certified playground safety
inspector Training



Postponed - April 27-29, 2020

New dates will be updated soon!


Richard A. Carlucci Recreation and Aquatic Center | Plainfield, Indiana

Due to the safety of our attendees and instructor, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) training has been cancelled for April 27-29, 2020. With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we believe this is the best course of action. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Message to Certified Playground Safety Inspectors expiring between 4/1/2020 and 7/1/2020

Due to the current challenging circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board is extending all Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification expiration dates between 4/1/2020 and 7/1/2020 by 90 days.


IPRA Member
Course & Exam - $545
Exam Only - $120
Non Member
Course & Exam - $645
Exam Only - $150


*Exam only registrations do not include course manuals.

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, 200,000 children are treated annually for playground accidents. Of these, 70% or 140,000 occurred at public parks and schoolyards. How does your equipment measure up? How many preventable injuries occurred in your parks or facilities?

The National Recreation and Park Association and IPRA offer a certification program in playground safety, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification program. The CPSI certification program provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods.

Invest in certification and...

• protect children from injury due to playground hazards
• protect your business or agency from costly liabilities
• open the door to more opportunities for career advancement
• increase your job mobility and choices even in the face of a tough job market
• reach your short-term job goals and position yourself for success in your long-term career
• be associated with NRPA's strong and long-standing reputation in playground safety

Please direct all questions to lindsey@inpra.org.


Day 1
8-9 am:
Course Introduction & Injury Statistics
9:30-9:45 am: Break
9:45 am - 12 pm: Hazard ID Parts 1 & 2
12-1 pm: Lunch
1-1:45 pm: Applied Exercise 1 - Use of test probes & gauges
1:45-2:45 pm: Hazard ID Part 3
2:45-3 pm: Break
3-4 pm: Hazard ID Part 4
4-4:45 pm: Surfacing Part 1
4:45-5 pm: Exam Prep/Q & A Period/Homework Assignment

Day 2
8-8:45 am: Surfacing Part 2
8:45-9:15 am: Safety Management - Comprehensive Program/Audits
9:15-9:30 am: Break
9:30-10 am: Safety Management - Inspections & Maintenance
10-11:45 am: Applied Exercise 2 - Hazard ID Prioritization
11:45 am - 12 pm: Question & Answer Period
12-1 pm: Lunch
1-3:15 pm: Applied Exercise 3 - Site Investigation
3:15-3:30 pm: Break
3:30-4:30 pm: Site Investigation Wrap Up
4:30-5 pm: Question & Answer Period

Day 3
8-9 am: Check in
9-9:15 am: Exam instructions
9:15-11:15 am: Exam period

Classroom Course Description:

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.

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.

Course is approved for 1.5 CEU's