write the British Columbia Safety Authority BCSA provincial IFO exam. Course content includes basic applied mathematics, safety, codes and regulations, basic refrigeration thermodynamics and system components, floor systems, coolants, electrical systems, heat reclaim and humidity control and general maintenance procedures. The pre-requisite for the BCSA IFO Exam are A. 40 hours job training through completion of the IFO course and exam and B. 30 days’ work experience including completion of the practicum Log Book. The BC Safety Authority requires approximately 30 days’ notice to book an exam. For more information on making application to write the provincial IFO exam, visit the BC Safety Authority Website www.safetyauthority.ca or call toll free 1-866-566-7233. It is recommended course participants purchase a Casio fx 260 solar calculator for the course. This calculator is supplied by the BCSA during the provincial IFO examination. Maximum class size 20. Students interested in pursuing their BCSA Refrigeration Operator RO provincial certification, may use their IFO classroom time as the first of three weeks classroom time required by the BCSA to qualify to write the provincial RO exam. . $850.00
Refrigeration Operator

    October 27 thru November 7, 2014
    in Delta
    Register Here

    New courses dates and locations
    are under development for 2015.
    If your community would like to
    host this course in 2015 or 2016,
    call 1-877-285-3421.

Approved by the British Columbia Safety Authority BCSA, this course prepares students to qualify to write the provincial Refrigeration Operator RO examination. Topics for instruction conform to the BCSA and Standardization of Power Engineers Exam and Certification SOPEEC Syllabus including The Act, Regulations and Codes, Safety, Refrigeration Systems Administration, Refrigeration Fundamentals, Compressors, Controls and Instrumentation, Condensers and Cooling Towers, Evaporators and Cooling Coils, Operation and Maintenance, Electrical, Air Conditioning, Mathematics and Science and Practical Experience. The course runs for two consecutive weeks Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm daily in a classroom setting. Students are required to complete a minimum of one month of pre-reading prior to the scheduled class time. Following the course, registered students may participate in the RFABC RO Online Forum where students can communicate with each other and the Instructor in preparation for the provincial RO examination. Registration fee includes course texts and student study manuals. Course texts are shipped upon receipt of registration fees. For more information on the BCSA provincial RO exam, visit www.safetyauthority.ca. Prerequisite - completion of the IFO course as the first of three weeks required class room time to qualify to write the provincial exam. $1,550.00
Refrigeration Safety Awareness

    October 8, 2014
    in Esquimalt - Archie Browning Sports Centre
    Register Here

    October 23, 2014
    in Parksville - Oceanside Place
    Register Here

    New courses dates and locations
    are under development for 2015.
    If your community would like to
    host this course in 2015 or 2016,
    call 1-877-285-3421.

NEW This 8 hour classroom course, prepares students to write the British Columbia Safety Authority BCSA provincial Refrigeration Safety Awareness RSA exam. The course is suited for personnel working in any regulated refrigeration facility but whose job duties do not include operation andor repair of the refrigeration plant or for IFO or RO certificate holders seeking a refresher course on plant safety. Course content comprises four sections SECTION 1 BC Refrigeration Safety Legislation including: safety regulations, CSA refrigeration code, RSA certificate holder responsibilities, log book use, accident reporting and safety committee. SECTION 2-REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS: Basic refrigeration system components, refrigerants and lubricant use and monitoring, safety valves and operating and safety controls. SECTION 3-SAFETY EQUIPMENT: accident types and prevention, fire classification and prevention and, emergency breathing apparatus. SECTION 4-GENERAL SAFETY: safety alarms and shut down devices, emergency shutdown, evacuation procedures and safe work practices. For more information on making application to write the provincial RSA exam, visit the BC Safety Authority Website www.safetyauthority.ca or call toll free 1-866-566-7233. $333.00
Risk Management for Recreation Facility Operators Online

    November 10 thru December 5, 2014
    in
    Register Here

    New courses dates and locations
    are under development for 2015.
    If your community would like to
    host this course in 2015 or 2016,
    call 1-877-285-3421.

