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Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course

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

Spring of 2020. More details coming soon.

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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.


$560 per person for the course and exam
$425 per person for the two day course
$135 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 or visit

Courses are normally held twice per year.

Playground Maintenance Technician Training  


The Playground Maintenance Program focuses on practical maintenance practices, inspection principles and best practices in making repairs. This program does not focus on play theory or memorizing standards. Course modules explore the maintenance challenges associated with the common materials found in playgrounds, including concrete, metal, wood, plastics, fasteners and various surfacing materials. Through videos and case studies, you learn about the types of playground inspections, how to repair damaged equipment and associated legal considerations. A virtual playground offers you the opportunity to apply your newly learned skills. This is a certificate of completion program not a certification. Continuing education modules to address new playground-maintenance issues, along with refresher segments, will be available on the Clemson University website. To view more information about this training, click here for a 6 minute video.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who performs hands-on playground safety inspections and maintenance, along with those who supervise playground maintenance staff, should attend this training. Participants, with experience ranging from just a few weeks up to 30 years, will find the two-day course practical and informative. Whether you've earned your CPSI or never plan to, this training is designed to bring practical information to park professionals who conduct high and low frequency inspections, repairs, corrective action and playground maintenance.


$340 per person. Registration fee includes the training, lunch both days, two publications: A Comprehensive Guide for Maintaining Safe Playgrounds and the companion 80 page Participant Guide for use with the course.

This training will be offered November 14-15 in Brighton. Click here for more information or to register.

For questions or further information regarding either of these offerings, contact us at 303-231-0943 or