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

DateLocationRegistration Closes

Curling Club Ice Technician Practical (2 day workshop) – Part of Curling Canada’s Ice Tech Pathway

Cost: $120 +  HST

Designed to teach the Ice Technician practical skills for maintaining the curling ice during the season.

Pre-requisite:  WCF Introduction to Maintaining Curling Ice  OR Curling Canada Level 1 Certification OR 12 months working in a curling club OR Completion of the Facility Assistant Operator Course

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


DateLocationRegistration Closes
November 27/28, 2021St. Catharines Golf and Country ClubNovember 22, 2021 at 9:00 am


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
DateLocationRegisterRegistration Closes

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.


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