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11/4/2019 to 11/5/2019
When: Monday, November 4, 2019
7:00 AM
Where: Gregory Forum - Clackamas Community College, Oregon City Campus
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, Oregon  97045
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 .



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. 



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.



Day 1

7:00 a.m.

Check In
7:30 a.m.

Welcome and introductions


Playground maintenance process


Hazard prevention

Safety surfacing on the playground

11:30 a.m.


12:00 p.m.

Playground materials – concrete

Playground materials – wood

Playground materials – plastic/synthetic


Playground materials – metals

Playground materials – fasteners/connectors

  Short Break
3:00 p.m. Record keeping and documentation
  Removing Equipment from service

4:00 p.m.

Wrap up and evaluation, day 1


Day 2

7:30 a.m.

Identifying Hazard Potential

Inspection process, frequency and procedures


9:00 a.m.

Virtual playground – swings

12:00 p.m.  

Wrap up and evaluation



Steve Plumb, CPSI

Steve Plumb has been an active and committed leisure service professional for more than 45 years. He is owner of Grandview Recreation Services, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in maintenance management, expert witness consulting, and training services for public agencies. Steve has worked as an Instructor for the National Recreation and Park Association’s Certified Playground Safety Inspector Program since 1999, and as an Instructor for the Playground Maintenance Technician program sponsored by the Park District Risk Management Agency and the Eppley Institute at Indiana University since the program’s inception in 2010.

Additional Professional Connections:  Leon Younger & PROS, Elmhurst Park District, Glenview Park District, Aurora University, ASTM Committee member, Maintenance Management School Board of Regents.


Member: $365

Non-Member: $460

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



Please take a moment to review the ORPA Refund Policy.





Workshops like this are made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.







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