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Friday, 08 November 2019 14:29

Innovation Hub offers ‘big city’ training in Kawartha Lakes

November 8, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation’s Innovation Hub is offering professionals throughout the region with localized training and development options right here in Kawartha Lakes.

Three programs have been established for early 2020, so far, with Legal Process Qualifications for Designers, Building Officials and RCA’s (exam prep) slated for January 16 and 17; Project Management for the Practitioner is scheduled for February 6; and Ontario Building Code (OBC) – Part 8 On-Site Sewage Systems 2012 (exam prep) is a five day course scheduled for March 9 to 13.

“The Innovation Hub is a great way for Kawartha Conservation to assist our member and surrounding municipalities, as well as neighbouring conservation authorities and professional organizations and staff continue to develop their skills and maintain their professional standing through facilitating these programs right here in Kawartha Lakes,” explained Emma Collyer, Director, Integrated Watershed Management. “These types of programs would usually involve having to travel to Toronto or other larger urban centers costing more time and money for the participants; this is a great, lower cost alternative we’re pleased to be able to help facilitate.”
Kawartha Conservation hosted two Project Management for the Practitioner day-long sessions earlier this year to overwhelming response.

“The feedback we have received from our municipal partners and from non-municipal professionals who took part in the first two training events is great,” Collyer said. “People really appreciate having this level of professional training available here without having to deal with the expense, time or travel to places like Toronto.”

The first three programs are designed for specific audiences.

The Legal Process Qualification course is intended to assist Building Code practitioners, including building officials and designers in preparing to write the Designer, General, Chief Building Official or Registered Code Agency qualification examinations administered by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housings.

This Project Management for the Practitioner course is a highly interactive workshop that will enable participants to understand foundational project management techniques and will allow the attendees to apply the tools and templates that will be introduced in this learning event.

The Part-8 On-Site Sewage Systems course deals with the 2012 Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements for on-site Sewage Systems with design capacity of 10,000 litres per day or less. The OBC technical requirements for these systems are found primarily in Division B., Part 8 of the Code, but also include and refer to other portions of the OBC, the Building Code Act and Supplementary Standard SB6.

This course is designed for on-site sewage system inspectors, designers and supervisors of on-site sewage systems wishing to challenge Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) qualification examinations.

“We have talked with our municipal partners, as well as industry professionals across the region and we have implemented the feedback they have provided about the types of training and learning opportunities most valuable to them,” said Collyer. “We value the relationships we have with our member municipalities, building and development community and with industry professionals and are pleased to be able to facilitate this type of comprehensive learning here at Kawartha Conservation.”

Space for each of the programs is limited and interested participants are encouraged to apply early to ensure their place.

To register or learn more visit or contact Emma Collyer at 705.328.2271 ext. 221.