Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course - Fall 2021

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course - Fall 2021

CPSI Online Blended Course

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall CPSI course will continue to be a provided as an online-virtual training. This blended course is comprised of two steps, the completion of the CPSI Online Prep Course followed by a live streamed Virtual Training led by a CPSI Instructor.

Online Prep Course (Step One)

This course provides an 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.

  • The CPSI Online Prep Course is a self-paced course consisting of 12 hours of online instruction.
  • Shortly after registration closes on September 20, the course participant will receive an email from NRPA with information on how to access the CPSI Online Prep Course. Please Note:  Access will not be given before this date.

Virtual Instructor Training Session (Step Two)

This training session, led by a CPSI course instructor, provides practical training on how to apply the ASTM standards and the CPSC guidelines to playground environments.

  • The virtual training will be a 4-hour live streamed, instructor-led training conducted over Zoom. In order to make the most of your time with the CPSI instructor, participants are highly encouraged to have completed the online coursework and be familiar with the materials prior to their scheduled Zoom training.
  • The maximum number of participants for each virtual training date is 20.  This smaller class size is designed to allow for more personalized interaction between the instructor and the participants. Due to the limited class size, multiple Zoom training dates will be available.
  • The virtual training date options are Tuesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 21. Attendees are to select one training date option, and during the registration process participants will choose their preferred date for their virtual training session.  Date selection is on a first-come, first-served basis.  *Please note:  Sessions may be combined to one date if registration is low.

CPSI Exam (Computer-Based or Remote Proctored)

Examinations will be completed via computer-based examination at a local testing site or remote proctored from a compatible computer. Instructions for either option will be emailed by NRPA, including how to schedule an exam at a nearby professional testing facility for the computer-based exam. To locate a testing facility near you, click here

  • Applicants will have approximately 90 days* from the time of the Virtual Instructor Training Session to take the CPSI exam.  Exam results are provided on-site at the conclusion of the exam.
  • Participants registered for both the blended course and exam will receive an email with information on how to schedule their exam approximately one week prior to their Virtual Zoom Training Session.
*NRPA will provide additional details on exact dates.


To register, login to your IPRA account, then select "Register Myself". If you are not an IPRA member, create an account as a guest, then register for the event. The registration deadline is September 20, 2021. Due to the preparation time needed to complete the online prep course prior to the live virtual training session, an extension to this deadline may not be available.

Registration Fees 

Member Course & Exam*      $579   
Member Exam Only*    $120  
Non-Member Course & Exam        $704  
Non-Member Exam Only             $145  

* Must be an IPRA member to be eligible for the member rate.

Course Materials  

Course materials will be sent to registered attendees in advance.  If you have not received your course books four (4) weeks prior to your scheduled Virtual Instructor Training, please contact Leesa Kuo Johnson at (708) 588-2287 or email [email protected].

ADA/Special Accommodations 

A candidate who has a disability may request a special accommodation for the course and/or exam; the request must be submitted in writing at the time of registration. 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 a Second Language (ESL) Accommodation 

A candidate who speaks English as a second language can request a special accommodation for the exam.  You must fill out the request form upon registration and return to Leesa Kuo Johnson.


This event is approved for 1.5 CEUs. Participants must complete both the CPSI Online Learning course and the Virtual Learning Session to receive CEUs.

Cancellation Policy 
Course cancellations will only be considered if a participant has NOT accessed the Online Prep Course system. Once the online system has been accessed, no refunds will be given for any reason. No exceptions. If a participant is seeking a refund and has not accessed the online system, he/she must submit a request in writing to Leesa Kuo Johnson. Requests that have been granted will be eligible for a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations received after attendee course books have been mailed will also be charged a non-refundable $85 materials fee, unless the unopened course books are returned.

Exam only registrants seeking a refund should submit a request in writing to Leesa Kuo Johnson by September 20, 2021. Refund requests received after this date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Please contact Leesa Kuo Johnson at [email protected] or  (708) 588-2287. 

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