Are your Playgrounds Safe?
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, 200,000 children are treated annually for playground accidents. Of these, 70 percent, or 140,000, occurred at public parks and schoolyards.
About the Course
Sponsored by the NRPA and hosted by the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society and Upper Allen Township Parks and Recreation, this course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered. Advanced reading and ten hours of training will prepare you to sit for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Exam, scheduled at the culmination of the certification course.
The CPSI Course trains individuals to identify hazards on public playgrounds and playground equipment, how to rank 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.
Upon completion of the CPSI course an individual should be capable of establishing a sound risk reduction program, establish a system repair, retrofit, and removal of hazardous equipment, and establish a routine inspection system for their agency or playground owner-client.
Resource materials developed especially for this course are included in the registration fee and will be mailed to all participants who pre-register.
What is Included?
CPSI Manual & Field Guide including:
ASTM F1487-11 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification of Playground for Public Use
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Handbook
1.5 Continuing Education Units (NRPA)
Lunch and refreshment breaks on days 1 and 2
Who Should Attend
Public Works Departments
Building and Grounds Maintenance Staff
Engineers and Architects
Playground Equipment Representatives
Operators and Caretakers of Playgrounds in Parks, Schools, Summer Camps, Day Camps, Hotels/Resorts, and Day Care Centers
Agencies such as YMCA/YWCA, Head Start, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Police Athletic Leagues
Insurance Adjusters and Loss Control Specialists
Day 1 (instruction) - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Day 2 (instruction and playground visit) - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Day 3 (Exam) - 9:00 am - 11:15 am Exam
Location and Lodging
The CPSI class will be held at Upper Allen Township Municipal Building in their Multi-purpose Room. Lodging arrangements for participants are being coordinated with a nearby hotel. Please use the link provided below to get the special rate. The hotel provides a free breakfast buffet for all guests and is located a short drive from the workshop venue.
Hotel info: Double and single occupancy rooms available for $89.00 / night plus taxes (deadline 3/1/23)
Wingate by Wyndham Mechanicsburg/Harrisburg West Register for your room here
385 Cumberland Pkwy
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-5673
+1 800 337 0070
Meet the Instructor
The Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course (CPSI) instructor team is comprised of the top playground safety professionals in the United States. CPSI instructors have diverse backgrounds in playground safety consultation, manufacturing, installation and education. CPSI instructors are consistently rated as excellent by students.
PRPS Member Tuition $495
Exam Member $100
Non-member Tuition $595
Exam Non-member $125
Registration includes resource materials, breaks and lunch on days 1 and 2. Course materials will be mailed to participants a few weeks before the session. Register Early!
Please register early, we send out books once we have the minimum number of participants registered. NRPA does not recommend taking the exam without thoroughly reading the materials. In some cases, studying for the course in less than 3 weeks leads to exam failure. No walk-ins are allowed for the course or exam.
Age and Education Requirement
Candidates sitting for the CPSI Certification examination must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or equivalent. Your legal identification will be verified upon entry into the examination site.
The minimum course size is 25; the maximum is 50. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
The certification exam will be given on day 3. Certification is valid for 3 years and is renewable by exam. Those passing the exam will be added to a National Registry of Certified Playground Safety Inspectors.
In order to properly accommodate all persons with disabilities, it is recommended that all requests come in writing no less than 30 days prior to the course and exam.
Cancelation Policy (Updated)
PRPS will refund your registration, less a $25 processing fee, if your cancellation is received in writing before course materials are shipped (note: PRPS ships course materials as soon as they are received and cannot guarantee shipping dates). After materials are shipped, cancellations are subject to an additional $280 fee.
No refunds can be made for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the beginning of the course.
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