Ice Technician Development

The process for Level 1 Ice Technician training and certification has CHANGED!  Participants will now be required to complete the World Curling Federation’s “Ice Technical Level 1” online course through the World Curling Academy.  Level 1 Practical “In Person” evaluation sessions will be scheduled to complete the certification process.  

Ontario’s Ice Technicians are amongst 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.

Facility Operator Assistant (7 hour workshop) 

Cost $99 + 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
2020-21 Facility Operator Assistant Workshops
DateLocationRegistrationRegistration Closes
November 7, 2020Welland Curling Club, Welland OntarioClick HERE to RegisterNovember 2, 2020 at 9:00 am EST

Level 1 Ice Technician Workshop (2 day workshop)

Cost: $250 +  HST

Designed to teach the Ice Technician how to maintain the curling ice during the season.

Pre-requisite:  None

Participants can expect to learn:

  • Ice Plant Care and Operation
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Ice and Building Temperature 
  • Pebbling 
  • Use of Hand and Mechanical Scrapers
  • Maintenance Long Term Care of Curling Stones
  • Ice Conditions
2020-21 Level 1 Ice Technician Practical Evaluations (2 day evaluation Cost: $120 +HST)
(Requires Certificate of Completion of WCF online Ice Technician Level 1 Course)
DateLocationRegistrationRegistration Closes
November 14/15, 2020 (8am - 5pm)KW Granite Club - Waterloo OntarioClick HERE to RegisterNovember 9, 2020 at 9:00am EST
2020-21 Level 1 Ice Technician Workshops (does NOT require the WCF Course)
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Level 2 Ice Technician Workshop (2.5 day workshop)

Cost: $350 + HST

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

Prerequisite: Level 1 Ice Technician Certification plus min. 2 years practical experience after completion of a Level 1 Ice Technician course.

Participants can expect to learn about:

  • Floors and Draining 
  • Spraying and Flooding 
  • Painting 
  • Taping 
  • Ice Equipment 
  • Plant Equipment 
  • Rocks 
  • Pebbling and Water Quality 
Level 2 Ice Technical Workshops
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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.

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.