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.

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
2018-19 Facility Operator Assistant Workshops
DateLocationRegistration
October 13, 2018Dixie Curling ClubClick on the green "tickets" button to register
November 17, 2018Sun Parlour Curling Club (Leamington)Click on the green "tickets" button to register
November 24, 2018 Shelburne 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
June 30 - July 1, 2018North BayClick on the Green "Tickets" button to register.
September 22 -23, 2018Ottawa Granite ClubClick on the green "tickets" button to register
September 28 - 29, 2018Tam Heather Curling ClubClick on the green "tickets" button to register
October 20 - 21, 2018Renfrew Curling ClubClick on the green "tickets" button to register
November 2 - 3, 2018 London Curling ClubClick on the green "tickets" button to register
November 10 - 11, 2018Wiarton 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
June 28-July 1, 2018North Bay GraniteFULL
September 18 - 20, 2018Collingwood Curling 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.