Training

PlayRight Australia provides TAFE Accredited training in playground safety, standards and maintenance.

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector's Australia (CPSIA) course is aimed at existing and future playground specialists, supervisors, inspectors and maintenance personnel. PlayRight's Nationally TAFE Accredited and Parks & Leisure Australia endorsed Playground Inspection Courses will give you the most comprehensive training in playground safety, inspection and compliance.

All individuals can gain the knowledge and specific competencies necessary to design, inspect, install, maintain, operate and manage play environments with our nationally accredited courses, which are based on the Australian Standards and Guidelines Knowledge and skills acquired through these courses are accomplished through independent studies, individual field assessments, assignments and open book test, which are designed to develop the experience level necessary to become a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (Routine/Visual, Operational and/or Comprehensive Inspector) in accordance with the requirements of Standards Australia. AS4685.0:2017 clause 5.1. Competent person.  A person who has acquired through training qualifications or experience or a combination of these, the knowledge and skills enabling that person to perform a specified task.

Why is this course important to attend?

  “A playground injury that leaves a child permanently disabled is not acceptable. Playground operators, designers, manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, consultants and those involved in the maintenance and certification of play equipment must take every possible care to identify and eliminate unacceptable playground risks and reduce hazards.” foreword of AS4685.1 . About the Course
  • The course is accredited with nationally recognised TAFE Academic Credits and endorsed by Parks & Leisure Australia.
  • They are the most comprehensive and highest achievable level of training on playground Standards, design, hazard identification, risk management and assessment methods offered and recognised in Australia.
  • Pre-reading and fifteen hours of training from a nationally recognised playground safety expert and trainer, Lynnel Migas, Director, PlayRight Australia will prepare you for the assessment.
  • These courses are intended to provide training for individuals interested in becoming competent in playground operation, design, selection, installation, inspection, maintenance, record keeping and the management of play environments— giving confidence to examine, design, select and maintain play environments to comply with Standards.
  • The aims and objectives of the training program are to increase the number of Certified playground safety inspectors, protect the user, minimise risk of injury, ensure compliance and maintenance identification and corrections, including development of comprehensive management programs, and document and forward planning to comply with current standards.

Who should attend?

 
  • Playground Operators, Supervisory
  • Technical and Maintenance Personnel
  • Risk Assessors
  • Design and Safety Officers
  • Managers, Landscape Architects and developers
  • Playground and Softfall Manufacturers, Installers, Auditors, and Contract Managers
  • Owners of Playgrounds in Public and Private Parks, Schools, Child Care and other recreation and leisure Facilities.

Potential Causes of Public Playground Injuries

  While it is recognised that children will experience minor injuries as they grow and learn - in playgrounds and elsewhere - the condition or state of repair, including the height of the apparatus and the nature and depth of the playing surface, are major risk factors. Standards exist in relation to general playground safety requirements, installation, inspection, surfacing, maintenance and operation; as well as standards for specific apparatus. However, unless all aspects are addressed simultaneously, the risk of preventable injury remains.

Host a Course Within Your Organisation

  If you wish to host a course within your organisation and/or on your own premises we are more than happy to assist you with all course requirements. Please note: generally a minimum number of ten (10) participants is required for onsite training. This may vary depending on location. PlayRight will advertise the course to surrounding authorities and organisations. Hosts receive a 15% discount on registrations. The Application for Expression of Interest (EOI) to Host organisations is OPEN for 2017 and 2018 Courses. Please contact us for further information and/or download the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia  (CPSIA)  - Host Opportunity

