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 most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere requires advanced reading and fifteen hours of training. Nationally known playground safety experts will prepare participants to take the 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.

CPSI In-Person Courses:

Saratoga Springs, NY - November 17th-19th, 2021

COURSE LOCATION: SPA Park Admin Building 19 Roosevelt Drive Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


Sponsored by US Playground Surfacing, LLC

*Each class has a required minimum attendance. You will be notified if the course is rescheduled or cancelled.

Regarding our COVID safety precautions, please note NYSRPS will be onsite to ensure surfaces are disinfected and you will have a clean, socially distanced learning space to gather.

Please note:

1. Stay home if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are showing symptoms.

2. Stay home and monitor your health if you have had contact with a person who has symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the course date.

3. Masks are required throughout the course unless that individual has trouble breathing. (Masks should be provided to those who don’t have one).

4. All participants will be required to have a temperature check and complete a Participant Health Liability Form prior to entering the classroom.

A candidate who has a disability may request a special accommodation; the request must be submitted in writing at the time of course or exam registration. The request form is available online at In order to properly accommodate all persons with disabilities, it is recommended that all requests be made 45 days prior to the scheduled date for the course and exam.

English as second language (ESL) candidates may request a time extension and/or the use of a strict translation dictionary. Request forms/fees must be submitted to NRPA no less than 30 days prior to the exam. The request form is available online at

Under the NYSRPS Event Cancellation Policy 

As posted on nysrps, no refunds within 30 days are given. Unfortunately, this will be enforced with CPSI. NRPA charges the Society for the number confirmed regardless who is in actual attendance so the instructor's travel and compensation is covered. In the event of a COVID illness, documentation may be required for a refund. We thank you for your understanding. 

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 4 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 Julie BolandNRPA 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 Julie Boland, 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

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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