The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification program is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered nationwide. By becoming a CPSI, you will learn 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.

Why Become a CPSI?

  • Learn from expert instructors and network with other professionals from the field.
  • Protect children from injury due to playground hazards.
  • Reduce your agency's liability and take your career to the next level.


CPSI candidates should be 18 years of age and must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

How Do You Become a CPSI?

To become a CPSI, you must successfully pass the CPSI exam. The CPSI exam consists of 100 questions, 95 scored and 5 unscored pre-test. 

CPSI candidates have two options for taking the exam:

Classroom Course & Exam

The CPSI course is a two-day instructor led course, with the exam being administered on the third day. Course attendees will gain practical, hands-on training on how to apply the ASTM standards and the CPSC guidelines to playground environments. The course covers the material necessary to prepare for the CPSI exam on the third day. Candidates will be notified of their score approximately three to four weeks following the exam. Attendees can also earn 1.5 CEUs upon completion of the course. The CPSI certification is valid for three years. 

CPSI Candidates can register for the course including the exam, but there is also the option to register for the course only (without the exam) or the exam only. Candidates are highly encouraged to attend the course for initial certification. Signing up for the classroom course only takes a few steps and there are courses offered all over the country.

Sign Up For a Course Near You

Computer-Based Exam

The computer-based exam is administered through PSI Services Professional Testing Company and is available at over 200 testing centers across the U.S. and internationally. Applicants will have 90 days from the time of registration to take the CPSI Exam. To prepare for the exam, candidates are highly encouraged to attend a local course or take the CPSI online prep course. Exam results are provided on-site at the conclusion of the exam.

Important Notice: Update concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
View a list of all of the currently closed computer based testing sites and tentative reopen dates.

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CPSI Prep Materials and Resources

Looking for study materials and other CPSI resources? Learn more about the CPSI certification with our online prep materials and handbooks, review playground standards and guidelines, and access special testing accommodations forms.

CPSI Prep Materials and Resources


For more information about becoming a CPSI, contact NRPA Playground Safety Specialist, Terrence Johnson at


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