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. Recent developments concerning the spread of COVID-19 has added new dimensions to playground safety and the need for proper maintenance.
About the Course
Sponsored by the NRPA and hosted by the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society, this blended online course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered. Along with a Field Guide and the official course manual, an online Learning Course, and a 4-hour Zoom class with a professional instructor will prepare you to sit for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Exam. You can schedule the exam after the certification course at any NRPA testing center near you. 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 to establish a comprehensive 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, develop a system for repair, retrofit, and removal of hazardous equipment, and build a routine inspection and maintenance program 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 when the course minimum has been met.
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
Access to eight (8) self-paced online modules to learn and review the course materials
A four (4) hour zoom session with a certified instructor to review materials, answer questions and prep for the exam.
1.5 Continuing Education Units (NRPA)
Who Should Register?
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
Once the enrollment minimum has been met (20) and the course is confirmed, all registered participants will receive materials in the mail and be notified by NRPA that the online teaching modules are available to them.
All participants are required to complete the online study course at least 24 hours before the Zoom meeting with the instructor (November 5 or December 10). After completing the course work and attending the zoom meeting, participants who registered for a test will receive verification to register for a testing date and time.
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 $360
Exam Member $115
Non-member Tuition $400
Exam Non-member $125
Please register before October 23 for November class and November 20 for the December class. NRPA does not recommend taking the exam without thoroughly reading the materials and completing the learning modules. In some cases, studying for the course in less than three weeks leads to exam failure.
Age and Education Requirement
Candidates sitting for the CPSI Certification examination must be 18 or older and have a high school degree or equivalent.
The minimum course size is 20; the maximum is 50. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Certification is valid for three years and is renewable by exam. Those passing the exam will be added to a National Registry of Certified Playground Safety Inspectors. Participants desiring certification will be required to take a computer-based exam at a testing center of their choice.
Testing - 2 Options
After the course work and zoom meeting, participants who registered for a test will receive verification to register for a testing date and time Candidates can elect to take the test at either a testing center or remotely utilizing their computer and web camera. Participants opting for the the Remote online test must have a have a computer (with the Google Chrome browser installed) and camera that can move to display the entire room, a microphone, and an internet connection to download the testing company's secure browser. A compatibility check of the candidate's audio/video and operating system is required prior to scheduling. A video overview of the live remote testing process can be viewed here.
For those who wish to take the test at a local testing center, a listing of Testing centers can be found here.
To adequately accommodate all persons with disabilities, it is recommended that all requests come in writing no less than 30 days before the course and exam.
If the minimum number of registrants (20) is not obtained for the course (Oct. 23 for Nov. class; Nov. 20 for Dec. class). PRPS will refund your registration in full. After materials are shipped, cancellations are subject to a $250 fee. No refunds can be made after the online learning modules have been accessed
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Note: Those wishing to re-certify and only take the exam should register directly with the NRPA.