The "CPSI Candidate Handbook" establishes a code of professional conduct for inspectors and lists the course's main objectives:
• 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.
The organization has "a long-term goal of training and certifying at least one person from every community in the United States to be a CPSI," according to the NRPA website. "These inspectors will share their knowledge on the public-use playground standard of care with other people involved in playground operations within their agencies and throughout their community."
Test questions come from the following sources:
• The Consumer Product Safety Commission Handbook for Public Playground Safety
• The Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use (ASTM F1487-07)
• Standard Guide for ASTM Standards on Playground Surfacing (ASTM 2333-04)
• Playground Safety Is No Accident, 4th Edition
The first step toward CPSI status is to visit the NRPA's website and fill out the application.