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The CIT Professional Designation is Recognized by the National Hockey League (NHL)


Basic Arena Refrigeration (BAR)

Basic Arena Refrigeration has become an industry-recognized minimum competency for practitioners working in a recreation-related refrigeration plant. Participants will learn the theory and principles of refrigeration and the importance this plays in the creation of a quality ice surface.  Click here for additional information.

Ice Making and Painting Technologies (IMPT)

Building on the theory from Basic Refrigeration, this course will enhance the practitioners’ knowledge while increasing their operational effectiveness through proven ice installation principles. Further, participants will have hands-on exposure to on-ice applications.  Click here for additional information.

Ice Maintenance and Equipment Operation (IMEO)

Participants will learn the skills required to troubleshoot poor ice conditions, perform ice maintenance, equipment operations and up-keep, while maintaining a safe physical setting. Taking the participant through a combination of in-class and on ice teachings allows for general interaction with equipment and hands-on experience. Geared for ice resurfacer operators, it will improve the working confidence of the participant.  Click here for additional information.


The CIT courses and professional designation is offered exclusively in the United States through a training alliance formed between the United States Ice Rink Association and the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA).

Human Resource Management (HRM)

This course provides information and tools to manage human resource issues correctly and efficiently.  Employer-to-employee, employee-to-employee and customer service topics are reviewed in depth.  Click here for additional information.

Operations and Risk Management (ORM)

This management course reviews topics related to operating an ice arena safely and efficiently.  Participants learn how to identify, assess and address safety and risk related items.  Click here for additional information.

Programming, Marketing and Promotions (PMP)

This course focuses on topics related to operating a profitable ice arena. Participants learn how to develop and implement programs, marketing plans and materials to promote their ice arena.  Click here for additional information.


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