Playground Maintenance Course

The National Recreation and Park Association's Playground Maintenance Course is a one-day (6.25 hour) educational course that covers the following topics – an overview of playground safety standards and guidelines, playground owner responsibilities and maintenance discussions on playground equipment, surfacing and site items. Participants receive a certificate upon completion of the Playground Maintenance Course.


Course participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Who Should Enroll?

Professionals who should take the course include maintenance staff, recreation staff, university seniors and any individuals who are responsible for playgrounds.

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Host a Playground Maintenance Course

Hosting is as easy as securing a location, inviting participants, and partnering with an instructor. Learn how to host a Playground Maintenance Course.


Become a Playground Maintenance Course Instructor

Share your knowledge of playground maintenance by becoming a Playground Maintenance Course Instructor. To become a course instructor, you must first apply to attend the instructor workshop. During this one-day workshop, attendees receive an in-depth review of the Playground Maintenance Course materials, and the technical knowledge and presentation skills necessary to teach the course.


  • Six years of full-time experience in playground maintenance, playground safety, park operations and management or related fields
  • Must have experience teaching adult education
  • Must maintain a current CPSI Certification and have maintained it for a minimum of 6 years
  • Must be a current member of NRPA

To become an instructor, please complete the online application and submit three professional references (download the reference form here). Only candidates who meet the minimum requirements listed above should apply. Once accepted, you will receive instructions on how to register for an upcoming instructor workshop.

October 26, 2020
Orlando, FL

Apply to Become a Course Instructor

The deadline to apply is September 25, 2020.

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