FAQs

Who do I contact for more information?

Follow this link https://recnorth.wildapricot.org/learningevents to register for any of the Learning Events. If you have questions contact 867-669-8377.

Do I need any prerequisites to register in the training?
No, none of Recreation North’s learning events have pre-requisites. However, the learning events are offered in an order that progresses.

Are all of the learning events (courses) delivered online?
Yes, all of the core learning events and most of the electives are delivered remotely (online). Each territorial recreation and parks association may choose to offer some of the learning events in-person. For a schedule of in-person learning events, please contact your territorial association.

What are the costs for the learning events?
Learning events are $45/learning event for RPA members. Learning events are $55/learning event for NON-RPA members. 

How do I become a member of my territorial recreation and parks association?
Becoming a member is easy. Follow this link https://www.recnorth.ca/contact/ and click on your territories organization to find out the process for your territory.

Are there costs other than fees that I need to consider?
Beyond the learning event fee, there may be other costs such as time away from work, travel to in-person Learning Events, Internet access, use of a computer or smartphone, membership with your territorial recreation and parks association, and small costs related to learning activities (e.g. a gift for someone you interview).

Is there funding available that I could apply for?
There is no funding through Recreation North however, if any costs are a barrier, please let us know. Your territorial recreation and parks association may be able to help you.

I live in Alberta, can I register for learning events?
At this time there are 3 Learning Events those residing in Alberta can register for: RM 101, RM 102, RM 103. If you are a resident of one of the territories, but residing in Alberta for school please contact mailto:info@recnorth.ca or 867-669-8377.

Is there a strict deadline for completing the training?
Learning Events are scheduled over a one-month period. Activities with the trainer and other learners take place in Week 1 and Week 2. Weeks 3 and 4 provide extra time to satisfactorily complete discussions, activities, etc.

To receive ‘credit’ for a Learning Event, all requirements must be completed within 30 days. If an individual has not completed a Learning Event that is needed for certification, the individual must wait for the next scheduled offering and then register, pay and fully participate. For an example, please see Section 3.2 of the Learner’s Guide.

Will earning a certificate be a lot of work?
Each Learning Event is about 5 hours long. During the Pilot some people found they spent up to 7 or 8 hours, especially at the beginning before they had figured out how to use the Learning Space. A certificate requires completing 12 learning events (approximately 60 to 75 hours). These Learning Events are delivered over 8 to 16 months. To complete a certificate, anticipate spending a couple of hours most weeks (except for summer and school holidays).

Do the courses transfer as credits towards institutions throughout Canada?
Not at the moment. However, they have been designed based on competencies which align with current trends in education.

Do Recreation North’s learning events count as credits for the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association’s (CPRA) Professional Development Certification (PDC)?
Yes, our training will count as learning credits towards recertification in CPRA’s PDC program. Please contact the Program Manager for more information.

How can employers support employees to participate in the training?
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How can my employer support me throughout the training?
If you are taking this training to help you do your job, take some time to chat with your supervisor about the training and extra demands on your time before you begin. Some of the ways employers can support you include: access to a computer and Internet during and/or after work; including the training into some or all of your paid work time; checking in with you once a month to see what you are learning and how it is helping you do your job; connecting you with a mentor to support your learning journey; considering a pay raise when you have earned a certificate.

What type of technology is needed for remote (online) learning?
Some technology and software is necessary for online learning. The right technology and software will make your learning experience much more enjoyable and rewarding.

Internet:
You need regular access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is makes for a better learning experience. You can participate with a slower connection, but it may take more time and there may be some activities you cannot access. A hard-wired connection (a cable connects your computer to the Internet) is better than wireless (WiFi).

Computer:
PC users will need a Compatible Operating System: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 and a Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher.

Mac users will need a Compatible Operating System: OS X and a Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari.

Software:
Most learning events will require some form of word processing software. If you don’t have access to Microsoft Office Word, you may be able to use Google Docs. If you are unsure if your software will work, or you use another program, contact your trainer to work out an alternative.

Some trainers may use cloud-based tools; but will provide alternatives if these don’t work for some participants.

Some instructors might use tools that require plug-ins such as Flash and Java. Make sure:

Web Browser:
A reasonably current (within the past 3 years) web browser is required. Click here to view the list of recommended browsers and corresponding versions.

For Moodle to work properly, you need to:

Teleconferencing or Voice-over-Internet tools:
Most Learning Events use some type of meeting services; teleconferencing using phones, or web-conferencing using a headset and microphone with a computer or mobile device connected to the Internet.

Mobile Devices:
You can access and interact with most of your learning activities or resources using a mobile device (tablet or smartphone) and the free Moodle app. Be aware that not all features of Moodle will work on mobile devices. Don’t rely 100% on your mobile device. Have a PC or Mac computer available as well.

Use What’s in my Browser (www.whatismybrowser.com) to help you identify your:

  • web browser and version (e.g. Chrome 68)
  • operating system (e.g. Windows), and
  • device (Computer) settings.

How do I log in to the Recreation North’s Learning Site?

  1. Open the email that invites you to log in to the Rec North Learning site.
  2. Go to the Rec North HOME page – http://learn.recnorth.ca.
  3. Click on the link (top-right) that reads “you are not logged in.” link on the top right hand side of your screen.
  4. Enter your username and assigned password in the new login window.