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Certified Ice Technicians: What Would We Do Without These Professionals?

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Certified Ice Technicians: Indispensable Rink Operations Professionals

Without A Certified Ice Technician, There Is No Such Thing As “The Show Must Go On”

What is a CIT certification?

The National Hockey League (NHL), recognizes the Certified Ice Technician (CIT) as the most highly regarded professional designation for ice rink operations professionals in North America.

The CIT professional designation is offered by the United States Ice Rink Association to its members in the United States through an exclusive licensing agreement with ORFA – the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association.

Is an Ice Technician’s Role Important?

Considering the diversity of many stadiums and arenas, often hosting different types of games in the same facility on the same day, the skills required by those who manage the floor space must be appreciated.

For instance, coordinating an ice arena’s complete changeover from an insulated floor covering such as ArenaDeck, to live ice within a strict time frame is no easy feat. Therefor, having a qualified, highly trained professional ice technician is essential to smooth facility operations.

How do I get CIT certified?

An individual must meet the following criteria to achieve the CIT professional designation with the United States Ice Rink Association:

  • Successfully complete the BAR, IMEO and IMPT courses with the United States Ice Rink Association (100% attendance & pass exams).
  • Be a current member (Individual, Facility or Vendor) of the United States Ice Rink Association.
    • Note: Only those members that live and work in the United States are eligible to achieve the CIT professional designation through the United States Ice Rink Association.

CIT professional designation maintenance criteria:

  • Individuals who achieve the CIT professional designation must maintain an annual membership (Individual, Facility or Vendor) with the United States Ice Rink Association to keep their professional designation valid.
  • Individuals who have been awarded the CIT professional designation by the United States Ice Rink Association are required to complete and pass a recertification exam every five years from the year their CIT was originally achieved.

Interested in becoming a Certified Ice Technician?

For more information on the ORFA Certified Ice Technician (CIT) and its requisite courses, visit their qualifications page here.

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