Events & Training

Available training categories:      In Class          Webinars          Online Courses

In Class

Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control Membership Renewal Fees

Renewal Process: For your convenience the TRCA now allows you to renew your CAN-CISEC membership online. Current Year (2015-2016).

Click here for more information and to start the process.

 

Multiple dates
Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC) Courses

The CISEC-Canada program was launched in the spring of 2011 as a partnership between TRCA and CISEC, Inc., out of Parker, Colorado.  The CISEC program was developed in 2005 and continues to be the leading certification program for inspectors in the U.S.  TRCA has partnered with CISEC, Inc. to provide a Canadian version of this highly respected program.

The CISEC-Canada Program consists of a 1.5 day training course, followed by an optional four-hour exam.  The course is open to anyone, while registration for the certification exam requires pre-approval by CISEC, Inc.  To be approved for the exam, participants must complete an application form illustrating that they have a minimum of two years experience related to erosion and sediment control inspections and have participated in at least one other ESC training initiative in the last four years.  Three letters of reference are also required.

Click on the links below for more information or to register.

May 3-4, 2017 in Innisfil

November 14-15, 2017 in Woodbridge

 

May 9, 2017
One Day Erosion and Sediment Control Workshop

The practice of erosion and sediment control (ESC) during construction is a critical component necessary for the protection of the natural environment including sensitive water bodies, terrestrial habitat and aquatic ecosystems. The success of any construction site ESC strategy depends on a comprehensive, site specific ESC plan followed by effective installation and ongoing maintenance of the proposed ESC measures. Proper knowledge and training for all individuals involved in the ESC process, from tendering to design to installation and inspection, is a key step toward improving industry practices.

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May 10, 2017
How to Properly Construct LID Stormwater Management Practices

This course trains designers, contractors, and others involved in the design, construction, and inspection of LID. Over a half-day, we will cover LID installations ranging in size from small parking lot retrofits to large subdivision developments that are fully reliant on LID approaches to stormwater management. Participants will be taken through each step of the LID construction process, highlighting potential errors and explaining proper techniques. Lessons learned from examples in Ontario’s cold climate will be shared.

The training course will be complemented by a tour to three different local LID sites: CVC’s Head Office, as well as the Elm Drive and Wychwood sites. Performance results will be discussed.

This one day training is offered as part of the Grey to Green Conference, May 8-10.

Click here for more information or to register on the Grey to Green conference website.

 

June 5-6, 2017
Repairing Incised and Degraded (Urbanized) Streams – Natural Channel Design, Biotechnical Techniques and Case Studies

This two-day course will present the current state of the art with regards to environmentally-sensitive stream and river repair and bank protection.  The training will combine classroom and hands on learning – combining theory with the practical applications and lots of case studies. The classroom sessions will cover topics like basic fluvio-geomorphology, stream forms and processes, Proper Functioning Condition, hydromodification and environmentally-sensitive techniques.

The second day in the field will include a stream walk intended to help learn “how to read the stream”, identify geomorphic and vegetative indicators for OHWM and bank full discharge elevation, how to chose appropriate plants and discuss construction methods.  The attendees will also participate in the construction of a couple of demonstration bank protection methods.  Be ready to harvest and handle willow materials and learn how the willow stake, live branch and pole cutting can be incorporated into a biotechnical method like Vegetated Mechanically Stabilized Earth (VMSE) using coir blocks and compost socks.

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June 7, 2017
Erosion and Sediment Control Field Training

The practice of erosion and sediment control (ESC) during construction is a critical component necessary for the protection of the natural environment including sensitive water bodies, terrestrial habitat and aquatic ecosystems.    The effectiveness of any well designed ESC plan is only as good as the installation and maintenance of the proposed ESC measures.  Targeted, hands-on training to demonstrate appropriate installation methods and long-term maintenance requirements is key to improving industry practices.

This one day field training is hosted at the ESC Field Training Facility located at The Living City Campus at Kortright.  This training will be led by John McCullah of Salix Applied Earthcare and adjunct instructor at Shasta College for over 14 years.

Participants will come away with a greater knowledge of proper installation techniques, methodologies and tools and will have a better understanding of inspection and maintenance requirements, both of which will contribute to improved performance of ESC practices in the field.

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June 15, 2017
Low Impact Development (LID) Stormwater Management (SWM) Treatment Train Design Practices

Join Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and Credit Valley Conservation for two days of Low Impact Development & Stormwater Management Training.  These sessions will benefit all practitioners involved in LID projects from planning, through design, implementation, construction and certification.

Click here for more information or to register.

 

June 16, 2017
Making it Work: LID Construction, Inspection, and Certification
Join Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and Credit Valley Conservation for two days of Low Impact Development & Stormwater Management Training. These sessions will benefit all practitioners involved in LID projects from planning, through design, implementation, construction and certification.

Click here for more information or to register.

 

March 21-22, 2018
TRIECA 2018

Hosted by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Canadian Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association, TRIECA is an annual 2-day conference during which industry professionals share their expertise, challenges and experiences in the fields of innovative stormwater management and erosion and sediment control practices.

