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Contractor Drainage Course

Primary Drainage Course

This course is one of the mandatory requirements for an operator to upgrade from a Class C to a Class B Machine Operator Licence.

The Primary Drainage Course will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand common surveying terms, establish drainage slopes, grade Image of a drainage ditchchanges and depths, and ensure installations comply with the ‘Drainage Guide for Ontario’. The blended learning program course includes instruction and practice in surveying, and in the principles that apply to the installation of drainage works as per Regulation 18 of the Agricultural Tile Drainage Installation Act.

Blended Learning Program

The Primary Drainage Course is offered as a 4-day blended learning program.

The Primary Drainage Course is made up of two parts:

  • Primary Drainage Course: An Introduction elearning module (2 hours)
    • Provides and overview of the basic concepts and terminology you will need for the classroom training.
    • Must be completed prior to attending the classroom training
  • Primary Drainage Course classroom training & exam (4 Days)

You will receive instructions on how to access the elearning module by email after registration has closed.  Registration closing and elearning completion date information is provided in the Offerings listed below.

CANCELLED due to low enrollment

Classroom Offering 1: February 1 - 4, 2021

Registration closes: January 4, 2021
Complete elearning by: January 25, 2021

Marden Community Centre (North of Guelph),
7368 Wellington Road 30

Start time: 9:00am on the first day, 8:30am on all other days

ATTENTION! Please note that this session has been rescheduled.  

NEW! Classroom Offering 2: March 8 - 11, 2021

(original date: February 16 - 19, 2021)

Registration closes: February 5, 2021
Complete elearning by: March 1, 2021

Marden Community Centre (North of Guelph),
7368 Wellington Road 30

Start time: 9:00am on the first day, 8:30am on all other days

Course Topics

  • Roles, responsibilities, and requirements
  • Measuring
  • Design
  • Installation

 Certificate of Completion

  A Certificate of Completion is granted to particpants that:

  1. Complete the Primary Drainage: An Introduction eLearning course prior to attending the in-class training.
  2. Attend the in-class training
  3. Successfully complete the exam. The exam will be written on the last day of the course. 


$ 452.00 (includes HST)

Fee covers the cost of the course and exam.

Lunches are provided.

What to Bring

  • suitable clothing for outside field work
  • calculator
  • tripods, levels, rods and laser equipment (primarily laser surveying rods) if possible
  • non-medical mask


Exam will be written on the last day of the course.


You are responsible for your own accommodations.


Class sizes have been reduced in 2021 in order to follow Public Health recommendations for safe gatherings. 

Priority will be given to individuals who require an operator licence under the Agricultural Tile Drainage Installation Act. Organizations are also being asked to limit registration to one individual.  Multiple registrations from an organization, out-of-province participants, or for those who do not require an operator licence, will be added to a waiting list and considered if there is space available.


There are no dates available at this time. Please contact us for assistance.

Reviewed 01/18/2021