Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)

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What is CPSI?

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course promotes children’s rights to play and promotes nationally the importance play has to a child’s development.

Did you know? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it is estimated that each year over 205,850 injuries occur on playgrounds and approximately fifteen children will die from playground-related injuries.

This course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere. Advanced reading and fifteen hours of training from nationally known playground safety experts will prepare participants to "sit” for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination offered at the culmination of the certification course.

Topics include:

  • Identifying hazards on playgrounds
  • Developing risk management tools
  • Legal aspects of having a comprehensive safety program
  • Test methods for entrapment, protrusions, and entanglements

This course is a must for staff from park and recreation agencies, school districts, childcare facilities, health departments, landscape architecture firms, playground manufacturers, installers or contractors, insurance firms, and others responsible for play equipment areas or playgrounds.

Help our children by designing, installing, and maintaining safe playgrounds.

NOTE: Meals will be provided for the days of the course, but not on the day of the test. We encourage you to also bring snacks and water canteens.

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City of Tumwater
Capital Event Center
Capital Region ESD 113
6005 Tyee DR SW
Tumwater, WA 98512


Monday, October 30, 2023 | 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 | 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 | 8:30 AM - 11:15 AM

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  Course & Test
(Includes Course Materials)
Course Only
(Includes Course Materials)
Test Only
 WRPA Member $605  $495  $199
Non-Member $665 $535   $250

Registration has now closed. Thanks to everyone who registered.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations submitted on or before October 16, 2023, will receive a refund, less $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations after October 16, 2023. You may send a substitute attendee in your place. Cancellations must be submitted in writing. NOTE: If you cancel your attendance you must return the study materials before your refund or you will be charged for the materials ($290 per set of materials).

Registration / Materials Policy: There are 80 spots available for this Course and Exam. Materials will be sent 2-3 weeks prior to the start Course date to all paid registrants or you can opt to receive your materials onsite. If your registration is not paid, you will receive your materials onsite. Registration will close on October 23, 2023.


For a candidate who requires special accommodation; the request must be submitted in writing at the time of course or exam registration. The Special Accommodations Form is available online. Please fill out your request form and email it to [email protected]. In order to properly accommodate all persons with a special request, it is recommended that all requests be made 45 days prior to the scheduled date for the course and exam. If you require any ELS, all ESL Accommodation Request Forms must be submitted to [email protected] at least 2 weeks prior to the examination date.

The option to take the CPSI exam via computer-based testing is available through the NRPA. Computer-based testing candidates requesting special accommodations must call PSI Services at 1-888-519-9901 to schedule their examination. Verification of the disability and a statement of the specific type of assistance needed must be made in writing to PSI Services at least 45 calendar days prior to your desired examination date by completing the computer-based testing Special  Accommodations form and submit to [email protected]PSI Services is equipped with Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TDD) to assist deaf and hearing-impaired candidates. 

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Book Your Hotel Today!

We do not have courtesy blocks at either hotel, however, be sure to inquire about government rates when booking. 

La Quinta inn & Suites by Wyndham Tumwater - Olympia
4600 Capitol Blvd SE,
Tumwater, Washington 98501

(360) 352-5433

Motel 6 Tumwater
400 Lee St SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

(360) 754-7320

Best Western Tumwater-Olympia Inn
5188 Capitol Boulevard SE 
Tumwater, Washington 98501

(360) 956-1235

Course Study Materials:

WRPA will receive the course materials a few weeks prior to the start of the course and will send your course materials to the address that you provided on your registration form or you can opt to receive them onsite. Be sure when registering that you provide a good mailing address. 

Review the CPSI Schedule

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COVID Policies

We want you to know that your safety, and the safety of all attendees, remains our top priority. While the CPSI Courses & Exams will not be canceled, it may become necessary at some point for the format to change (online/virtual). We appreciate your understanding and willingness to be flexible while we work within the limitations set by our obligations and the current pandemic. Thank you again for your support and thank you for your patience during this complex process.

Please take a moment to review WRPA's detailed In-Person Event Policies.

In-Person Event Policies

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