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Playground Safety & Design Resources

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Course and Exam

July 12-14, 2016

NCSU McKimmon Center

Raleigh, NC

Hosted by Recreation Resources Service

Sponsored by Cunningham Recreation and Playground Guardian


RRS Tax ID/ W-9 Form: for your business office to issue check

About the Course

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector course prepares professionals to recognize and prevent potential playground hazards and to inspect playgrounds for safety issues using current ASTM International standards and CPSC guidelines.

Course participants learn how to:

  • Identify hazards on public playgrounds and playground equipment
  • Rank hazards according to injury potential
  • Apply that info and establish a playground safety program

After taking the CPSI course, participants have the knowledge needed to

  • Establish a sound risk reduction program;
  • Establish a system of repair, retrofit, and removal of hazardous equipment; and
  • Create a routine inspection system.

Participants also gain the most up-to-date information to sit for the CPSI certification exam. Certification is valid for three years.


Information Sheet - Includes full course schedule

Directions and Accommodations

Other Locations for CPSI Courses? For a listing of other training courses, visit the NRPA main CPSI course calendar.

Other Safety Resources

Inventory, Audit & Inspection: A Layered Approach to Playground Safety. (RRS publication)

US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Recreational and Sports Safety Publications

National Program for Playground Safety. Research, Training and Services

ASTM Standards. Search for playground equipment, or F1487-05.

National Center on Accessibility. Information on ADA and Playgrounds


Manufacturer Information

International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association

The World Playground Parks and Recreation Products and Services Web Directory.


Research and Design Resources

Natural Learning Initiative - Research and Design Assistance Program of the NCSU College of Design. NLI promotes the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children.