Please visit the TRIECA website for more information and for past event proceedings.

 

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Webinar

May 24, 2017
Webinar: Event-Based Monitoring and Modelling of Soil Loss from Southern Ontario Basins during Pre-Development and Development Activities

How do we design effective erosion and sediment controls for construction sites?  Many of the deleterious effects of eroding soils entering waterways have been well-documented, but the answer to this question remains elusive. This webinar summarizes the results of two years of field investigation and water quality data analysis intended to help address this question and improve the state-of-the-art of erosion and sediment control (ESC) design.

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June 22, 2017
Webinar: Using a Systematic Approach to Stormwater Management in a Rural System

The Garvey-Glenn Subwatershed Project is one of five Healthy Lake Huron priority subwatershed projects located along the shore of Lake Huron. Field scouting identified soil erosion issues along with inadequate stormwater management and corresponding water quality issues. When the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) reviewed the assessment of watershed conditions, it became apparent that the long-term costs are very high if these issues are not addressed, including prime agricultural land, lakefront residential areas, and highway infrastructure. In partnership with landowners, MVCA staff developed a Soil and Water Environmental Enhancement Plan (SWEEP) for the entire watershed, as well as for individual properties. This webinar will discuss this document and the work done by MVCA at 11 monitoring sites.

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Webinar: Use of Polyacrylamides to Reduce Erosion and Improve Water Quality

Anionic polyacrylamides (PAMs) are effectively used in erosion control, water clarification, mining, oil and gas, and pond-lake management applications. Anionic PAMs prevent erosion by facilitating agglomeration of soil particles, and remove suspended sediment, metals, and nutrients (i.e. inorganic phosphorus) from the water column through flocculation, resulting in improved water quality. In addition, anionic PAMs can be used in environmentally sensitive applications as they are non-toxic to aquatic organisms. This presentation will discuss multiple applications where anionic PAMs were used in conjunction with best management practices (BMPs) to prevent erosion and improve or maintain water quality in surrounding ponds, lakes, and streams. Specific applications will be the focus of this presentation and associated case studies including use of anionic PAMs for (1) demucking (pond clean out) and; (2) erosion control near riparian and ecologically sensitive areas (i.e. designated trout streams). An overview of the TRCA’s Anionic Polyacrylamide Application Guide for Urban Construction will also be provided.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Clarifying TRCA Expectations for Detailed Erosion and Sediment Control Plans

Join TRCA planning ecologist, Maria Parish, for this one hour previously recorded webinar entitled: Clarifying TRCA Expectations for Detailed ESC Plans. In this webinar, you will hear about the approach and principles that TRCA is advocating with respect to ESC plans. You will learn about the components TRCA considers essential to a well designed plan and you will learn about key strategies that can be used on your next construction project, including those that may be situated within or near sensitive natural features and waterbodies. The presentation includes a review of good ESC plans from a local case study example.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Creating More Absorbent Landscapes Through Soil Amendments

The way in which landscaped portions of urban environments are constructed and managed affects how absorbent they are to stormwater, in addition to the level of effort that will be required to re-establish and maintain healthy vegetation and the lifespan of the plantings. This previously recorded webinar presents recommended best practices and minimum standards for preserving and restoring healthy soil in landscaped areas during urban construction and will highlight current efforts underway to standardize soil specifications across Ontario.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Isolating In Water and Near Water Works 

This previously recorded webinar will help guide the planning and implementation of in-water works to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, regulations, policies and programs for Permit Applications under Regulation 166/06. Some examples of Best Management Practices (BMP’s) are also presented to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of in-water works. This includes construction projects in both lacustrine and riverine environments. A summary of ecological impacts of fish and wildlife habitat is high-lighted to stress the importance of effective isolation methods. Discussions also include monitoring requirements, and mitigation of impacts, should problems arise during construction, and how this may trigger a Permit Revision.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Maintaining Stormwater Management Facilities – A How-To Guide

This previously recorded webinar provides a step-by-step guide to the cost-effective and timely planning and execution of sediment removal projects for stormwater management ponds and constructed wetlands. Topics covered include: (i) methods for sampling and measuring sediment and forecasting accumulation, (ii) project planning, including permitting and approvals, (iii) the latest techniques for sediment removal and drying, and (iv) sediment reuse and disposal options.

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Previously Recorded Webinar – Soil Risk Assessment Tool 

This previously recorded webinar provides a step-by-step overview of the Soil Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool. The SRA tool has been created to predict average annual soil loss from areas which have implemented a variety of ESC BMP measures. The SRA tool can be used by designers to both determine areas of high erosion risk on a construction site and to assess the efficiency of their proposed ESC plan at minimizing soil loss from a site. The output from the tool, or the tool itself could also be used by regulatory agencies as part of the review process for ESC plans.

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Online Courses

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Online Course: Introduction to Low Impact Development E-Learning Course

This course has been developed to introduce participants to the concept of Low Impact Development (LID). It is intended for developers, consultants, municipal staff, landowners or anyone looking to gain a general knowledge of sustainable stormwater planning and practices.

