Level 1 Routine Visual
CPSIA Training & Certification Course
This training course incorporates Routine Visual inspection of playgrounds. This course will allow you to develop with greater competence and enable you with the knowledge and skills required to conduct routine visual inspection of playgrounds and identify obvious hazards that could result from wear and tear, vandalism or weather conditions. You can be confident that you have been provided with the skills, knowledge, and ability to carry out your duties in the best possible manner with this training.
This training course incorporates Routine Visual inspection of playgrounds. This course will allow you to develop with greater competence and enable you with the knowledge and skills required to conduct routine visual inspection of playgrounds and identify visible hazards that could result from wear and tear, vandalism or weather conditions and existing/potential risks. You can be confident that you have been provided with the skills, knowledge, and ability to carry out your duties in the best possible manner with this training.
No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this training course at the time of publication.
In-house private training is available for this course. Please click here to learn more about hosting, discounts, and minimum requirements.
To register for our training you must:
- Be a resident of Australia
- Have sufficient literacy and numeracy skills: can follow training and assessment instructions and legal requirements
- Have reasonable physical agility: able to climb on, and thoroughly inspect play equipment, anchorage points and fit attachments
- Have sufficient vision: able to observe signs, wear and tear and a typical fitting situation
- Have sufficient aptitude to be able to utilise hand tools and make adjustments
- Be able to use basic computer programs such as MS word, excel and PDF
Training and assessments delivered by Playground Safety Inspectors Australia is not delivered on behalf of an RTO. If you have previously obtained the applicable inspection of park facilities units of competency from our previous company PlayRight Australia or other, you are not required to renew these units as they are ongoing (unless there are changes made to the units).
Who should attend?
This course is great for playground operators, supervisory, technical and maintenance personnel, risk assessor, design and safety officers, independent auditors, equipment manufacturers, landscape architects and designers, property developers, equipment installers, managers and owners of playground in public and private parks, schools, and early childhood and other recreation and leisure facilities. The delivery of this course is split into theory component, practical skills sessions and assessment at a training venue and identified park playgrounds nearby.
Course duration and delivery
Face to face training component is 1 day, usually, run on a Monday* (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM*), and is separate to our joined comprehensive and operational playground inspector course. One assessment is completed on the day of training and the other assessment is supplied and to be completed and submitted within 3 weeks of training completion.
The delivery of the course is split into theory, practical skills sessions and assessment at both the training venue and identified park facilities nearby.
Training will consist of a slide show presentation from the trainer with a detailed overview and guide of several key areas in the playground standards and best practices relating to the design, layout, management, risk control, inspections, and installation of playgrounds.
After your assessment completion you are to attend three playgrounds, two nominated by the trainer and one self-selected to conduct inspections for your take-home assessment.
After your condensed theory training, will be your assessment exam at the training venue.
Day 1 consists of a slide-show presentation from the trainer providing a detailed overview and guide of several key areas in the playground equipment and surfacing standards and best practices relating to the design, layout, management, risk control, inspections and installations of playgrounds. Prior to training commencement, you will receive a training package which will include our two-sided and fully coloured manual developed by our trainer with continuous review since 2000. This resource covers all lecture content presented by the trainer and topics such as (but not limited to) playground history and introduction, injury and statistics, surfacing, guide to Standards, risk management, manufacturer instructions, operator instructions, playground safety audit, signage, shade/sun protection, outdoor fitness/gym/exercise equipment, hazard identification, and information required to complete your assessments and future playground operations. This resource is included for all registered training participants.
The training session also includes an on-site practical at a playground in close proximity to the training venue accompanied by the trainer where you will conduct a detailed routine visual inspection.
We now also provide a webpage for optional student review and specifically for our online attendees who are unable to attend our face-to-face training practical session.
