New York State
Recreation & Park Society

The NRPA National Playground Safety Inspector course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered.

What is CPSI?

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course promotes children’s rights to play and promotes nationally the importance play has to a child’s development.

This course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere. Advanced reading and fifteen hours of training from nationally known playground safety experts will prepare participants to "sit” for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination offered at the culmination of the certification course.

Topics include:

  • Identifying hazards on playgrounds
  • Developing risk management tools
  • Legal aspects of having a comprehensive safety program
  • Test methods for entrapment, protrusions, and entanglements

This course is a must for staff from park and recreation agencies, schools districts, child care facilities, health departments, landscape architecture firms, playground manufacturers, installers or contractors, insurance firms and others responsible for play equipment areas or playgrounds.

Help our children by designing, installing, and maintaining safe playgrounds.

The NRPA National Playground Safety Inspector course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered.

CPSI In-Person Courses:

Saratoga Springs, NY - September 15th-17th, 2021  REGISTER NOW!

New City, NY - October 6th-8th, 2021  REGISTER NOW!

Fairport, NY - October 20th-22nd, 2021  REGISTER NOW!

CPSI VIRTUAL Blended Course: 12 Hr. Online Course (at your leisure)

NYSRPS Virtual Course Date: September 10th, 2021 8am-noon

REGISTER TODAY FOR BLENDED COURSE ($475 NYSRPS members / $575 non-members/ $200 exam only)

Exam: Location of your choice OR Online 


CPSI Blended Course: Program Overview

  • Registration will be done through NYSRPS. Each registrant must have a unique email address; they can not share email addresses. The email you provide will be unique to you and will be used to register you for the course and examination.
    • Registration deadline is 30 days prior to the course. Drop deadline is two weeks prior to the course. Please note: studying for the course in less than a three week period may lead to exam failure.
  • Once the minimum registrant requirement is reached (20 registrants), NYSRPS will begin to send weekly reports to NRPA where they will confirm your virtual learning session instructor. 
    • Once NYSRPS sends your registration to NRPA, NRPA will take over communications and instructions about the CPSI Blended Course and Exam.
  • Course materials (CPSI Course Manual & Field Guide and CPSI Blended Course Overview) will be sent to you (if you ordered) from NYSRPS within 6 weeks prior to the course.
  • NRPA will then send you your access to the CPSI Online Learning Course (12 hours) and CPSI Virtual Learning Session (4 hours).
    • You will have access to the CPSI Online Learning Course for a total of 180 days from registration (you can start and stop at your own pace), however, registrants must complete the entire CPSI Online Learning Course at least 24 hours before the CPSI Virtual Learning Session. 
    • Once registrants have started the Online Learning Course, no refunds will be issued. Please contact Terrence JohnsonNRPA Playground Safety Manager at if you have any extreme circumstances brought to your attention.
  • NRPA will notify registrants, by email, 1 week, 1 day, and 1 hour before the CPSI Virtual Session with access information. When the session becomes active (15 min prior to start time), registrants will click the play button to access the content and will be taken to a new tab with the active Zoom meeting of the CPSI Virtual Session. 
  • NRPA, will notify registrants, by email, one week before the first Virtual Session will convene.
    • Registrant information will be sent to the professional testing company. Registrants will then be sent an email with information on how to schedule their examination at a nearby testing facility. Please note: you must complete your 12 hours of the CPSI Online Learning AND the 4 hours of the CPSI Virtual Learning Session to sit for the exam.
    • Registrants may schedule their examination based on their testing window (within 90 days of the Virtual Session conclusion) and the testing company's schedule.
See Directory of Testing Centers. Participants will also have the ability to take the exam online, as well.

If you have specific questions about the CPSI Blended Course, please contact Terrence Johnson, NRPA Playground Safety Manager at Any registration questions of CPSI Blended Course materials questions, please contact the NYSRPS Office at

Accommodations: If you require special accommodations or ESL accommodations, please fill out the accommodation PDF and return back to NRPA via email as soon as possible.

Download CPSI Blended Course
and Exam Overview

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