Ice Technician Development

Ontario’s Ice Technicians are amongst the best in the world. The Ice Technician certification courses were developed 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.

Curling Canada developed, Ontario Curling Council delivered workshops include a technical workshop and a written exam.  Once completed, the Ice Technician receives certification from Curling Canada.

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

Rink Rat/Facility Operator Assistant (7 hour workshop)

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
2017-2018 Rink Rat/Facility Operator Assistant Workshops
DateLocationRegistration
October 28, 2017 (9 am - 5 pm)Ennismore Curling ClubClick on the green "Tickets" button to register

Level 1 Ice Technician Workshop (2 day workshop)

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
2017-2018 Level 1 Ice Technician Workshops
DateLocationRegistration
September 29-30, 2017Tam Heather Curling ClubClick on the green "Tickets" button to register.
November 4-5, 2017Walkerton Golf & Curling ClubClick on the green "tickets" button to register
November 25-26, 2017Lancaster Curling ClubClick on the green "tickets" button to register

Level 2 Ice Technician Workshop (2.5 day workshop)

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 
2017-2018 Level 2 Ice Technical Workshops
DateLocationRegister
October 20-22, 2017Weston Golf and Country ClubClick on the green "Tickets" button to register

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 Workshops are not delivered on a regular basis, if you are interested in attending a Level 3 Ice Technician Workshop, please contact Jennifer Ferris, Manager – Programs and Operations at jennifer@ontcurl.com.