The course explores Negligence Liability and the Risk Management planning process. Students will learn the critical concept of Reasonable Standard of Care and how this impacts and guides all risk management planning efforts. By the end of the course, students will have a clear understanding of the concept of Negligence as it applies to the area of sport and recreation, and will acquire valuable risk management planning tools and the skills necessary to develop and implement a comprehensive risk management plan. Course Goal The primary goal of this online course is to increase staff awareness in the area of Negligence, Legal Liability and Risk Management, and provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to reduce the risk of participant injury – and the potential of negligence litigation. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to 1. Describe and explain the key negligence liability issues facing the Recreation field today 2. Apply the ‘Reasonable Person’ test to a variety of real life scenarios, based on the concept of ‘Standard of Care’ 3. Recognize situations which have potential for injury and litigation, and know what to do about it 4. Use the risk management planning process to develop effective Risk Management plans 5. Develop an audit checklist to use to assess the risks in your program andor facility 6. Develop a prioritized Risk Management Action Plan based on the risks identified in your audit Course Text SportRisk Risk Management Planning Resource by Dr. Ian McGregor. Published by McGregor and Associates 2008, this manual is included in the course fee. Course Length 4 week course is divided into two main sections a Negligence Liability and b Risk Management. In weeks 1-2, the focus is on negligence in the recreation and sport setting. In weeks 3-4, the risk management planning process becomes the focus Course work and assignments should take approximately 5-8 hours per week. Who is Course aimed at All Recreation professionals who need to (a) understand the basic principles of negligence and legal liability, and (b) how to apply simple risk management planning skills to their job situation. $435.00
Special Events Risk Management Online

    October 28 thru November 21, 2014
    in
    Register Here

    New courses dates and locations
    are under development for 2015.
    If your community would like to
    host this course in 2015 or 2016,
    call 1-877-285-3421.

Special Events have transformed into a big issue for Recreation Facility Operators. This course will focus on a simple process, techniques and tools to assess and manage the complex risks involved in planning, organizing and running Special Events. Conducted by McGregor and Associates Risk Management Consultants, the course is aimed at new and seasoned Special Event planners. You will learn how to develop a simple framework to effectively manage Special Events, apply risk management for Special Events, identify and evaluate risks specific to your events, avoid, control and share the risks of Special Events, develop emergency response plans and understand the role of insurance. The course uses online webinar lectures and completion of 'real' project assignments. 4 week course spread over eight weeks. $435.00
Supervisory Skills

    November 26 and 27, 2014
    in Langley Events Centre
    Register Here

    New courses dates and locations
    are under development for 2015.
    If your community would like to
    host this course in 2015 or 2016,
    call 1-877-285-3421.

This comprehensive two day course provides new and experienced supervisors with the tools and skills for building personal confidence in their leadership role in the workplace. Topics include: communication, marketing, budgeting, project management, personal time management, group dynamics, team work, organizational culture, goal setting, delegation, managing change, difficult employees and challenging situations. $320.00
Swimming Pool Operator Level I

    September 21 and 22, 2014
    in Victoria - Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre
    Register Here

    September 26 and 27, 2014
    in Mission
    Register Here

    October 18 and 19, 2014
    in Fairmont Hot Springs
    Register Here

    October 21 and 22, 2014
    in Kelowna - Best Western Plus Hotel and Suites
    Register Here

    New courses dates and locations
    are under development for 2015.
    If your community would like to
    host this course in 2015 or 2016,
    call 1-877-285-3421.

This course provides in-class and hands-on experience for those involved or wishing to be involved in swimming pool operations. In the municipal aquatics field, this course is a minimum requirements and is recognized by the Provincial Health Authority for meeting the minimum Health Act training requirement. Topics include water circulation equipment, pool volume calculations, basic chlorine chemistry, Langlier Saturation Index, water balance, water testing, safe handling and storage of pool chemicals. Participants should bring a calculator to class. Successful candidates will receive the Level I Swimming Pool Operator certificate which is recognized inter-provincially through the Western Facility Operators Master Certificate Program. $225.00
Swimming Pool Operator Level II

    October 22 and 23, 2014
    in Mission
    Register Here

    October 25 and 26, 2014
    in Oak Bay
    Register Here

    New courses dates and locations
    are under development for 2015.
    If your community would like to
    host this course in 2015 or 2016,
    call 1-877-285-3421.

This two day Pool program introduces advanced principles in swimming pool operations. The students deal with more complex pool problems and skills on how to solve them. Topics include problem solving, advanced chemistry, energy conservation, trouble shooting, new technology, risk management and program maintenance systems. Time will be spent on the current Health Regulations and how they impact pool operations including the Pool Safety Plan. For people who have completed Pool Safety plans, time will be available for discussion of the plans. Successful candidates completing a written exam will receive a Level II Pool Operator Certificate. This Certificate is recognized by the Facility Associations in Western Canada, the BC Ministry of Health and Municipalities in B.C. $225.00

Recreation Facilities Association of British Columbia (RFABC)
Box 112, Powell River, BC V8A 4Z5
Call Toll free: 1-877-285-3421
E-mail: info@rfabc.com ... Office Hours - 8:30 am to 12:30 pm