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|In the time that it will take you to learn more about playground safety, a child will be severely injured and admitted to an emergency room as a result of a playground accident. It is estimated that each year,
more than 200,000 such injuries occur in the United States. This year, approximately 15 children will die from injuries as a result of a playground accident.
NRPA’s Certified Playground Safety Inspector
program – formerly the National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI) – has identified 12 of the leading causes of injuries on playgrounds, and published “The Dirty Dozen - A Checklist for Safe Playgrounds,” a brochure that identifies and discusses the 12 most common safety concerns and
leading causes of injuries on playgrounds.
To purchase “The Dirty Dozen” (available in
packages of 50), visit the NRPA Store at www.ipv.nrpa.org/store. You can also download a PDF version of the resource for individual use.
Certified Playground Safety Inspector
The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) program is offered by the National Certification Board in coordination with the National Recreation and Park Association. Courses are offered to individuals certified to inspect playgrounds for safety hazards and to ensure compliance with national standards set by the American Society for Testing an Materials (ASTM) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). A professional must successfully pass the CPSI examination to receive the 3-year certification.
The purpose of the CPSI certification is for those certified to be able to; identify hazards on public playground equipment and the playground; rank the hazards according to injury potential; and apply the knowledge to remove the hazards and establish a system of inspections and maintenance.
NRPA is dedicated to promoting children’s right to play in a safe and challenging play environment. NRPA’s vision is to train and certify at least one person from every community across the United States to be a CPSI. These inspectors will share their
knowledge on the public-use playground standards with other people responsible for playground safety within their agencies and throughout their communities.
The CPSI certification program provides the
most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues, including equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods.
Becoming a Certified Playground Safety Inspector positions you as a leader and role model in the public playground safety community.
Invest in certification...
• protect children from injury due to playground hazards
• protect your business or agency from costly liabilities
• open the door to more opportunities for career advancement
• increase your job mobility and choices even in the face of a tough job market
• reach not only your short-term job goals, but also position yourself for success in your long-term career
• be associated with NRPA’s strong and longstanding reputation in playground safety
Certification can lead to better visibility,
opportunities, and jobs. In today’s increasingly complex and highly specialized economy, credentials are important. So whether you’re just starting the journey or well along the path of a successful playground safety expert, NRPA’s CPSI certification can help. CPSI certification is your path to career enhancement, increased salary, and greater success.