Participants engaged in classroom learning and group exercises during the two-day training. Photo by Tom Kalousek. The first Clemson University Playground Maintenance Certificate of Completion Program was held on November 5th and 6th in Beaverton, Oregon. This marked the successful launch of a new opportunity for Clemson to meet its public service mission while also promoting safe and active play.
The program educated 39 participants on a variety of maintenance issues affecting playgrounds and the surrounding play environment. Individuals reported learning practical information that would improve their ability to keep kids safe. In particular, they identified learning the process and suggested frequency of inspections and how to identify and overcome common maintenance issues such as rust and rot. As one attendee remarked, “this is the most in-depth maintenance course I have ever attended… Good hands-on information that I can take back and use immediately in my day to day playground maintenance chores.” Overall, they achieved greater insight into the importance of their work and reported with satisfaction that the program material will help them to perform at a higher standard.
The Playground Maintenance Diamond of Care is also introduced during the program The Playground Maintenance Certificate of Completion Program is an affordable, entry-level program for frontline maintenance professionals. Taught by professional instructors with years of experience in playground safety, the program provides the knowledge required to perform regular inspections, to take corrective action repairing damaged equipment, and to document all work. The two-day program utilizes Maintaining Child’s Play – A Comprehensive Guide for Maintaining Safe Playgrounds, written specifically for the program, as well as supplemental handouts. At Clemson, the program is coordinated through the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management in conjunction with the US Play Coalition.
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