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2018 Certified Playground Safety Inspector Class & Exam
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6/13/2018 to 6/15/2018
When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
8:00 AM
Where: Hillsboro Brookwood Library
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
Hillsboro, Oregon  97124
United States
Contact: Michael Klein

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Oregon's only 2018 Certified Playground Safety Inspector certification course and certification exam.  Class is June 13 & 14.  Certification exam is June 15.  Participants may register for the class and exam, the class only, or the exam only. 

The purpose of the CPSI course is to educate participants on national playground standards and guidelines for children aged 2-12 years old and to enable those who successfully complete the course to: 

  • identify hazards on public playground equipment and the playground;
  • rank the hazards according to injury potential;
  • apply the knowledge to remove the hazards and establish a system of inspections.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone involved with the Playground industry
  • Child Daycare, Schools, Parks & Recreation, Manufacturing, Construction & Installation Companies
  • Maintenance Staff, Supervisors, Risk Managers, Planners, Architects, Playground Manufacturers, Child Care Providers, Playground Installers.


Wednesday, June 13th

7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 - 9:00 AM Course Introduction and Injury Statistics
9:00 - 12:00 PM  Hazard ID Parts 1 & 2
12:00 - 1:00 PM  LUNCH (Provided)
1:00 - 2:00 PM Applied Exercise 1 - Use of test probes and gauges
2:00 - 4:30 PM Hazard ID Parts 3 & 4
4:30 - 5:00 PM Exam Prep / Q & A / Homework Assignment


Thursday, June 14th

8:00 - 9:30 AM Surfacing Parts 1 & 2
9:30 - 11:00 AM Safety Management
11:00 - 12:00 PM Applied Exercise 2 - Hazard ID Prioritization
12:00 - 1:00 PM LUNCH (Provided)
1:00 - 3:00 PM Applied Exercise 3 - Site Investigation
3:30 - 4:30 PM Site Investigation Wrap Up
4:30 - 5:00 PM Question & Answer Period (Program Ends)


Friday, June 15th

8:00 - 9:00 AM Check In
9:00 - 11:30 AM Exam Instructions / 2-Hour Certification Examination


**Breaks will be provided throughout the day



Ken Kutska

Executive Director of the International Playground Safety Institute, LLC of Florida since retiring from Wheaton Parks District, IL as Director of Parks and Planning 2006 | Past president of the NRPA | Chair of the ASTM F15.29 Subcommittee for performance requirements for public play equipment | Member of IPEMA’s Voice of Play Advisory Board | Member of US Play Coalition Planning Committee | Co-founder of the National Playground Safety Institute | NRPA Certified Playground Safety Inspector course instructor | Epply’s Institute Playground Maintenance Technician course instructor | Author of Playground Safety Is No Accident.

Steven Plumb

Steve Plumb 

Steve 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 NRPA Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) 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 State 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.


ORPA Members: $595 Class & Exam; $475 Class Only (must be logged in to receive member rate)

Non-Members: $655 Class & Exam; $525 Class Only

Exam Only: $195 regardless of membership


The deadline for registration is May 7th, 2018.  Because of the nature of this certification program, materials will be shipped to participants early to allow time for independent study.  Late registration limits the time available to ship materials and study, reducing the success rate of passing the exam.  Please register as soon as possible to allow time to review materials.

Materials will be shipped to those who register for the class, or class & exam.  Those who register for the exam only will not receive materials.


Light refreshments will be provided in the morning.  Full lunch will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday.  No food will be provided on Friday during the exam.


If you are joining us from out of town, you may be interested in lodging.*  Below are hotels closest to the Hillsboro Public Library where the CPSI class and exam will take place.

Residence Inn by Marriott 503.844.7777
Lakespur Landing Hillsboro 503.681.2121
Comfort Inn 503.648.3500


*ORPA does not provide or coordinate lodging, nor do we guarantee availablility or per diem rates at the listed hotels.


Please review our refund policy for information about requesting a refund.  Note: refunds for CPSI are subject to different dates than other workshops.



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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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