Kids at Playground

March 17, 2021

The Missouri Park & Recreation Association, in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association, offers the industry-leading certification program in playground safety, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification program. The CPSI certification program provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements, and risk management methods.

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You will receive your course books approximately three (3) weeks prior to your virtual instruction. It is extremely important that you read the course materials prior to attending the virtual instruction. Failure to study the materials before the course commonly leads to failure of the exam.


You will be given access to twelve (12) hours of CPSI Interactive Online Learning Course for 180 days. All course content, including the books, should be viewed at least twenty-four (24) hours before the virtual instruction. When registering you will select a date for a four-hour virtual training with a CPSI instructor, allowing for Q&A on your selected date.



One week before the 4-hour virtual training, you will receive a confirmation email to schedule their examination when processed by NRPA. You will need to schedule your own examination at a professional testing site within 90 days from when you are sent the confirmation email.


You will receive a notification with your exam results 6-8 weeks after the exam directly from NRPA. If you pass the exam you will be certified as a CPSI Inspector for a period of three years. At the end of your certification cycle, you can elect to attend the course again (recommended) or elect to take the exam only. Due to changes in regulations and content, it is highly recommended your repeat the course work prior to renewing your certification.


• A desktop or laptop computer with a screen size of at least 15” (this will allow you to
easily read the screen, and comfortably work for several hours at a time)
• High-speed internet connection (wired or wireless)
• Speaker(s) and a microphone or telephone/smartphone
• Direct access to an email account

Contact Sarah Veile at the Missouri Park & Recreation Association at or by calling 573-636-3828.




Administrators  *  Supervisory Personnel  *  Public Works Department  *  Planning Department  *  Grounds Maintenance Staff  *  Engineers & Architects  *  Playground Equipment Sales Reps  *  

Operators of Playgrounds in: Parks, Schools, Summer Camps, Day Camps, Day Care Centers, Etc. Agencies such as: YMCA, YWCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, Park & Recreation Departments, Etc.

Early Registration Deadline: February 19, 2021

Late Fee: $50.00 after the deadline

MPRA Members

are eligible for 

certification reimbursement. Click here to apply by February 1, 2021

Online registration has closed but we will have seats available in the class! Call theMPRA Office at (573) 636-3828 to sign up!



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