Winter Maintenance Operator Certificate

Dates and Time

Burnaby – Wednesday October 9, 2019
Sparwood/Fernie – Thursday October 10, 2019
9am – 2pm


City of Burnaby: Shadbold Centre

Sparwood/Fernie: To be confirmed


This course content has been developed in by PWABC in collaboration with Vaisala and snow and ice professionals from Lethbridge and Minneapolis. It builds on the content delivered in 2018 and incorporates an introduction to best practices for operations staff responsible for snow removal and also includes tips for smaller municipalities.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Preparations based on weather forecasts
  • Salt and sand applications, rates of application and speeds
  • Pre trips on plow equipment and loaders
  • Best practices to remove snow regionally i.e. roundabouts, driveways, bike lanes
  • Public education, outreach and social media i.e. responsibility to clear sidewalks
  • Liquid salt brine, application and precautions, pros and cons
  • Salt management, storing and handling
  • Snow plowing, preparation and equipment, precautions and hazards
  • Risk assessments for plowing, salting, sanding and brine applications
  • Use of RWIS (Road Weather Information Systems) in larger municipality
  • Use of Traffic Camera, CCTV, SCADA, AWL, and communication devices
  • Best practices for training new staff

Who should attend?

  • All levels of winter maintenance field staff;
  • Public works professionals new to winter maintenance;
  • Public works professionals looking to hear new ideas and gain different perspectives.


  • Mark DeVries, Vaisala
  • Bret Hodne, Public Work Director, City of West Des Moines
  • John Scharffbillig, Director of Fleet Services, City of Minneapolis
  • Lee Perkins, Transportation Operations Manager City of Lethbridge
  • Wilf Nixon, Vice President, Salt Institute

Cost: $149 plus GST includes morning coffee & lunch. Free parking




Cancellation Policy:

Registration for this course can be transferred to another individual at any time. Cancellations are permitted until October 1st and will be subject to a $50 fee. No refunds are available after this date.