Playground Safety Inspector Certification Courses 21/22

Playground Safety Inspector Certification Courses 21/22

General Information

Due to COVID-19, NRPA and CPRS are offering the training course virtually.

Playing outdoors is a major component in the health and wellness of our children.  It is our responsibility to ensure safe, enjoyable play areas for all.  CPRS, in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) are offering the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course and certification to properly train and certify you and your staff to recognize and prevent potential playground hazards.  Courses are designed for park and recreation staff, school districts, child care facilities, health departments, landscape architects, playground manufacturers, installers, contractors, insurance firms, home owner's associations and more.  

Candidates who successfully pass the exam will be considered a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) and will be added to the National RegistryObtaining CPSI certification will meet the State of California requirements regarding the inspection of playgrounds.  Recertification is required every three years.


If you are new to our system and do not have a login and password, you will need to add yourself and enter your address & email.  Do not leave your addresses blank or we will not be able to send your information to you.  If someone is registering a group, please be sure to include addresses and emails for the people you add so they will get their information.  Your books will be sent to the address you use & cannot be replaced unless they are returned as undeliverable.

Logistics for the Workshop

Due to COVID-19, NRPA and CPRS are offering the training course virtually

This 'blended learning' environment will include 12 hours of pre-recorded learning modules, a 4 hour virtual training course with a live instructor and a computer-based exam offered either at a professional testing site or online from your home.  Online exam options have certain restrictions.  Please refer to the CPSI Candidate Handbook for further details.

Register via our online registration system for this two-part course!
Part 1 - Online learning modules - study at your own pace

Once registered, you will receive study materials via USPS, as well as access to 12 hours of pre-recorded learning modules, presented by CPSI expert trainers.  This 'Prep Course' will give you the basics you need to prepare for the Virtual Course and Exam, with the ability to study at your own pace.  

Part 2 - LIVE Instruction via ZOOM
All candidates must attend ONE 4 hour virtual course in order to sit for the exam.  This course will be held via ZOOM by a live instructor and is limited to just 20 students, to allow for maximum interaction among students and instructor.  We have multiple days to choose from; please choose the one date that works best for you during the registration process by using the dropdown arrow on your date and choosing the "add" button. 

CPSI Exam time:
NRPA will send you instructions to schedule your exam after your registration has been processed.  Results will be shared with you immediately following completion of the exam.


There are no cancellation refunds for online courses

Other Details

You will receive an email confirmation and receipt after you register, sent to the email on file.  Books will be mailed out to the address as listed on your registration within two weeks of registering. Please verify your mailing address by clicking on the "Edit registrant information"link below.

ADA Information

For ADA requests and questions concerning accessibility, contact CPRS, 916-665-2777. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed without 30 days notice.

Questions Below

Once you click Register Myself, you will see that we have some required and optional questions below.
When you have answered the questions, please be sure to click the "Save Responses" button. This will ensure that your transaction successfully goes to the online cart when you complete your registration.
The dates listed below are when the LIVE Instruction via ZOOM will take place.

A virtual course date (this is not your exam date) must be chosen during the registration process unless you are taking the exam only.
** Before you PROCEED TO CHECKOUT, please "ADD" the date you wish to attend the 
LIVE Instruction via ZOOM.**

Currently, the next available LIVE Instruction is on Monday, June 7th, 2021. The Zoom session will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST. 

5/1/2021 - 4/30/2022
Virtual Event



Saturday, 01 May 2021

If you need to retake the exam and the "Exam Only" option isn't available above, please choose it here.
5/1/2021 - 4/30/2022

Monday, 07 June 2021

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
8:00 AM

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