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10/4/2018 to 10/5/2018
When: Thursday, October 4, 2018
8:00 AM
Where: Wilsonville City Hall
29799 Town Center Loop E.
Wilsonville, Oregon  97070
United States
Contact: Amanda Parsons

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  • The two-day Playground Maintenance Technician Program (PMT) focuses on practical playground maintenance practices, inspection principles and best practices in making repairs. This program does not focus on play theory or memorizing standards. Course modules explore the maintenance challenges associated with the common materials found in playgrounds, including concrete, metal, wood, plastics, fasteners and various surfacing materials. Through videos and case studies, participants learn about the types of playground inspections, how to repair damaged equipment and associated legal considerations. A virtual playground offers participants the opportunity to apply newly learned skills.
  • Learn by doing! Hands on learning which combines discussion and virtual environments to understand playground maintenance tasks
  • Learn about materials! Learn how to maintain playground equipment made of metal, plastic, wood and concrete
  • Learn about safety! Understand how to take damaged equipment out of service safely, keep proper records, and identify potential legal issues related to playground maintenance
  • Learn about surfaces! Learn how best to maintain unitary and loose-fill surfaces as well as fasteners and connectors
  • Resources to take back to your office! Receive a 250-page textbook, workbook, and upon completion, a Playground Maintenance Technician Certificate
  • Cost Effective! Train front-line maintenance staff at an affordable price
  • Ensure your equipment lasts through its useful life! Improve playground user safety and prolong the useful life of equipment .


What You Will Learn

The Playground Maintenance Technician Program is designed specifically for front-line staff (and their supervisors) responsible for the hands-on inspection and maintenance of playground equipment. While playground administrator issues such as ASTM playground and accessibility standards are included, the primary focus of the program is on practical maintenance issues such as:

  • playground inspection frequency
  • hazard identification
  • how to safely take equipment out-of-service
  • playground documentation
  • working with equipment manufacturers
  • limiting liability
  • maintaining common playground equipment materials

Another distinctive feature of the Playground Maintenance Technician Program is the use of a virtual playground setting to help participants learn more effectively by bringing the playground into the classroom. This instructional tool helps participants to learn within a virtual playground setting to actively identify hazards and address maintenance concerns. 


Who Should Attend

Anyone who performs hands-on playground safety inspections and maintenance, along with those who supervise playground maintenance staff should attend the Playground Maintenance Technician Program. Participants with experience ranging from just a few weeks up to 30 years, find the two-day course practical and informative.


Workshop Agenda

Day 1

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and introductions

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Playground maintenance process

9:50 a.m. – 10 a.m.


10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Hazard prevention

10:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Safety surfacing on the playground

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


12:15 p.m. – 12:35 p.m.

Playground materials – concrete

12:35 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Playground materials – wood

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Playground materials – plastic/synthetic

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Playground materials – metals

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Playground materials – fasteners/connectors

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wrap up and evaluation, day 1


Day 2

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Inspection process, frequency and procedures

9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.


10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Record keeping and documentation

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Removing equipment from service

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Virtual playground – swings

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Virtual playground – track ride

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Virtual playground – sand-digging equipment

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Virtual playground – spring rocking equipment

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Virtual playground – composite

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wrap up and evaluation



Tom M. Kalousek, CPSI

Tom Kalousek has been an active professional in the realm of park maintenance and supervision for over 40 years. In 1978 he became the Superintendent of Maintenance at the Rockford Park District in Illinois. He worked at Rockford for a total of 21 years, during which time he became Director of Park Services and managed all capital planning, maintenance, land acquisition, police services, and special event services. Since leaving Rockford Park District, Tom has held several other professional positions. Tom was asked in 1995 to be an instructor for the NRPA National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI) Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course. He continues to teach as an instructor for the CPSI and has taught internationally, including courses in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Germany.

Additional Professional Connections:  ASTM International committee member, ASTM public playground committee, Winnebago County Forest District of Northern Illinois, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, US Play Coalition steering committee.


Member: $365

Non-Member: $460

Registration fee includes instruction, 5-page handout, continental breakfast and lunch for both days.





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