Playground Maintenance Technician Certificate Program

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Learn the systems, processes, and best practices for inspecting and maintaining playgrounds.




About the Course

The Playground Maintenance Technician (PMT) training program is the most comprehensive, long-standing maintenance and inspection training program in the country. It teaches systems, processes, and best practices in proactive maintenance. The PMT certificate program equips boots-on-the-ground staff with the knowledge, skills, and practices to most effectively prevent incidents and minimize liability.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Engaging Videos
  • Supplemental Documents
  • Assessment Quizzes
  • Final Assessment

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Progression

  • Introduction to PMT
  • Playground Maintenance Process
  • Playground Liability
  • Hazard Prevention
  • Concrete
  • Surfacing, Part 1
  • Surfacing, Part 2
  • Maintaining Metal Play Equipment
  • Fasteners & Connectors
  • Maintaining Wood Equipment
  • Plastic and Rubber Degradation on the Playground
  • The Playground Inspection Process
  • Record-keeping & Documentation
  • Taking Equipment Out of Service

Course Objectives

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Explain why a playground maintenance program is important to an organization and community.
  • List the four cornerstones of the Diamond of Care and describe their roles and importance in the playground maintenance process.
  • Identify different maintenance needs associated with different types of playground equipment materials.
  • Complete and properly document a high- and low-frequency playground inspection.
  • Differentiate when to remove playground equipment from service and explain the steps associated with doing so while protecting the public.
  • Determine specific management strategies for maintaining wild spaces

Recommended Background

Playground professionals responsible for maintenance and inspection of play equipment and structures.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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