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CPSI Training


March 2-4, 2020


Class & Exam

Robert A. Lee Community Rec Center220 S. Gilbert StreetIowa City, IA 52240


Holiday Inn Express & Suites

970 25th Avenue

Coralville, IA 52241

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Playground Safety to get block discount rate

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, more than 243,000 children are treated annually for playground accidents. Of these, 70% or 170,100 occurred at public parks and schoolyards. How does your equipment measure up? How many preventable injuries occurred in your parks or facilities?

The National Recreation and Park Association offers a certification program in playground safety, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification program. The CPSI certification program provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods.

Invest in certification and…

  • 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 your short-term job goals and position yourself for success in your long-term career
  • Be associated with NRPA’s strong and long-standing reputation in playground safety


Course & Exam $ 630

CPSI Class Only $ 525

Exam Only $ 135

International Postage $ 55

Registration is a two-step process:

  1. Register online to reserve your space in the training.
  2. Click on the payment options to complete payment to secure your registration.

***Invoices and a W9 will be emailed within 24 hours.

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Registration is now OPEN. Registration is limited to 35 class participants (minimum 25 required to hold the class); no walk-ins accepted.

Course materials will be mailed out upon reaching the 25 minimum registrants.

Books and resource materials will not be sent if full payment is not received by registration deadline. P.O.’s are not accepted as payment.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations prior to February 3, 2020 subject to $50 cancellation fee, if manuals have already been mailed out, the cancellation fee is $300 (you keep course materials). All credit card refunds subject to $6.95 processing fee. Allow 30 days after course event to receive refund checks.

Cancellations after C.O.B. February 3, 2020 – no refunds. 

Classroom Course Description:

The CPSI classroom course trains individuals to identify hazards on public playgrounds and playground equipment, how to rank those hazards according to injury potential and how to apply that knowledge and establish a playground safety program. The course covers the material necessary to pass the Certified Playground Safety Inspector certification exam.

Individuals taking the CPSI Classroom Course will gain practical, hands-on training on how to apply the ASTM standards and the CPSC guidelines to playground environments. Upon completion of the CPSI course an individual should of establishing a sound risk reduction program, establish a system of repair, retrofit and removal of hazardous equipment and establish a routine inspection system.


All times are in Central Time

Day 1

7:30-8 am: Registration & Complimentary Continental Breakfast (in classroom)

8-9:30 am: Course Introduction & Injury Statistics

9:30-9:40 am: Break

9:40-12:00 noon: Hazard ID Parts

1 & 212:00-1:00 pm: Lunch Provided On-site

1-1:45 pm: Applied Exercise – Use of test probes & gauges

1:45-3 pm: Hazard ID Part 3

3-3:15 pm: Break

3:15-4:40 pm: Hazard ID Part 4

4:40-5 pm: Exam Prep/Q & A Period/Homework Assignment

Day 2

7:30-8 am: Complimentary Continental Breakfast (in classroom)

8-9 am: Surfacing Part 1

9-9:15 am: Break

9:15-10:15 am: Surfacing Part 2

10:15-10:25 am: Break

10:25-12:00 noon: Risk Management, Audits, Inspections & Maintenance

12:00-1 pm: Lunch Provided On-site

1-2:30 pm: Risk Reduction Exercise

2:30-4:30 pm: Applied Exercise – Site Investigation

4:30-5 pm: Question & Answer Period

Day 3

8-9 am: Check-in

9-9:15 am: Exam Instructions

9:15-11:15 am: Certification Exam Period

Who Should Attend:

Individuals wishing to become a Certified Playground Safety Inspector, playground owner/operators, landscape architects and designers, health inspectors, school and park maintenance personnel, daycare staff, risk reduction managers, manufacturers, playground installers, insurance agents, safety consultants, etc.

Course is approved for 1.5 CEU’s

Additional Information:

Tony Malkusak will be your instructor for the program. He will be hosting free study sessions on March 2 and March 3 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites meeting room starting at 7:00 pm. All are welcome!

English as a second language (ESL) candidates may request a time extension and/or the use of a strict translation dictionary. Candidates request forms/fees must be submitted to NRPA no less than 30 days prior to the exam. The request form is available online at www.nrpa. org/cpsi . The course host will work collaboratively with the NRPA to ensure all approved reasonable accommodations are met.

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. 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.

Event Location

Robert A. Lee Community Rec Center
220 S. Gilbert StreetIowa City, IA 52240

Contact Info

Registration Is Closed

Sorry The March 2-4, 2020 Class Is Full