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National Program for Playground Safety Inspectors have earned certification by successfully completing a playground inspector course. Inspectors specialize in inspecting for good zoning to allow for safe user behavior, durability of equipment, proper surfacing materials, ADA compliance, developmentally appropriateness, and safe environmental conditions.

NPPS Certified Inspectors are aware of guidelines, standards, and best practices. They are equipped to inspect children’s outdoor environments, playgrounds, and the safety of environmental elements located in children’s outdoor spaces.

Contact one of the NPPS certified inspectors today to inspect the safety and to provide a quality assessment of the outdoor environment at your agency’s playgrounds.

Note: This is not a full list of individuals who have received certification.  Only names and contact information from individuals who have given permission to NPPS are listed. If you can not find an Inspector listed near you, please call the NPPS office for more information. Early Childhood Inspectors can inspect playgrounds for children ages 0-5. School-Age Inspectors can inspect playgrounds for children ages 5-12. 


Veronica West
Clinton, Mississippi
601-260-6669 Early Childhood Inspector


Rita Eichelberger
Beemer, Nebraska
402-380-7064 Early Childhood Inspector

New Jersey

Ross Shaffer
Trenton, New Jersey
215-840-7485 School-Age Inspector

New York

Ross Shaffer
New York City, New York
215-840-7485 School-Age Inspector

North Carolina

Roger Davis
PO Box 867
Shelby, North Carolina 28151
704-447-3848 Early Childhood Inspector
Nadia Kaze
Raleigh, North Carolina
919-332-6942 Early Childhood Inspector
Melba Moore
Clayton, North Carolina
919-633-0791 Early Childhood Inspector


Laurie Gassaway
Hulbert, Oklahoma
918-207-2558 Early Childhood Inspector
Dalton Lewis
Ada, Oklahoma
580-320-6580 Early Childhood Inspector


Darrick Arnold
Milton-Freewater, Oregon
541-861-0923 Early Childhood Inspector

The individuals listed are those that have completed the National Program for Playground Safety’s Outdoor Play Inspector training. This listing is not an endorsement of any particular individual.