Playground inspector training

Playgrounds are starting to open around the States, Queensland playgrounds will be open from 16 May 2020, exercise social distancing, hand washing and hygiene.

There has been a change of delivery for this course to ensure the safety of trainers and participants, while social distancing of 4 square metres per person is advised for any face to face training. Due to restrictions with air travel within Queensland and to other States for non essential travel and where borders are closed, we are following the trend to deliver more and more of our courses using connected learning which means:

Connected Delivery |Remote Delivery

  • Live video streaming/conferencing using Zoom
  • Involves interaction between learner and trainer
  • Active participation of students and trainers/assessors
  • Complete the PDF fillable theory assessment via ZOOM with the trainer either progressively or at the end of the theory training
  • Take a video of you conducting the practical assessment using the PDF Fillable practical assessment audit/playground checklist and
  • Take photos of any non conformances of playground equipment and its surrounds
  • Trainer and assessor will go over the practical assessment you submit using ZOOM the next day, meaning that the course may take longer than the specified times to successfully complete

Enrolment into the course can be done via email. All course fees are to be paid prior to or at the end of training. NOTE: a statement of attainment will not be issued until all course fees are paid.

Playground inspector probe information

Delivery methods and course costs

Class based training – Class based training has been suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak until further restrictions are lifted to make it safe and possible to conduct face to face training, however until that time comes, this course can be done via ‘Zoom’ video conference and can cater for up to 10 persons for each conference.

Staysafe has a private website page which is password protected so that you can access learning resources and assessment tools. Theory and practical assessment is completed with the trainer using PDF fillable forms which can be signed and dated. All assessment tools with photo and video evidence is uploaded to google docs. Links will be sent to you at enrolment to access the private page.

The training timetable is flexible meaning that the theory for AHCPGD206 and AHCPGD305 may be conducted on day one instead of over two days. The practical assessment for both units can be done at the same time on day two. The theory for AHCPGD505 is conducted on day 3 and the practical for AHCPGD505 is conducted on day four.

From Saturday 16 May 2020, pricing for all courses will revert to its pre-COVID-19 status as playgrounds will be open from Saturday 16 May, 2020 in Queensland.

Video conference ‘Zoom’

Upgrade from Operational inspection to Comprehensive audit – $1000.00 – 1 day theory and 1 day practical assessment2 days

AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park and facilities – $700.00 – 4 hours theory, practical can be completed on day 1, though may not be practical and can be completed on day 2

AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park and facilities & AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park and facilities – $1500.00 –  5 hours theory per day, practical can be completed on day 3

AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park and facilities & AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park and facilities & AHCPGD505 Conduct operational inspection of park and facilities – $2500.00 – 20 hours theory, 2.5 days and 12 hours practical – 1.5 days

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.


The timetable for inspector training is flexible and changes can be made to suit the delivery method. Class based training has been suspended for at least 6 months. This course can be achieved through distance learning or video conference over 4 days.

  • Routine inspection  – On average 8 hours
  • Operational inspection – On average 16 hours
  • Comprehensive audit – On average 32 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.

Tools and equipment you will need to provide

The below is an alternative to not having probes. For all inspections/audits, you will need:

  • a 300mm screw driver to determine surfacing depths and rot around timber structures (Stanley 10 x 300mm Standard tip screwdriver – $31.48 – Bunnings Warehouse)
  • 8m measure tape will be sufficient to determine entrapment gaps (Stanley 8m tape measure – $9.98 – Bunnings Warehouse)
  • 1.5m-2m down rod to indicate heights above the ground (Arbee 10 pack x 30cm dowel rod packs – $5.00 – Spotlight)
  • a digital camera, smart phone, android phone for taking videos of the practical and pictures of non conformances
  • an angle finder to find out if the inclination of the chute of a slide is appropriate (Craftright 300mm digital angle finder – Bunnings Warehouse – $29.98)
  • a set of Allen keys to check connections (Craftright 2 piece metric and imperial Hex key set – Bunnings Warehouse – $11.85)
  • a fold up shovel to remove soil, to check wooden poles for rot or clear basic level marks or to investigate loose materials of the surfacing (Trojan folding camping shovel with carry bag – $19.98 – Bunnings Warehouse).

Other items you will need

  • Clipboard
  • Pen
  • PPE such as High viz vest, hat and workboots
  • Water
  • Umbrella if weather is wet
  • Sunblock if weather sunny

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.