Playground inspector and auditor training

AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park and facilities

Carry out routine visual inspections of park and recreational facilities to identify visible hazards and existing and potential risks. It applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context.

AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park and facilities

Inspect park or recreational facilities to identify hazards, existing and potential risks and non-conformities with Australian Standards and workplace health and safety requirements.

AHCPGD505 Conduct comprehensive inspection of park and facilities

Conduct a compliance audit of park or recreational facilities to identify non-conformities with Australian Standards, legislative and work health and safety requirements, as well as manufacturers’ standards


Trainer and assessor

Terry Dugdale is a qualified trainer and assessor and has considerable industry experience in both a supervisor role for the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens and technical officer  at the Sunshine Coast Council.

Role included:

  • Conduct quality and hazard audits on landscape and turf maintenance sites
  • Conduct comprehensive safety audits on contractors operating on council sites
  • Respond to customer requests
  • Issue ‘Notice to Remedy’ on sites that are not complying
  • Issue ‘Safety Infringement Notice’ to contactors that do not comply with Council policies/standards

Course costs

  • 1 day course $900.00
  • 2 day course $2000.00
  • 4 day course $3000.00

Refresher training
1 day refresher course $1000

Upgrade from Operational inspection to Comprehensive audit – $1500.00

Receive a 20% discount on training if you host a course

Course dates

The playground inspection and audit hierarchy

The Inspections process is hierarchical, less complex inspections are conducted more frequently and can be undertaken by ground staff who may also be carrying out maintenance tasks during the same visit. More rigorous and thorough inspections do not typically need to be conducted as frequently and require more expertise. All playground inspections shall be carried out by a competent person.

Routine inspection – 1 day course

AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

visual inspection of playground equipment and park facilities such as toilets, BBQ, seating, surfacing. A visual inspection is intended to identify obvious hazards that can result from wear and tear, vandalism or weather conditions. This inspection shall be carried out regularly and take into consideration the local conditions, frequency of use and the manufacturer’s instructions. Playgrounds subject to heavy use or prone to vandalism, may require daily inspection. Any potentially6 hazardous situations shall be reported immediately and/or rectified.

Operational inspection – 2 day course

AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities

AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities

Quarterly inspection. An operational inspection should be carried out regularly, on a monthly or quarterly basis unless there are compelling reasons to deviate from this inspection frequence.

Comprehensive audit – 4 day course

AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities, AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities, AHCPGD505 Conduct comprehensive inspection of park facilities

Annual and post installation of playground equipment. A comprehensive annual inspection shall be carried out. In addition this inspection is intended to determine conformance with the relevant parts of AS 4685 and to establish the overall level of safety of the equipment, foundations and playground surfaces.

The post installation and comprehensive inspections shall be performed by a person who has training and experience that enables them to perform a full conformity check to AS4685. Impact testing in accordance with AS4422 requires the capability to operate specialised equipment and interpret the results. These inspections do not need to be carried out by the same person or organisation. While we touch on AS4422, there is no unit or course as yet for impact testing.

A comprehensive post-installation inspection is conducted by a competent person prior to the opening of the playground. This inspection shall verify that the playground conforms with the requirements of the relevant parts of the AS4685 series and the impact attenuating surfacing test in AS4422, (this is not included in this course) and shall identify and detail the tasks that need to be carried out to conformance.


  • Routine inspection  – On average 8 hours
  • Operational inspection – On average 16 hours
  • Comprehensive audit – On average 32 Hours
  • Refresher training – 8 hours
  • Upgrade from Operational to Comprehensive – 16 hours


Theory and practical assessment is conducted within the course duration. There is no pre or after course assessment.

Participants who successfully complete the course/s will receive a statement of attainment (SOA). The SOA does not expire and there is no requirement to re-certify in 3 years time.

Host a course

If you have 7 or more staff members who require training in one, two or three units of competency including refresher training, we will come to you. You will need to provide the venue, morning and afternoon teas and trainer needs such as a projector screen.

Courses run on the Sunshine Coast

If you have one or two staff members who need to get qualified. You can send them to the Sunshine Coast for training.

Refresher training

You may require your staff to ensure their knowledge and skills are up to date with industry requirements. Training can be arranged over 1 day and attracts a reduced rate. This training is conducted separately from other training, however upon completing the 1 day course, you will be awarded with a certificate of completion.

Upgrade from Operational to Comprehensive

If your staff already hold the Visual and Operational units. You can upgrade them to Comprehensive at a reduced rate.

Use of appropriate PPE

In courses that require the use of PPE (such as heights, confined spaces or playground inspector) Staysafe Industry Training requires all students to wear appropriate PPE.