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Playing outdoors is a major component in the fight against childhood obesity as well as the overall health and well-being of young people and it’s our responsibility to ensure safe, enjoyable play areas for all. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and CPRA are offering the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course and certification to properly train and certify you and your staff to recognize and prevent potential playground hazards.

Upcoming Course and Exam

The CPSI Course and Exam has gone virtual! The Blended Learning Course will be a combination of the CPSI Online Learning Course, a CPSI virtual training session conducted by CPSI instructors through scheduled live training opportunities and the CPSI Computer-based examination offered at a professional testing site.  

August 24-26, 2020. Registration will open July 1st.

Course Content:

The CPSI classroom course trains individuals to identify hazards on public playgrounds and playground equipment, how to rank those hazards according to injury potential and how to apply that knowledge and establish a playground safety program. The course covers the material necessary to pass the Certified Playground Safety Inspector certification exam. Individuals taking the CPSI Classroom Course will gain practical, hands-on training on how to apply the ASTM standards and the CPSC guidelines to playground environments. Upon completion of the CPSI course an individual should be capable of establishing a sound risk reduction program, establish a system of repair, retrofit and removal of hazardous equipment and establish a routine inspection system. To be prepared for the course and successful in the exam, pre-course reading must be done prior to attending the course. Materials will be mailed to attendees approximately 20 days prior to the course.

Who Should Attend?

Individuals wishing to become a Certified Playground Safety Inspector, playground owner/operators, health inspectors, daycare staff, school and park maintenance personnel, risk reduction managers, manufacturers, playground installers, insurance agents, etc.


$595 per person for the course and exam
$450 per person for the two day course 
$145 per person for the written exam held on the third day

Registration fee includes lunch and snacks both days and the CPSI Course Materials (detailed below).

CPSI Classroom Course Materials: ASTM F1487-11 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specifications for Playground Equipment for Public Use; CPSC Handbook for Public Playground Safety; ASTM F2223-10 Standard Guide for ASTM Standards on Playground Surfacing; ASTM F2373-11 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Public Use Play Equipment for Children 6 Months through 23 Months; Playground Safety Is No Accident Playground Inspection Forms Download; Supplemental material and in class workbook material.


National Parks and Recreation Association - CPSI Resources

CPSI Classroom Course-

CPSI Learning Courses, Study Guide and Online Exam-

For questions or further information on the CPSI certification, please email NRPA at certification@nrpa.org or visit www.nrpa.org/certification/CPSI

Courses are normally held twice per year.