New York State
Recreation & Park Society

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification program is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered nationwide. By becoming a CPSI, you will learn how to identify hazards on public playgrounds and playground equipment, rank those hazards according to injury potential and apply that knowledge, as well as how to establish a playground safety program.

Why Become a CPSI?

  • Learn from expert instructors and network with other professionals from the field.
  • Protect children from injury due to playground hazards.
  • Reduce your agency’s liability and take your career to the next level.


CPSI candidates should be at least 18 years of age and must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

How to Become a CPSI

To become a CPSI, you must successfully pass the CPSI exam. The CPSI exam consists of 100 questions, 95 scored and 5 unscored pre-test. CPSI certification is valid for three years. 

Individuals have multiple study options available to them including:

In-person Course and Exam

The CPSI In-person Course is a two-day training conducted by CPSI instructors, with the proctored paper/pencil examination hosted on the morning of day three.

  • CPSI In-person Course: This course provides in-depth analysis of ASTM standards related to playground safety focused on the process of safety inspection from design, through audit and inspection, to maintenance and risk management practices. 
  • Paper/Pencil Examination: Registered participants will complete the paper/pencil examination on the morning of Day 3. Exam results are provided approximately 3-5 weeks following the examination administration

CPSI candidates are highly encouraged to take the course for initial certification.

CPSI Course CEUs: 1.5

New York State Recreation & Park Society  501 C3 Not-for-Profit Organization

19 Roosevelt Drive, Suite 200 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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