The course is comprised of four modules, the first discusses the evolution of stormwater management and the progression to LID. The next module introduces the principles of LID and non-structural site design strategies. Eleven LID practices are examined, providing general descriptions, special considerations and an overview of typical stormwater performance expectations in the third module. The final module explores the financial benefits of LID and introduces useful guides and tools that can be used to determine the costs of an LID project.

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Online Course: Design of Infiltration Practices: Low Impact Development Technical Training E-Learning Course

This course has been developed to provide participants with the technical training required to design Low Impact Development (LID) infiltration practices and guides them through the steps of the design process.

It is intended for developers, consultants, municipalities, landowners or anyone with a general understanding of LID, looking to enhance their knowledge and learn how to design LID infiltration based practices. This course is comprised of five modules that discuss the science of infiltration, infiltration best practices, conducting a site evaluation and field reconnaissance, creating a detailed design, and the operation and maintenance of LID infiltration practices.

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Online Course: Polymers for Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control E-Learning Course

This course has been developed to familiarize participants with the concepts of polymers and how they can be used for Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) on construction sites.

It is intended for developers, consultants, municipalities, landowners or anyone looking to learn about polymers and apply them for ESC. This course consists of six modules that discuss the basic concepts of polymers, soil stabilization with anionic polyacrylamide (PAM), PAM based stormwater clarification applications, additional PAM enhanced sediment controls, PAM assisted pond dredging, and anionic PAM application guidance for urban construction.

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Online Course: Introduction to Erosion Sediment Control E-Learning Course

This course has been developed to introduce participants to the concepts of Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC). It is intended for contractors, developers, consultants, municipal staff, landowners or anyone looking to gain a general knowledge of erosion and sediment control concepts and best management practices. The course is comprised of eight modules and discusses the potential impacts of construction activities, ESC fundamentals, erosion control practices, sediment control practices, in-water and near water works, pollution prevention, winter preparedness and legislation.

Click here for more information or to register.

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Available training categories:      In Class          Online Courses

In Class

Multiple dates
Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction

Participants will explore the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy, including: theory, siting and site selection, components, best practices, costing, and a summary of Ontario’s photovoltaic Micro-FIT incentive program. The instructor will also be conducting a tour of photovoltaic and wind energy demonstrations located on site. Held at the Living City Campus at Kortright, Vaughan.

Click on the links below for more information or to register.

May 6, 2017

June 3, 2017

August 19, 2017

November 18, 2017

 

Multiple dates
Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems

The Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems workshop connects the fundamentals of photovoltaic and wind energy production with the components required for back up systems for off-grid systems or emergency back up energy systems for homes. Held at the Living City Campus at Kortright, Vaughan.

Click on the links below for more information or to register.

May 7, 2017

June 4, 2017

August 20, 2017

November 19, 2017

 

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Online Courses

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Online Course: Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Operation and Maintenance (O&M) E-learning Course

This free course is intended for anyone involved in day-to-day O&M of a PV system, or responsible for procuring services to conduct O&M on a PV system.  The life expectancy of a PV system is generally defined as 25 years or greater.  An effective O&M program will ensure that the system performance is optimized throughout its life, will maximize return on investment and will ensure safe and proper functioning of the system.

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Online Course: Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Commissioning E-learning Course

This free course is intended for anyone interested in learning about the various activities involved in the comprehensive commissioning of grid-tied PV systems.   Those involved in procuring a PV system should have a clear understanding of what to look for in the commissioning process and in the commissioning report.   The course material will include examples of test procedures and check lists that can be adapted for specific application by those involved in the commissioning process.

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Industry Events

Ongoing
Green Technology Webinar Series

Join us for our Green Technology Webinars brought to you by the Clinton Climate Initiative and Partners in Project Green. These 45-minute webinar sessions bring manufacturers of the latest green building technologies to the comfort of your office and offer an opportunity to learn about the latest in building technologies, while providing a format to ask questions and discover the right solutions for your operations.

Click here for more information on the Partners in Project Green website.

Available training categories:      In Class

In Class

Multiple dates
OSAP Course

This course is designed to train and certify users in a variety of standardized Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) manual techniques for evaluating habitat, invertebrate and fish communities in wadeable streams.

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May 8-12, 2017 in Sault Ste. Marie

June 19-23, 2017 in Oshawa

 

May 26, 2017
2017 Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Crew Leader Certification Course

This course is offered as a one day training workshop designed to certify crew leaders in the use of backpack Electrofishing equipment.
The main emphasis of this course is the safe use of backpack electroshocking units. The topics covered will include protective equipment, safe procedures and backups or failsafes. The course will also include the fundamentals of electrical theory.

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June 10, 2017
2017 Fish ID Workshop

In association with the Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) training course, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry(OMNRF), and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority are hosting an Ontario Fish Identification Workshop.

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June 17-18, and 20, 2017
2017 Benthic Invertebrate ID Workshop

The Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network is a multi-sector biomonitoring collaboration, in which bottom-dwelling aquatic invertebrates are used to monitor the ecological condition of lakes, streams, and wetlands. The Network is led by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, but certified participants represent all sectors.

Click here for more information or to register.