NRPA’s CPSI program originated in the early 1990’s by a group of individuals that brought the idea of playground safety education to NRPA. This group formed the National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI) which operated as an NRPA committee and offered education and the CPSI certification. In 2010 the NPSI executive committee was dissolved and the administration and management of the CPSI program was brought within NRPA. The program is coordinated by the NRPA Playground Safety Manager with reliance on the instructors as subject matters experts.


The National Recreation and Park Association is dedicated to promoting children's right to play in a safe and challenging play environment. It is NRPA's goal to train and certify at least one person from every community across the United States to be a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI). The CPSI program offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety as well as provides certification for playground safety inspectors.

Recognition of Volunteers

The CPSI program is supported by dedicated professionals serving in a variety of capacities including the Certification Committee, Exam Committee, Job Task Analysis Committee and the Play Area Advisory Panel.


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