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Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam - 2020
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1/8/2020 to 1/10/2020
When: Wednesday, January 8
7:30 AM
Where: Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Road
Landover, Maryland 
United States
Contact: MRPA

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Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam

January 8 - 10, 2020 (snow dates: TBD)

CPSI Course Only - $450 (does NOT include exam)

CPSI Course & Certification Exam - $600 (please see note below regarding exam entry requirements)

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, 200,000 children were treated for playground accidents in 1994.  Of those, 70% or 140,000 occurred at public parks and schoolyards.


How does your equipment measure up? How many preventable injuries occurred on your playgrounds?


Sponsored by the Maryland Recreation & Parks Association, Inc. and the National Recreation & Park Association, this course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered. Advanced reading and 12 hours of training will prepare you to sit for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector exam scheduled at the culmination of the certification course.


  • The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Course promotes children's rights to play and promotes nationally the importance play has in a child's development.
  • CPSI provides the most current comprehensive training program on playground safety including the development and distribution of playground training and safety products.
  • CPSI provides input to help develop responsible public policy for the guaranteed safety of our children while at the same time advocating sound fiscal responsibility to provide resources for the ongoing maintenance and support of the policy.

Resource materials developed especially for this course are included in the registration fee and will be mailed to all participants who preregister.  Those who register after December 21 will not receive their resource materials until they arrive on site.  It is not recommended that you take the exam if you have not had the materials at least two weeks prior to the course.


Topics include:

  • Identifying hazards on playgrounds
  • Developing risk management tools
  • Importance of a comprehensive playground safety program from a legal perspective
  • CPSC guidelines review
  • ASTM standard analysis
  • Test methods for entrapment, protrusions and entanglement


 Preliminary Schedule (subject to change)

Day 1 - January 8

7:30 - 8:00  Registration

8:00 - 9:00  Course Introduction and Injury Statistics

9:00-12:00  Hazard ID Parts 1 & 2

12:00-1:00  Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 2:00  Applied Exercise 1 - Use of test probes and


2:00 - 4:30  Hazard ID Parts 3 & 4

4:30 - 5:00  Exam Prep/Q&A/Homework Assignment


Breaks will be provided throughout Day 1 and 2

Day 2 - January 9

8:00 - 9:30  Surfacing Parts 1 & 2

9:30-11:00   Safety Management

11:00-12:00  Applied Exercise 2/Hazard ID Prioritization

12:00-1:00   Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 3:30   Applied Exercise 3/Site Investigation

3:30 - 4:30   Site Investigation Wrap up

4:30 - 5:00  Q&A/Program Ends


Day 3 - January 10

8:00 - 9:00   Check In

9:00 - 11:30  Exam Instructions/Exam


Photo ID required for exam admission.  Individuals sitting for the CPSI exam must be 18 years of age or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent.





We are unable to offer refunds or credits for this program.


For information on local hotels, please visit the Prince George's County Sport & Learning Center's website



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