Training | CPSIA

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 CPSIA course is aligned to national units of competencies and registered TAFE Skill sets and endorsed by Parks and Leisure Australia.  The course 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 units of competencies and registered TAFE skill sets, 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.  

PlayRight Training is in Partnership with TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) and South Metropolitan TAFE (SMT)

  • All accredited training and assessment undertaken by students in Western Australia, is in partnership with South Metropolitan TAFE (RTO number 52787).
  • All accredited training and assessment undertaken by students in any other state or territory, is in partnership with TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) (RTO number 52395) who use the services of South Metropolitan TAFE.
   

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 against skill sets which results in issuance of national unit of competencies;
Level 1-3 Comprehensive Level
- AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities
- AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
- AHCPGD505 Conduct comprehensive inspection of park facilities
Level 1-2 Operational Level
- AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities
- AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
Level 1 Routine/Visual Level
- AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities
  • These units of competencies can be credited towards qualifications in the following training packages;
    - Horticulture
    - Parks and Gardens
    - Conservation and Land Management
  • This is 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 twenty one 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?

Individuals responsible for operational inspection of park, recreational facilities and playgrounds. This may include playground owners/operators; asset managers; supervisory, technical and maintenance personnel; risk assessors; safety officers; auditors; equipment manufacturers and installers; landscape architects and designers; property developers; teachers and e  

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 2018 and 2019 Courses. Please contact us for further information and/or download the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia (CPSIA) - Host Opportunity      

PAST and ON-GOING HOST ORGANISATIONS AND TRAININGLOCATIONS (but not limited to):

  
NSW Bega Valley Town Council, Tamworth Regional Council x2, Campbelltown City Council, Mid-Western Regional Council, Murray Shire Council, Armidale Dumaresq Council, Lithgow City Council, Hunter Councils, Orange City Council, Goulburn Mulwaree City Council, Great Lakes Council (Foster), Griffith City Council, Gosford City Council, Murrumbidgee Shire Council, Great Lakes (Tea Gardens), Shoalhaven City Council (x4) Dubbo City Council, Singleton Council, Bellingen S.C, Kogarah Council, Murrumbidgee, Eurobodalla Shire Council, Coffs Harbour City Council, Maitland City Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, also hosted independently at Novotel Sydney, Brighton Beach.
QLD Noosa Council (x3) Bundaberg Shire Council (x 4), Miriam Vale Shire Council, Mareeba Shire Council, Roma Town Council, Ipswich City Council (x3), Brisbane City Council (x2), Maranoa Regional Council, Gympie Regional Council also hosted independently at Brisbane Technology Park.
VIC Knox City Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, Greater Shepparton City Council, Boroondara City Council (x 2), East Gippsland, Shire Council, Gannawarra Shire Council, Yarriambiack Council, Brimbank City Council (x3), City of Greater Bendigo. Frankston City Council, Wyndham City Council also hosted independently at AIM St Kilda and Mantra Tullamarine Hotel, City of Campbelltown, Glenelg Shire Council
SA  The Copper Coast, City of Burnside, Port Augusta City Council, Whyalla City Council, Town of Gawler, District Council of Mount Remarkable, District Council of Barunga West  and at various other locations 
TAS Hobart City Council, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
WA Shire of Esperance, Shire of Wyndham, Shire of East Kimberley, City of Swan, City of Bunbury, Bayswater City Council, City of Melville and predominantly held independently at Bentley Technology Park
NT Alice Springs Town Council (x2), City of Darwin (x2), Palmerston Council (x2), Katherine Town Council

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 295 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 (Standard Registration $2,200 GST inclusive)

This level consists of two units of competencies 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 (Standard Registration $2,750 GST inclusive)

This level consists of three units of competencies 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, e.g. Broken glass?
5.      Are all measures in place to warn of dangerous conditions e.g. 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 to 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) accreditation remain current for up to three years, at which time a reaccreditation must be completed.  National unit/s of competencies/attainment is ongoing.

What are the costs?

Standard Registration

   Accredited Playground Safety Training Registration Costs (non-Host) per registration levels:
  •  Level 1 – Routine Playground Inspector $990 GST incl (1 day) per participant

- AHCPGD206A Conduct visual inspection of park facilities                  (This one day course is limited throughout the year and generally run mostly on request via HOST ONLY min 15 persons)

 
  • Level 1 & 2 – Operational Playground Inspector $2,200 GST incl (3 days) per participant

- AHCPGD206A Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

- AHCPGD305A Conduct operational inspection of park facilities

 
  • Level 1-3 – Comprehensive Playground Inspector $2,750 GST incl (3 days + 6 weeks to complete assignment) per participant

- AHCPGD206A Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

- AHCPGD305A Conduct operational inspection of park facilities

- AHCPGD505A Conduct comprehensive inspection of park facilities

 

Standard Reaccreditation Registration

 
  • Level 1 – Routine Playground Inspector $880 GST incl (1 day) per participant

- AHCPGD206A Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

(This one day course is limited throughout the year and generally run mostly on request via HOST ONLY min 15 persons)

   
  • Level 1 - 2 – Operational Playground Inspector $1,980 GST incl (3 days) per participant

- AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

- AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities

 
  • Level 1-3 – Comprehensive Playground Inspector $2,420.00 GST incl (3 days + 6 weeks to complete assignment) per participant

- AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

- AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities

- AHCPGD505 Conduct comprehensive inspection of park facilities

 

Host Registration

As a host you are entitled to discount on each registrations as follows;  
  • Level 1 – Routine Playground Inspector $880 GST incl (1 day) per participant

-AHCPGD206A Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

                 (This one day course is limited throughout the year and generally run mostly on request via HOST ONLY min 15 persons)  
  • Level 1 - 2 – Operational Playground Inspector $1,870 GST incl (3 days) per participant

- AHCPGD206A Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

- AHCPGD305A Conduct operational inspection of park facilities

 
  • Level 1-3 – Comprehensive Playground Inspector $2,337.50 GST incl (3 days + 6 weeks to complete assignment) per participant

- AHCPGD206A Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

-  AHCPGD305A Conduct operational inspection of park facilities

- AHCPGD505A Conduct comprehensive inspection of park facilities

Host Reaccreditation Registration

after Host discount;
  •  Level 1 – Routine Playground Inspector $770 GST incl (1 day) per participant

- AHCPGD206A Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

                 (This one day course is limited throughout the year and generally run mostly on request via HOST ONLY min 15 persons)    
  • Level 1 - 2 – Operational Playground Inspector $1,683 GST incl (3 days) per participant

- AHCPGD206A Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

- AHCPGD305A Conduct operational inspection of park facilities

 
  • Level 1-3 – Comprehensive Playground Inspector $2,057 GST incl (3 days + 6 weeks to complete assignment) per participant

- AHCPGD206A Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

- AHCPGD305A Conduct operational inspection of park facilities

 

Attendance Only (no discounts offered)

Attendance Certificate $1,760 GST incl attendance first and second day only (no formal qualification)  

Duration

·      Level 1 – Routine Inspector - Two days (one & half day training, half day assessments) – 8.30am to 4.30pm* + 2 weeks is provided to submit Assessment 2 inspections report & images
·       Level 2 -  Operational Inspector - Three days (two days training, one day assessments) – 8.30am to 4.30pm*  + 2 weeks is provided to submit Assessment 2 inspections report & images
·       Level 3 -  Comprehensive Inspector - Three days (two days training, one day assessments) – 8.30am to 4.30pm*  + 2 weeks is provided to submit Assessment 2 inspections report & images and 6 weeks is provided to submit Assessment 3 report.
 

Pre-requisite and entry requirements

 
·       Students are not required to have pre-requisite requirements, however a general command of spoken and written English, as well as the ability to write a simple (Level 1 & 2) to complex report (Level 3) is required.
·       These courses requires the satisfactory completion of oral, practical demonstration and written tasks.
 

Resources and Texts

Participants are provided with;
·       43 page black and white Assessment Study Guide
·       295 page full colour detailed training manual
 

Recommended Resources (Level 2-3);

·       Australian Standards (available to purchase from https://infostore.saiglobal.com/store/default.aspx or can be purchased with registration)
o   AS4685 Parts 1-6 & 11. 2014 Playground Equipment & Surfacing
o   AS4422.2016 Playground Surfacing – Specifications, requirements and test methods
o   AS4685.0:2017 Playground Equipment & Surfacing. Part 0: Development, installation, inspection, maintenance and operation
·       Playground Safety Inspection/testing tools/kit (Level 3 highly recommended)
  The Trainer will provide the following resources;
·       testing tools for students to use during training sessions
·       Checklists to three (3) Conduct on-site/in field inspections – Visual & Operational and Comprehensive (forms will vary according to Level to be assessed to)
On-site Inspections forms & exercises on Swings, Combination Unit, Rocking Equipment For further information on our CPSIA Course aligned to national unit of competencies and/or Re-accreditation please follow link to contact PlayRight Australia and/or register below. IMG_5900   IMG_4108triax_in_action3

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector’s Australia (CPSIA) course is aimed at existing and future playground specialists, supervisors, inspectors and maintenance personnel.

PlayRight’s CPSIA course is aligned to national units of competencies and registered TAFE Skill sets.

PlayRight’s 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 units of competencies and registered TAFE skill sets, 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.

Further Information

Course Dates

Western Australia
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 21-23 May 2019 Bentley Technology Park, WA available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 23-25 Oct 2018 Bentley Technology Park, WA completed
Victoria
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 26-28 Feb 2019 Mantra Tullamarine Hotel or EOI open to host available
Tasmania
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 11-13 Jun 2019 Tasmania Botanical Gardens | EOI invited available
South Australia
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 11-13 Dec 2018 Whyalla - Hosted by Whyalla Council available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 14-16 May 2019 Glenelg Pier Hotel or EOI open to host available
Queensland
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 04-06 Dec 2018 Fraser Coast Regional Council available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 02-04 Oct 2018 Whitsunday Regional Council, Proserpine QLD completed
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 02-04 Apr 2019 Brisbane Technology Park, QLD available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 18-20 Sep 2018 Brisbane Technology Park, QLD completed
Northern Territory
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 20-22 Nov 2018 Darwin | EOI Host available
New South Wales
course date host / location availability
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 26-28 Mar 2019 Novotel Brighton Beach available
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia | CPSIA 27-29 Nov 2018 Kempsey Shire Council, West Kempsey limited
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