If our complimentary site evaluation
turns up no problems with the playground,
is it automatically certified?
No. The site evaluation is a big-picture
look at your playground: safety,
appropriateness, and usage issues. A
certified inspection visit is much more
detailed. It takes several hours and
includes measurements, note-taking and
other gauges. The benefit of taking
advantage of our free evaluation is that
you can anticipate major problems before
paying for a certification visit. The cost
of the certification visit is the same,
whether or not your playground meets the
What does the cost of the certification
visit include? The inspection itself
may take several hours, depending on the
size of and conditions of your playground
and the number of children using it. The
inspector uses a detailed checklist to
note all findings and will discuss any
concerns with you on the spot. After the
visit, our office will type a certified
inspection report. This will document your
site's compliance with all applicable
standards. Any items that do not comply
with these guidelines will be noted with
specific directions describing how you can
bring the item into compliance. Your
certified inspection report will be mailed
to your center in a folder designed to
keep ongoing inspection logs and
maintenance reminders in an easily
accessible format. Ongoing plans for
maintenance are one element of the NAEYC
evolving accreditation criteria.
How often will we need to re-certify our
frequency with which playgrounds should be
inspected by a certified inspector depends
on the number of children and hours of use
the playground gets, as well as any
structural or usage changes. To
ensure that playgrounds continue to meet
safety certification guidelines, we
recommend that programs re-certify their
site every 2-5 years, or whenever any
structural or equipment components are
added to the playscape. In our
Certification report, we include space
for customers who maintain their
playground as certified according to our
enclosed guidelines to sign off each year
that they have made no changes to
equipment or use zones.
What if our playground does not pass
the first time? Is the return visit free?
In most cases, you will not need a
return visit. You will just need to prove
that you have corrected the problem(s) to
meet CPSC standards and attach
documentation of these adjustments to the
Certified Inspection Report.
Do you repair playgrounds on the spot?
We will give you an on-site
estimate for any necessary repairs to be
scheduled at a later date. If the repairs
can be accomplished with materials we have
on hand and the inspector has time in the
schedule, you may be able to have them
done the same day, but we can't promise
I can look up the standards, can't I?
Why do I need you to inspect my site?
Three reasons. First, the NAEYC
accreditation criteria require an
inspection by a Certified Playground
Safety Inspector. Second, the standards
are complicated and can be difficult for
laypeople to understand and apply.
Finally, it's easy to overlook our own
shortcomings. A fresh pair of trained,
experienced eyes can help you see your
in a new light.
How can I make sure my home outdoor
play equipment is safe? Click
for a printable CPSC brochure with basic
suggestions for backyard play areas.
The CPSC also has more detailed
suggestions for planning a home playground