Playground Maintenance Technician Training – Northbrook, IL


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  • Northbrook, IL
    March 7, 2018 - March 8, 2018
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Playground Maintenance Technician Training 

Partner: Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA)

Location: Northbrook Park District
Sports Center
1730 Pfingsten Rd.
Northbrook, IL  60440

Dates: March 7-8, 2018

Cost: $300

Cancellations: Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by 30 days prior to the training in order to receive a full refund. No refunds will be given after 30 days prior to the training.

Instructor: Bill Hooker, CPSI

Times: Wed 8:30am-4:00pm; Thur 8:30am-4:00pm

Local Contact: Bill Hooker,, 630-435-8904

Questions about the PMT training: Sally Pelto-Wheeler, , 812-856-1446

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course. Anyone who performs hands-on playground safety inspections and maintenance, along with those who supervise playground maintenance staff should attend the Playground Maintenance Technician training. Participants with experience ranging from just a few weeks up to 30 years, find the two-day course practical and informative.

The two-day PMT training focuses on practical playground maintenance practices, inspection principles and best practices in making repairs. Course modules explore the maintenance challenges associated with the common materials found in playgrounds, including concrete, metal, wood, plastics, fasteners and various surfacing materials. Through videos and case studies, participants learn about the types of playground inspections, how to repair damaged equipment and associated legal considerations. A virtual playground offers participants the opportunity to apply newly learned skills.

Course Format

Two day, in-person


Day 1
8:30 a.m.  Sign-in and Get Materials
Welcome and introductions
Playground maintenance process
Surfacing on the playground
Around 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch to be provided
Playground materials – concrete
Playground materials – wood
Playground materials – plastic/synthetic
Playground materials – metals
Playground materials – fasteners/connectors
4:00 p.m. Wrap up and evaluation

Day 2
8:30 a.m. Begin Day 2 with Questions from Day 1
Identifying Hazard Potential
Inspection process, frequency and procedures
Record keeping and documentation
Removing equipment from service
Around 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch to be provided
Virtual playground – swings
Virtual playground – rope climber
Virtual playground – track ride
Virtual playground – sand digging equipment
Virtual playground – spring rocking equipment
Virtual playground – composite
4:00 p.m. Wrap up and evaluation


1730 Pfingsten Rd, Northbrook, Illinois, 60440, United States