Arena & Refrigeration Courses

If you are in the arena or refrigeration industry, RFABC offers the following training courses to further your skills and career.

Registration Fee:Member Rate: $1100 | Non-Member Rate: $1250

This 40-hour course prepares students to write the Technical Safety BC (TSBC) 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.

This course and successful Exam are the ​pre-requisite ​for ​the ​TSBC Provincial ​IFO ​Exam along with ​30 ​days’ ​work ​experience ​including ​completion ​of ​the ​practicum ​Logbook. ​For ​more ​information ​on ​​writing ​the ​provincial ​IFO ​exam, ​visit ​the ​TSBC website or ​call ​toll ​free ​1-866-566-7233.

Course ​participants will receive a Course Manual, ​calculator, and the Academic Supplement ​for ​the ​course.​​ Students ​interested ​in ​​their ​TSBC ​Refrigeration ​Operator ​Provincial ​certification, ​may ​use ​this ​IFO ​classroom ​time ​as ​the ​first ​of ​three ​weeks ​classroom ​time ​required ​by ​the ​TSBC ​to ​qualify ​to ​write ​the ​Provincial ​RO ​exam.

Prerequisites:

  1. Should have completed grade 12 or acceptable equivalent education particularly math and English.
  2. Should be acceptably fluent in English in verbal, written and spoken.
  3. It is recommended that an applicant works or intends to work in the Ice Rink Industry as refrigeration work experience is required to obtain the final qualification.

 

Upcoming Courses

Apr. 29 - May 3, 2024
Delta, BC
FULL
May 27-31, 2024
Merritt, BC
Jun. 10-14, 2024
Richmond, BC
Oct. 7-11, 2024
Kelowna, BC
Nov. 4-8, 2024
Cranbrook, BC

Registration Fee:Member Rate: $485 | Non-Member Rate: $560

This course is ideal for the front-line arena operator who is looking for an opportunity to upgrade their skills in basic arena operations. Both experienced and new operators are encouraged to register. This course would also be suitable for supervisors, managers and other recreation staff members wishing to increase their knowledge and awareness about ice arena operations.

Course Goals and Outcomes:

  • A basic understanding of theory and practical applications of ice installations.
  • A basic understanding of ice theory, operations, maintenance and quality control.
  • A basic understanding of the importance of a preventative maintenance program.
  • A basic understanding of arena hockey dasher boards systems, construction, and maintenance.

The ice making portion consists of instruction and practical, hands-on sessions in the making, marking, painting and maintenance of artificial ice surfaces. Participants will require warm work clothing for the on-ice sessions.

Upcoming Courses

Jun. 22-23, 2024
Kelowna, BC
Jul. 4-5, 2024
New Westminster, BC
Jul. 29-30, 2024
North Saanich, BC
Sep. 21-22, 2024
Kelowna, BC

Registration Fee:Member Rate: $1950 | Non-Member Rate: $2175

Approved by Technical Safety BC (TSBC), this course prepares students to qualify to write the Provincial Refrigeration Operator Exam. 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, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily, in a classroom setting. Students must bring the academic supplement from their IFO Course and a calculator. The course manual, included in the registration fee, is provided to students at the course location on their first day in the classroom. For more information on the TSBC provincial RO exam, visit Technical Safety BC.

Prerequisites:

  1. Completion of the IFO course as the first of three weeks required classroom time to qualify to write the TSBC Provincial Exam.
  2. Should have completed grade 12 or acceptable equivalent education particularly math and English.
  3. Should be acceptably fluent in English in verbal, written and spoken.
  4. It is recommended that an applicant works or intends to work in the Ice Rink Industry as refrigeration work experience is required to obtain the final qualification.

Upcoming Courses

May 6-17, 2024
Burnaby, BC
Jul. 8-19, 2024
Vernon, BC

Registration Fee:Member Rate: $450 | Non-Member Rate: $535

This 8-hour classroom course prepares students to write the Technical Safety BC provincial Refrigeration Safety Awareness RSA exam. This course is suited for personnel working in any regulated refrigeration facility, but whose job duties do not include operation and/or repair of the refrigeration plant. It is also for IFO or RO certificate holders seeking a refresher course on plant safety. Course content comprises four sections:

Section 1, BC Refrigeration Safety Legislation: Safety Regulations, CSA Refrigeration Code, RSA Certificate holder responsibilities, logbook 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 Technical Safety BC Website or call toll free 1-866-566-7233.

Prerequisites:

  1. Should have completed grade 12 or acceptable equivalent education particularly math and English.
  2. Should be acceptably fluent in English in verbal, written and spoken.
  3. It is recommended that an applicant works or intends to work in the Ice Rink Industry as refrigeration work experience is required to obtain the final qualification.

 

 

Upcoming Courses

Mar. 18, 2024
Merritt, BC
Mar. 25, 2024
Vancouver, BC
Apr. 27, 2024
Victoria, BC
May 11, 2023
Fort St. John, BC
Jun. 8, 2024
Cranbrook, BC
Jun. 24, 2024
Langley, BC
Sep. 21, 2024
Parksville, BC
Oct. 29, 2024
Oliver, BC
Nov. 4, 2024
New Westminster, BC

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