FAQ

More than 200,001 children require hospital care due to playground-related injuries every year, and 40 percent of those injuries can be attributed to a lack of – or poor – maintenance practices. Maintaining safe playgrounds requires more than just removing litter and painting equipment. The Playground Maintenance course offers a systematic approach and provides technical information about how to maintain common materials found in playgrounds including play equipment and safety surfacing materials.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PLAYGROUND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM AND OTHER NATIONAL PLAYGROUND SAFETY CLASSES?

The Playground Maintenance Program focuses on practical playground maintenance practices, inspection principles and best practices in making repairs. This program does not focus on play theory or memorizing standards. 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, you learn about the types of playground inspections, how to repair damaged equipment and associated legal considerations. A virtual playground offers you the opportunity to apply your newly learned skills.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS CLASS?

Anyone who performs hands-on playground safety inspections and maintenance, along with those who supervise playground maintenance staff, should attend the Playground Maintenance Program. Participants, with experience ranging from just a few weeks up to 30 years, find the two-day course practical and informative.

DO I HAVE TO RECERTIFY WITH THIS PROGRAM?

No. This is a certificate-of-completion program. There is no recertification requirement. Additional resources and ways to address new playground-maintenance issues will be available on this website soon.

HOW LONG IS THE PLAYGROUND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM?

The program lasts approximately two days and does not require any class or test preparation.

(see below for a sample training schedule)

Day 1

8 – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 – 9 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9 – 9:30 a.m. Liability
9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Playground Maintenance Process
9:50 – 10 a.m. Break
10 – 10:20 a.m. Hazard Prevention
10:20 – 11:30 a.m. Safety Surfacing on the Playground
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15 – 12:35 p.m. Playground Materials – Concrete
12:35 – 1 p.m. Playground Materials – Wood
1 – 1:30 p.m. Playground Materials – Plastic/synthetic
1:30 to 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Playground Materials – Metals
2:30 – 3 p.m. Playground Materials – Fasteners/connectors
3 – 3:15 p.m. Wrap up and evaluation, Day 1

Day 2

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Inspection Process, Frequency and Procedures
9:45 – 10 a.m. Break
10 – 10:45 a.m. Record keeping and Documentation
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Removing Equipment from Service
12 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
1 – 1:30 p.m. Virtual Playground – Swings
1:30 – 2 p.m. Virtual Playground – Track Ride
2 – 2:30 p.m. Virtual Playground – Sand-digging Equipment
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Virtual Playground – Spring Rocking Equipment
2:45 – 3 p.m. Virtual Playground – Composite
3 – 3:15 p.m. Wrap up and evaluation