Ice Technician Development

The process for Ice Technician training and certification is CHANGING!

Ontario’s Ice Technicians are among the best in the world. The Ice Technician certification courses were developed with help from Ontario Instructors to ensure that this tradition continues. It should be noted that a period of practical experience obtained in the club and ongoing education through seminars and workshops is what truly makes an excellent Ice Technician.

Once the process is completed, the Ice Technician receives certification from Curling Canada.

For each workshop or in person evaluation, Participants will require note-taking materials, clothing and footwear suitable for on-ice work.

Certificates of Completion will be issued by Curling Canada.

Club Ice Tech Assistant (7 hour workshop)

Cost $110 + HST

Designed to teach assistants, basic maintenance of ice.

Pre-requisite:  None

Participants can expect to learn:

  • Safety
  • Opening Procedures
  • Scraping
  • Pebbling
  • Nipping
  • Cleaning
  • Temperature Monitoring
  • Closing Procedures
  • Draw Change Procedures
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Curling Club Ice Technician Practical – Part of Curling Canada’s Ice Tech Pathway

Cost: $500 + HST

Designed to teach the Ice Technician how to install curling ice with a review of maintenance procedures.

Participants must have one of the following pre-requisites/statuses:

  • Trained Club Ice Technician Assistant;
  • World Curling Federation – Introduction to Curling Ice Maintenance (online course);
  • 12 months working in a curling facility under the supervision of a Certified Curling Ice Technician;
  • Former Curling Canada Level 1 Ice Technician Course; or
  • Former Facility Operator Assistant training.

Replaces old “Level 2”

Participants can expect to learn about:

  • Floors and Draining
  • Spraying and Flooding
  • Painting
  • Taping
  • Ice Equipment
  • Plant Equipment
  • Rocks
  • Pebbling and Water Quality
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Curling Ice Technician Evaluation 

When the Ice Technician is ready to have their skills evaluated for certification, they will need to register here and pay the $50 registration fee.  Please refer to the Curling Ice Technician Evaluation form for the evidence that is required to be observed by the evaluator.

The evaluation may be done in-person with an evaluator present or via video.  The Ice Technician candidate will be contacted to determine the best way for the evaluation to be conducted.

Video Protocol:

  • The video may be submitted in segments capturing each evidence in the Curling Ice Technician Evaluation form.
  • Ensure the camera is stable and steady
  • Try to ensure there is adequate lighting
  • In addition to videoing each evidence, video scraping up and back 1 sheet of ice and pebbling one way

Send the video by email via Dropbox or wetransfer.com.  Information about where to send the video is in the registration form.

 

Please Contact Andrea Ronnebeck with any questions: andrea.ronnebeck@curlnoca.ca

 

Level 3 Ice Technician Workshop (5 day workshop)

Advanced Theory in Ice Making Applications Participants learn the latest techniques from some of the top Ice Technicians in the country.

Prerequisite: Level 2 Ice Technician Certification plus min. 3 – 5 years practical experience after completion of a Level 2 Ice Technician course.

DELIVERED BY CURLING CANADA

Participants can expect to learn about:

  • Facility Design/Construction
  • Mechanical Equipment/Operation
  • Water Quality
  • Humidity
  • Energy Conservation
  • Safety
  • Refrigeration (does not lead to government licensing).

LEVEL 3 UPDATE:  This workshop is delivered by Curling Canada.  Curling Canada has suspended delivery of these workshops as they are re-designing Canada’s Ice Technician Training Programs.

 

The Ontario Curling Council is a member of the Ontario Recreations Facilities Association.

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