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BCRPA Playground Safety Awareness Course

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The Playground Safety Awareness Course introduces and reviews the skills and knowledge required to detect hazards and non-CSA compliant installations. The course also includes an on-site playground inspection exercise.

Course Summary:

  • Duration: 7.5-8 hours (including breaks)
  • Class size: Minimum 12 people, maximum 20
  • Certificate of participation included


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1. Introduction, Overview and Taking Responsibility

Learning Objectives:

  • Introductions: why are you here?
  • An understanding of playground accident occurrences
  • An understanding of playground inspectors' responsibility and involvement

2. Understanding Hazards, Accidents and Causes

Learning Objectives:

  • Accident Show & Tell: who records accidents?
  • An understanding of accidents, causes and types of injuries
  • Let’s design a dangerous slide
  • Playing it safe: a snapshot of our changing playgrounds
  • Breaking down injury statistics
  • Hazard rating systems

3. The CSA Standard

Learning Objectives:

  • Familiarity with the CSA Standard and the essential elements it contains
  • Head & torso probes, unbounded opening (fish) probe, protrusion gauges, entanglements, finger crush test
  • Other hazards: angular openings, tripping, looping, sharps, suspended elements

4. The Process of Inspection

Learning Objectives:

  • An understanding of routine technique for inspecting playgrounds
  • Ability to:
    • recognize different types of hazards
    • inspect, measure and document the hazards

5. Practical Component: Group Inspection Exercise

An onsite field exercise at a local playground to conduct a practical on-site playground inspection in class.

6. Review of Inspection Exercise, Evaluation and Conclusion

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss playground inspection results
  • Introduction to recommended actions including renovation solutions
  • What’s new in CAN/CSA-Z614

CPSI/CPRA Canadian Certified Playground Inspector Certification program

CPSI/CPRA Canadian Certified Playground Inspector Certification program

A four-day intensive program with a practical and theory component that helps individuals thoroughly understand the Canadian playspace safety standard from CAN/CSA Z614 Children’s Playspaces and Equipment.

View course details on the CPRA site.

Courses are intended to provide essential information to owners/operators, health inspectors, daycare staff, maintenance/public works staff for schools, municipalities, housing complexes and other areas that contain public playspaces, private inspectors, contractors, manufacturers, installers, park staff, and insurance agents. 

For more information on the CPSI/CPRA Playground Inspector Certification program, contact CPSI at 1-877-536-2338 or email