Course Outline

  The three-day course (2-day training and third day assessments) will equip participants with the following areas of knowledge and skills:
  • Playground terminology, history and development
  • Playground injuries and issues relating to litigation
  • Working knowledge of the Australian Playground Standards AS4685.0:2017, AS4685 Parts 1-6 & 11:2014, 4422:2016 Playground Surfacing, including amendments and comparison of superseded standards.
  • Development of checklists, guidelines, reporting, procedures and records
  • Recognition of hazards – specific and general, with examples
  • Interpreting manufacturer’s instructions and compliance to Standards
  • Interpreting owner’s and maintainer’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge of issues relating to litigation
  • Implementing systems and steps to improved maintenance and inspection
  • Recognition of non-conformity and entrapment testing requirements
  • Risk and asset management plans and inventory reports/systems
The inspection and testing procedures will be demonstrated in the training sessions and on-site with opportunity for questions and answers relating to any parts of the standards, inspection and assessment. The course consists of comprehensive training sessions and assessments.  All participants are provided with training pack; pre-learning 220 full colour training manual, glossary of hazards and non-conformities, site inspection checklist and examples of practical assessments of playgrounds examining maintenance and compliance issues.

What are the different Playground Inspector Levels?

 

Level 1 - 2 Playground Operational Inspector $2,200 GST inclusive

This level consists of two TAFE modules and two levels of inspections and assessment to;

  • AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities
  • AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities

AS4685.0:2017 Playground Routine visual inspection

A visual inspection is intended to identify obvious hazards that can result from wear and tear, vandalism or weather conditions.  This inspection is carried out regularly.  Playgrounds subject to heavy use or prone to vandalism, may require daily inspections.

Routine Visual Inspections include identifying and reporting on (but not limited too) :

a) Debris in the playground that may be hazardous, such as broken glass, needles or animal fouling.

b) Loose-fill surfacing levels that are at inadequate levels.

c) Damage to unitary surfacing

d) Equipment that is broken or missing as a result of use or vandalism

e) Graffiti

f) Loose-fill surfacing levels that are at inadequate levels.

g) The condition of ancillary items, such as barbecues, tables, rubbish bins, etc

h) Dead or damaged overhanging branches that may potentially fall onto the playground.

 AS4685.0:2017 Playground Operational inspection

An operational inspection shall be carried out regularly, on a monthly or quarterly basis unless there are compelling reasons to deviate from this inspection frequency.

 Operational inspections include identifying and reporting on (but not limited too) ;

a)    All issues listed in Routine.

b)     Excessive wear of moving parts (including chain links).

c)     Bolts and fasteners are secure.

d)     Any protrusions and sharp edges.

e)     The structural adequacy and/or stability of all playground equipment including ancillary items.

f)       Excessive corrosion, particularly within structural members.

g)     Ropes and cables for fraying.

h)     The maximum speed of the traveller for cableways.

i)       The ground clearance of the loaded cableway.

j)       Impact and attenuating edges of swing seats, pommels and other moving equipment that can impact users.

k)     Clearances beneath carousels and ensure that the underside is clear of protrusions and sharp edges.

l)       Foundations for exposed concrete, rot and corrosion.

m)    Gate closer and locking mechanisms are operational and that gates have no finger entrapments, i.e. gate gaps are greater than 12 mm.

n)     Trees for potential hazards.

Level 1 - 3 Playground Comprehensive Inspector $2,750 GST inclusive

This level consists of three TAFE modules and three levels of inspections and assessment to;
  • AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities
  • AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
  • AHCPGD505 Conduct comprehensive inspection of park facilities

AS4685.0:2017 Playground Comprehensive inspection

A comprehensive annual inspection is required to be carried out on every playgrounds. In addition to checking all items listed in Routine Visual Inspection and Operational Inspection, this inspection is intended to determine conformance with the relevant parts of AS4685 and to establish the overall level of safety of the equipment, foundations and playground surfaces.

(a) Surfacing

  1. Is the loose-fill depth adequate?
  2. Is the surface in good condition?
  3. Is the surface free of any trip hazards?
  4. Is the surface free of objects that may be hazardous, eg. broken glass?
  5. Are all measures in place to warn of dangerous conditions eg Warn users of potential burn if the surface is likely to reach extreme temperatures when exposed to direct
  6. Does the surface meet or exceed the impact-attenuating surface requirements of AS4422? 

