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Courses & Events

RPPs gather and analyze information from all sides of an issue in order to inform the better path towards inspired communities. Maintaining and increasing knowledge in today’s rapidly changing world is imperative to gaining a 360 degree perspective on the issues of our time.

OPPI offers a dynamic package of educational opportunities aimed at helping members make informed and unbiased recommendations in the process of change and choice. Courses offered increase knowledge, skills or professional performance standards and members can access them through a variety of formats: in-class, online, through webinars and in the workplace. Self-guided learning allows members to learn at their own pace and convenience while continuing to fill their demanding roles as professional planners.

The Workplace Continuing Education Program allows organizations to provide on-site continuing education opportunities and enables them to take advantage of the savings that can be realized by managing the delivery themselves.

Explore the Calendar of Events to see when and where the below programs and events are offered, costs and cancellation policy. Registration forms are available for individual courses.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The purpose of the Applied Project Management course is to reinforce key concepts covered in the Project Management program, and to provide the learner the opportunity to use these skills in creating a project plan via a case study completed as a group activity. The Case study will be pre-selected by the learners via a survey, selected from various sized projects in all areas of urban and rural community development, urban design, environment, transportation, health and social services, housing, and economic development. The Case study will require the learner to look at all aspects of project planning, including the creation of a charter, scope management, stakeholder management, risk management and communication.

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key concepts of project planning
  • Create a project charter
  • Relate specific concepts required for developing a project plan
  • Identify project risks
  • Use project management templates and tools
  • As part of a group, create a project plan based on the provided case study

If you are interested in offering this course in the workplace, Continuing Education course details are here.

Professional planners who are about to, or already have transitioned, to a more senior role within their organization often look to develop their management and leadership skills. The purpose of the Managing Skills for Planners course is to provide professional planners with tools and techniques they will need to effectively manage teams and departments.

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Understand the responsibilities of a manager
  • Apply methods of communication to drive trust
  • Identify methods to manage teams from across generations
  • Apply methods of performance management in their professional lives
  • Understand some fundamentals of human resources

If you are interested in offering this course in the workplace, Continuing Education course details are here.

This two-day course provides training in effective facilitation methods and techniques to lead groups, guide discussions, analyze problems and achieve a consensus within groups. The course is designed to be interactive and offers participants the theory and methods to:

  • Facilitate any group more effectively and confidently
  • Make meetings more productive
  • Focus a diverse group's energy on common goals
  • Lead discussion on sensitive issues and problems
  • Create a sense of teamwork
  • Maximize productivity
  • Analyze and solve problems

If you are an individual interested in taking the in-class course check the Calendar of Events for details.

If you are an employer interested in offering this course in the workplace Continuing Education course details are here.

To ensure the success of your initiatives, it is important that you invest time upfront to develop a detailed project plan, identify key stakeholders and accompanying project risks. This will allow you to determine the objectives for each initiative, what needs to be accomplished, who should be involved, what resources you need, and most importantly, when you need to get it completed! Effective project planning will help to ensure you run the project instead of the project running you!

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Identify the importance of having project planning skills
  • Identify and define various project management related terms
  • Brainstorm the requirements for a project plan
  • Identify project risks
  • Use project management templates and tools

If you are interested in offering this course in the workplace, Continuing Education course details are here.

Planners must practice within many legislative frameworks. This one-day course is designed to provide planners with a foundation for working with planning legislation. It is an introductory course to help planners read and draft legislation and covers:

  • The role of legislation in the planning framework and an overview of legislation relevant to Ontario planners
  • How legislation is enacted and implemented, principles of statutory interpretation
  • Jurisdictions and interrelations of planning legislation
  • Guidelines for drafting municipal by-laws

If you are an individual interested in taking the in-class course check the Calendar of Events for details.

If you are an employer interested in offering this course in the workplace Continuing Education course details are here.