august, 2020

10aug(aug 10)8:00 am12(aug 12)12:00 pmNova Scotia Watercourse Alteration Certification for Sizers - August 10 to 12, 2020 - 9 spots left

Event Details

9 OF 25 SEATS REMAINING

EFFECTIVE JULY 31st, 2020 – MASKS WILL BE MANDATORY FOR INDOOR GATHERINGS IN NOVA SCOTIA

ABOUT THE COURSE

The Nova Scotia Department of Environment has moved to a notification and approval system for watercourse alterations in the province.  People who are certified sizers determine the size of structure for the alteration within the limits of their training through this new system.

This approach to NS Watercourse Alteration Certification for Sizers is user friendly for the watercourse alteration process and quality assurance.  The focus is on results rather than methods, and accountability rather than approval.  The completion of this training and subsequent exam will allow the participant to calculate and determine stabilization structures, docks, wharves, water intake structures, culverts, and single-span bridges under a system of notification and approval.  This means no time-consuming application process and no long wait for approval prior to starting installation.  It also means the installer is now allowed to use their knowledge and experience to produce results that protect waterways and their habitats.

The course fills up quickly so please apply early to ensure a place.  Participant numbers are limited to 25 per course.  A very hectic training schedule precludes additional courses prior to the June installation season – so please register as soon as possible.

NS Watercourse for Sizers

COURSE OBJECTIVES

This program is designed to help participants:

  • Identify the role and responsibilities of the certified sizer.
  • Understand the limits of certification for watersheds under 20 square kilometers.
  • Improve the level of compliance with existing watercourse alteration regulations.
  • Provide a better understanding of the importance of environmental protection and the impacts that improper procedures and installations have on waterways.
  • Improve the serviceability of the process for performing watercourse alterations through the notification and approval process.

COURSE CANDIDATES

This program is designed for people who design the alteration; calculating the size of the structure.  The provincial policy is designed so that notification and approval is only valid if a certified sizer has actually signed off on the installation parameters.  Although experience in culvert and bridge installation is a definite benefit, it is not mandatory to attend the sizers course.

CERTIFICATION DURATION

Certification is valid for 10 years unless re-certification is deemed mandatory by Nova Scotia Environment be the 10 years expires.

FORMAT

NS Watercourse Alteration Certification for Sizers training will be conducted in an informal manner. The workshop will follow the modules as contained in the Department of Environment student manual. This clearly and logically presented manual is used as course text. It was highly praised by previous course participants.

The majority of the course is centered on classroom instruction with individual and group exercises.  The final day is reserved for writing the Provincial Certification Exam.

INSTRUCTOR

Kyle Werner 

Kyle graduated from the University of New Brunswick where he studied Arts, Science, Engineering, and obtained his Bachelor of Forestry and Environmental Management.  During this time, he gained environmental knowledge covering several different areas of study; however, it was watershed management that he found most interesting.  He wrote and defended a thesis study on sediment and erosion within the CFB Gagetown training area.

Kyle’s experience includes working with heavy equipment, supervising “in-stream” installations, stream restoration projects, soil stabilization and remediation, sediment and erosion control, electro-fishing, road capping, road ditching, and road maintenance.  He was employed with J.D. Irving as a Road Construction and Maintenance Supervisor for a period of three years before accepting a position with the Department of National Defence – CFB Gagetown as a project coordinator.  Kyle is responsible for large multiple and varied stream crossing installation structures from 12-foot round to metal plate bottomless culverts, large stream restoration projects, and a large network of fording jobs to assist the CFB Gagetown training, along with many erosion control and road maintenance projects.  All activities related to Watershed Alteration and Watershed Management.

In his spare time, he lends his expertise to UNB Forestry students by providing class lectures along with field site tours to explain the road building and watercourse crossing application to forest roads.  Kyle’s easy-going approach to teaching and interaction with the class allows his knowledge and experience to be transferred to students.

ENROLMENT

Enrolment will be limited to twenty-five (25) candidates on a first come-first served basis.  If the proposed course date is full, or there is insufficient enrolment to hold the session, you will be notified as to alternate dates.

TUITION

Tuition for the program including supplies is $625.00 + 15% HST.

COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Effective July 3rd, 2020, our COVID-19 rules are as follows:

The province of Nova Scotia is currently under an Emergency Order due to the ongoing pandemic. Here are our COVID-19 Protocols to attend our training:

  1. You must be residing in Atlantic Canada to attend.
  2. If you reside outside of Atlantic Canada, you must quarantine for two weeks before attending.
  3. If you have recently travelled outside of Atlantic Canada, you must quarantine for two weeks before attending.
  4. If you have been in direct contact with any of 2 or 3 above, then you must quarantine for two weeks before attending.
  5. If you or any of your direct contacts are exhibiting any of the following symptoms, then you must not attend:
    • Fever above 38°C or signs of fever (such as chills).
    • A new cough or worsening chronic cough.
    • Sore throat.
    • Runny nose.
    • A new onset of fatigue.
    • A new onset of muscle pain.
    • Loss of sense of taste or loss of sense of smell.
    • In children, purple markings on the fingers or toes. In this instance, testing will be done even if none of the other symptoms are present.
  6. Always maintain a 2-metre social distance buffer while attending our courses.
  7. You must complete and sign a health & travel questionnaire at the beginning of the course.
  8. You must have your temperature checked at the start of each day and after lunch each day.
  9. You agree to have this information logged and shared with the Government if requested by the Government.

THESE RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME

CONTINUING FORESTRY EDUCATION CREDITS

NS WATERCOURSE ALTERATION CERTIFICATION FOR SIZERS is equivalent to 14 Continuing Forestry Education Credits.

REGISTRATION

Please click here to download the information sheet and registration form

Updated July 28th, 2020

Time

10 (Monday) 8:00 am - 12 (Wednesday) 12:00 pm AST

Location

Glengarry Best Western Truro, NS

150 Willow St

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