(b) Equipment (general)

  1. Are all footings adequately covered
  2. Are the foundations stable and free of movement?
  3. Is the equipment free of protrusions or sharp edges?
  4. Are all components present and secure?
  5. Is the equipment in good repair, i.e. free from excessive rust, cracked welds, splintering timber, etc.?
  6. Is the equipment free of situations that may result in foreseeable misuse?     

(c) Protection against falling

  1. Is the impact area adequate for the height of the fall?
  2. Is the falling space free of obstacles that could cause injury?
  3. Is the free space adequate for forced movement items?
  4. Are barriers, guardrails and handrails appropriate and at correct heights?

(d) Protection against entrapment

  1. Is the equipment free of head and neck entrapments?
  2. Is the equipment free of finger entrapments?
  3. Is the equipment free of clothing entrapments?
  4. Is the equipment free of whole body entrapments?
  5. Is the equipment free of foot or leg entrapments?

(e) Moving parts

  1. Is the equipment free of crush or shear points?
  2. Are chains and connectors free of excessive wear, eg. 40% worn?
  3. Are moving and 'sealed for life' parts moving freely? Are gaps between moving parts greater than 12mm?  Is the impact- attenuating leading-edge of all moving equipment adequate to cushion potential collisions with children?

 

AS4685.0:2017 Comprehensive Post-Installation Inspection

A comprehensive post-installation inspection is conducted prior to opening the playground.  This inspection is to verify that the playground conforms with the requirement of the relevant parts of the AS4685 series and the impact-attenuating surfacing test in As4422, and shall identify and detail the tasks that need to be carried out.

The report would also include results of any risk assessments and/or risk benefit assessments that have been carried out where non-conformance have been identified.

  Participants may also only select to attend the 2-days Training Sessions only (Attendance Certificate)     The Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia (CPSIA) qualifications remain current for up to three years, at which time a reaccreditation must be completed.  TAFE qualifications/ attainment is ongoing.   For further information on our TAFE Accredited  - Certified Playground Safety Inspectors Australia Course and/or Re-accreditation  and Registration please contact us .

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector’s Australia (CPSIA)  course is aimed at current and future playground specialists, supervisors, inspectors and maintenance personnel. PlayRight’s Nationally TAFE Accredited and Parks & Leisure Australia endorsed Playground Inspection Courses will give you the most comprehensive training in playground safety, inspection and compliance. All individuals can gain the knowledge and specific competencies necessary to design, inspect, install, maintain, operate and manage play environments with our nationally accredited courses, which are based on the Australian Standards and Guidelines

Further Information

Course Dates

Western Australia
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia 23-25 Oct 2018 Bentley Technology Park, WA available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 22-24 May 2018 Bentley Technology Park, WA available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 08-10 Nov 2017 Bentley Technology Park, WA available
Victoria
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia 20-22 Feb 2018 Mantra Tullamarine or *EOI Host Opportunity available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 24-26 Jul 2018 Mantra Tullamarine or *EOI Host Opportunity available
Tasmania
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 19-21 Jun 2018 Tasmania Botanical Gardens | EOI invited available
South Australia
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia 16-18 Oct 2018 Glenelg Pier Hotel or EOI open to host available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia 15-17 May 2018 Glenelg Pier Hotel or EOI open to host available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 14-16 Nov 2017 District Council of Burunga West, Port Broughton available
Queensland
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia 05-07 Jun 2018 North Queensland, Cairns available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia 21-23 Nov 2017 Brisbane Technology Park, QLD available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia 24-27 Oct 2017 Gympie Regional Council full
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 18-20 Sep 2018 Brisbane Technology Park, QLD available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 10-12 Apr 2018 Brisbane City Council, QLD available
Northern Territory
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia 20-22 Nov 2018 Darwin | EOI Host available
New South Wales
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia 20-22 Mar 2018 Novotel Brighton Beach or EOI open to host available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 21-23 Aug 2018 Hurstville Training Rooms, Hurstville limited
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 17-19 Oct 2017 Hurstville Training Rooms, Hurstville limited
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