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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.

Updated Blended Learning Program

This year the Primary Drainage Course is being 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.

Classroom Offering 1: January 13 - 16, 2020

Registration closes: December 13, 2019
Complete elearning by: January 9, 2020

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

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

Classroom Offering 2: March 9 - 12, 2020

Registration closes: February 10, 2020
Complete elearning by: March 5, 2020

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


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


You are responsible for your own accommodations.


Registration priority will be given to individuals who require the course to upgrade their operator licence under the Agricultural Tile Drainage Installation Act. Registrations from 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.

Registration is now closed. Course will be offered again in Winter 2021.


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

Reviewed 02/11/2020