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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 Virtual Course and Exam - December 8-9, 2020

This 'blended learning' environment will include 12 hours of pre-recorded learning modules, a 4 hour virtual training course with a live instructor and a computer-based exam offered either at a professional testing site or online* from your home.  *online exam options have certain restrictions.  Please contact NRPA for further details.

Whether you are sitting for your initial certification or re-certifying, follow these easy steps to get registered:

Register via our online registration system for this two-part course! Registration will open mid-September.

Part 1 - Online Learning Modules - study at your own pace

Once registered, you will receive study materials via USPS, as well as access to 12 hours of pre-recorded learning modules, presented by CPSI expert trainers.  This 'Prep Course' will give you the basics you need to prepare for the Virtual Course and Exam, with the ability to study at your own pace.  

Part 2 - LIVE Instruction via ZOOM

All candidates must attend ONE 4 hour virtual course in order to sit for the exam.  This course will be held via ZOOM by a live instructor and is limited to just 20 students, to allow for maximum interaction among students and instructor. A date must be chosen during the registration process.

CPSI Exam time:

NRPA will send you instructions to schedule your exam after your registration has been processed.  Results will be shared with you immediately following completion of the exam

Registration opens in mid-September.

Course Content:

The CPSI 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 Course will gain practical, 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. 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.


$575 per person for the 12 hour virtual course and online exam
$425 per person for the 12 hour virtual course 
$140 per person for the online exam