CPSI Certified Playground Safety Inspector

Course Hotel Information


Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1020 Plantation Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060

(540) 552-0900

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Hotel reservations deadline is 8/22/2020 or until block is filled.


Comfort Suites Leesburg 
80 Prosperity Avenue
Leesburg, VA 20175-4101
(703) 669-1650

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Hotel reservations deadline is 10/15/2019 or until block is filled for NOVEMBER course.
September course hotel block deadline has passed.


Comfort Inn 
(757) 249-0200

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Hotel reservations deadline is 2/17/2020 or until block is filled

Hyatt Place
5040 Valley View Boulevard North, NW
Roanoke, VA 24012

(540) 366-4700

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Upcoming Playground Courses

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Registration is available online for all courses.

Playground Maintenance: LEARN MORE HERE
Leesburg, Wed 11/6/2019:  FLYER
Newport News, Tues 3/3/2020:  FLYER
Blacksburg, Tues 9/15/2020:  FLYER - COMING SOON

Leesburg, Wed-Fri 9/18-20/2019: 
Newport News, Wed-Fri 3/4-6/2020:  FLYER
Blacksburg, Wed-Fri 9/16-18/2020:  FLYER- COMING SOON

Thank You Playground Course Sponsors


CPSI certifications are valid for 3 years; is it time to renew?

Becoming a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) 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, and
  • be associated with NRPA's strong and long-standing reputation in playground safety



According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 205,850 injuries occur each year on playgrounds, and approximately fifteen children will die from playground related injuries.  Sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association, the Virginia Recreation and Park Society is hosting the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (formerly NPSI) course, the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere.

CPSI is designed to educate and train individuals to identify and reduce risks.  Advanced reading and fifteen hours of training from nationally known playground safety experts will prepare participants to sit for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector examination offered at the culmination of the certification course; it is also approved for CEUs.

Topics include: 

  • identifying hazards on playgrounds
  • developing risk management tools
  • importance of comprehensive playground safety program from a legal perspective
  • test methods for entrapments, protrusions, and entanglement
  • national standards and guidelines.

The CPSI is a must for:

  • municipalities
  • schools
  • child care facilities
  • health departments
  • playground manufacturers and installers
  • insurance firms
  • food chain franchises
  • park and recreation agencies
  • maintenance facilities, and
  • others responsible for playgrounds.

* Please plan your registration and payment accordingly.  A minimum of three weeks of study time is recommended; NRPA does not advise sitting for the exam if materials have not been read thoroughly.


Registration is OPEN ONLINE.


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