Training duration and schedule
Training Day 1
8:30am – 8:45am Registration tea and coffee
8:45am – 10:30am Training session 1
10:30am – 10:45am Break*
10:45am – 12:00am Training session 2
12:00pm – 12:40pm Lunch*
12:40pm – 3:00pm Training session 3
3:00pm – 3:15pm Break*
3:15 – 4:30pm Training session 4
Note the following is only a small description of the assessment details. Full instructions will be provided in the assessment coversheets. You will be assessed on the basis of:
Assessment 1 - open book exam
Provided as a hard copy on day 3 of training, you are to independently complete a written open book assessment consisting of multiple choice and short answers covering Routine Visual inspector level within ~2 hours at the venue. You are permitted to consult references (e.g. manual, current Australian Standards for playground equipment and surfacing) to answer questions. This assessment calls for organisation, analysis and judgement during completion rather than memorisation. In this assessment you are expected to obtain a score of 100% to demonstrate competency – if any questions are incorrect, the trainer will indicate for your review and reattempt. Assessment 1 results will be provided prior to your departure from the training venue on day 3.
Assessment 2 - independent inspections and reports on 3 playgrounds at routine visual level
Provided to you as a hardcopy in your training package and electronically after training completion, you are to independently complete set tasks such as asset registers, inspection checklists and risk ratings in your inspections and associated reporting for three playgrounds within 3 weeks of training completion.
- Playground 1 – routine visual inspection with a provided checklist on a playground nominated by the trainer in close proximity to the training venue
- Playground 2 – routine visual inspection with a provided checklist on a playground nominated by the trainer in close proximity to the training venue
- Playground 3 – routine visual inspection with a provided checklist on a playground nominated by the trainer in close proximity to the training venue.
Course completion outcomes
We are confident that after successful completion of our training and assessments you will develop with greater competence and can be confident you have been provided with the knowledge and ability to carry out your duties in the best possible manner. In addition, when you successfully complete all training and assessments you will be deemed competent to the applicable CPSIA levels with Playground Safety Inspectors Australia.
The one day of training and two 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 AS 4685.0:2017, AS 4685 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
Upon successful completion you will be issued our Certified Playground Safety Inspector Australia certificate demonstrating competency to the applicable CPSIA levels with Playground Safety Inspector Australia. This certification demonstrates your dedication to your profession and provides verification that you are deemed competent and trained to effectively use the tools and skills required in the industry. There is no occupational licensing, legislative or requirement for you to have certification with Playground Safety Inspectors Australia… it can be considered good practice, a nation-wide joint effort and accepted as an industry-standard benchmark and demonstrates your competency to our CPSIA Levels.
Your inspector registration number, full name and associated organisation or company (if applicable) will be placed on Playground Safety Inspectors Australia register. Your inclusion on this register and issue of our CPSIA certification requires you to abide by the PSIA Code of Ethics and be personally responsible for the quality of your work.
To support the industry-standard benchmark and yourself up to date with superseded or new Australian Standards released as we have in the past 20 years of our business recommend you return to refresh your training and certification with Playground Safety Inspectors Australia. If you are a returning student or new client to PSIA, upon registration if you provide proof of previous training with us or any other training company or organisation (e.g. certification, inspector register no., units of competency or equivalent) at registration to enroll as recertification and receive our discount.
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You will be invited to join our private forum after training completion with our trainer and past students to start open discussions and ask questions about current industry issues, practices and possible parks and playgrounds situations and discussion about how to best manage them.
If you complete a course on behalf of a registered company or sole-trader, you have the opportunity to upload a listing on our trusted directory and share your products and/or services to our newsletter and webpage visitors.
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This training course incorporates conduct routine visual inspection of playgrounds. This course has been designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to carry out routine visual inspections of park and recreational facilities to identify visible hazards and existing/potential risks.
Routine visual inspectors are intended to identify obvious hazards that can result from wear and tear, vandalism or weather conditions. This inspection is carried out regularly and some playgrounds that are subject to heavy use or prone to vandalism may require daily inspections. Learn more about level 1 routine visual inspectors.
All training and assessment delivered is currently not delivered on behalf of an RTO.
RECOMMENDED RESOURCES (OPTIONAL)
- Australian playground safety inspectors checklists, read more