Certified Playground Safety Inspector Programme

Introduction

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector Programme is a Professional Certification for playground safety inspectors.  It is an intensive 2.5-day programme to provide professional training and assessment to achieve the Certified Playground Inspector accredited with the National Recreation and Park Association, United States of America (http://www.nrpa.org/). 

Course Objectives

This course aims to provide with participants the essential knowledge on playground maintenance, comprehensive and up–to–date training on playground safety as well as certification for playground safety inspectors by the National Recreation and Park Association, United States of America.

Competencies trained and assessed

- Hazard Identification
- Surfacing
- Safety Management - Comprehensive Programme/Audits
- Safety Management - Inspections and Maintenance
- Site Investigation 

Methodology

Lectures, Facilitated Discussions, Applied Exercises, Case Studies

Who should attend

• Landscape Architects, Designers
• Landscape contractors, supervisors and managers
• Park managers
• Safety inspectors
• Facilities management personnel
• Play equipment designers, manufacturers, suppliers and installers

Facilitators and Assessors

Mr. Ken Kutska is an independent consultant in the area of safety specializing in play spaces for children. Ken received his B.S. in Public Park and Recreation Administration from Western Illinois University. He is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and a Certified Playground Safety Inspector with more than 35 years of full-time experience in all aspects of public park operations management.  He chaired his agency’s Safety Committee from 1984 until retiring in 2006.

Ken is an active member of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association and the National Recreation and Park Association.  He has served on the; IPRA Board of Directors, chaired the IPRA Park and Natural Resource Management Section, chaired the NRPA Great Lakes Regional Council, the NRPA National Forum, served on the NRPA Board of Trustees, and was President of the NRPA in 1995.  Ken is cofounder of the NRPA National Playground Safety Institute. The NPSI’s Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam Program has certified more than 30,000 with a current national registry of 8,000. Ken has been a CPSI Course Certified Instructor since 1994.

Mr. Tom Kalousek has been in the Park, Recreation and Conservation field for over 40 years. He has worked for 5 public agencies in Illinois. He is currently the Executive Director of the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, a county wide open space agency with over 10,000 acres of property in Northern Illinois.

He is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, (CPRP), a Certified Playground Safety Inspector and Instructor (CPSI) and Past Chair of the National Playground Safety Institute. He has been an instructor of the CPSI Program and has taught over 150 classes nationally and internationally. He is a member of the National Recreation and Park Association, (NRPA). He is also an active member of the American Society of Testing and Materials, International (ASTM) since 1988. He is also one of only 3 instructors of a newly developed training program for maintaining playground equipment and surfacing, called the "Playground Maintenance Technician" Program, the first of its kind in the United States.

Accreditation

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector course is accredited with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), USA.