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Club Ice Technician Program

  • Assistant Curling Ice Technician (equivalent to old level 1)
  • Curling Ice Technician (replacing old level 2)
  • Competition Ice Technician (replacing old level 3) – Delivered by Curling Canada.
  • Click to request a course for your Club or Centre: HERE

Ice Tech Assistant Workshop

Designed to teach assistants and volunteers the basic maintenance of ice. This is replacing the previous “Level 1” course. This is a day 7-8 hour course where participants can expect to learn:

  • Safety
  • Opening Procedures
  • Scraping
  • Pebbling
  • Nipping
  • Cleaning
  • Temperature Monitoring
  • Closing Procedures
  • Draw Change Procedures

Pre-Requisites: None
Fees: $110.00+gst for Curl BC Members, $150.00+gst for non Curl BC members.

Upcoming Courses: To be announced. Click HERE to request a course. 

Past Courses: 

  • Host Facility: Richmond Curling Centre
  • Address: 5540 Hollybridge Way, Richmond B.C
  • Date: Three Wednesdays, October 12, 19, and 26, 2022.
  • Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm.
  • Register deadline: October 7th, 2022.
  • Register HERE 

Curling Ice Technician (Replacing old Level 2)

This program is intended for individuals who are new to the industry who are looking for a career in ice making and need to learn the skills of installing, maintaining and removing ice in a dedicated curling facility for league and bonspiel play. These individuals may need to supervise Assistant Curling Ice Technicians as well. At the completion of this course, students are to receive “Curling Ice Technician – Trained” status.

The length of the program varies, if a full install is required, this course may require 3-4 days while students help hands-on with the ice installation. If the ice is already installed, the course requires 2.5 days while students go through a theoretical discussion about installation. Click HERE to request a course. 

Prerequisite (one of the following):

  • “Trained” Assistant Curling Ice Technician Program
  • World Curling Federation – Introduction to Ice Maintenance (Online). Course found HERE 
  • 12 Months working at a Curling facility under the supervision of a Certified Curling Ice Technician.
  • Former Level 1 Ice Technician Course
  • Former Facility Operator Assistant Course (Ontario)

Participants can expect to learn about:

  • What makes “good ice”
  • Curling Centre Safety
  • Refrigeration plant operation and safety
  • Water quality
  • Floors
  • Installation and removal
  • Pebbling & Scraping
  • Paint/logo techniques
  • Stone maintenance
  • Managing environmental conditions
  • Daily Maintenance

To receive “Curling Ice Technician – Certified” status, ice technicians are to follow the next three steps:

Step 1: Complete Safe Sport Education
Ice Technicians, like all adults in the sport system, have a responsibility to protect vulnerable participants from maltreatment (abuse and harassment). Ice Technicians should have a strong understanding of the issues surrounding Safe Sport so that they can act in the event of witnessing athlete maltreatment, they can assist their club with putting best practices in place to prevent maltreatment and they personally educate themselves so that they never put themselves in a position of being accused of maltreatment (i.e. Rule of Two).  The online module is free.

Access the training here: (https://safesport.coach.ca/).

Step 2: Complete the Online Curling Ice Technician Quiz

The Curling Ice Technician Quiz must be completed within 45 days of the completion of the attended workshop. Participants will be permitted three attempts to attain a passing grade of 80%. If a participant does not attain a passing grade in three attempts they will be assessed an additional fee to attempt the test again.
Should participants have issues accessing the E-learning system – please contact icetech@curling.ca, or Paul at pcseke@curlbc.ca

Step 3: In-person or Video Evaluation

When you feel ready to have your skills as an Ice Technician evaluated for certification, please contact Paul at pcseke@curlbc.ca for a link to upload your videos to.

Fees: $800.00 for full length course (Discount of $300 offered to Curl BC Ice Technicians Working with Curl BC Member Clubs. Use the Code BCICETECH )

Course Ice Technician Team:

  • Mike Merklinger
  • Norm Scott
  • Dave Merklinger

Previous Courses:

  • Location: Kamloops Curling Club
  • Date: August 13th-16th

COMPETITION ICE TECHNICIAN (Level 3 aka Championship Ice Making)


Competition Ice – Ice installed in an arena (non-dedicated curling facility) over an existing ice surface for short-term competitive events. Pre-Requisites for the Competition Ice Technician Program to apply. Spaces may be limited, and selection based on experience may be required.

Program Delivered By: Curling Canada

Pre-requisites: Must have one of the following 2 options:

  • “Certified” Curling Ice Technician Program
  • “Certified” Level 2 (previous levels system) with Safe Sport Education ModuleAND
  • 3 years experience working as a Certified Curling Ice Technician
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest outlining career aspirations
  • Endorsement letter for Member Association

Program Length: Five-day in-person training. Training will take place during an installation in an arena.

Status at the End of the Workshop: “Trained” Competition Ice Technician

Evaluation: Online Exam

Status after Evaluation: “Certified” Competition Ice Technician

Expect to Learn:

  • Leveling ice and flooding
  • Paint/Logo/Line Installation
  • Pebbling/Scraping
  • Scheduling – equipment, camera installation, volunteers
  • Techniques to very ice conditions to provide optimal speed and curl
  • Monitoring and managing the environment with influence from spectators, TV lights and crew, weather, etc.
  • Rock Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Takedown of Championship Event

LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Contact Don Powell, Manager of Ice Technician Certification – Curling Canada don.powell@curling.ca and icetech@curling.ca