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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. 


Paula Schnicker-Johnson
Mount Vernon, Illinois
618-244-2210x111 Early Childhood Inspector


Zachary Hodge
Van Buren, Indiana
765-667-9249 Early Childhood Inspector
Quiana Wilson
Indianapolis, Indiana
(317)749-4321 Early Childhood Inspector


Steve Chyma
Tama, Iowa
641-751-1594 Early Childhood Inspector
Angela Easley
Hiawatha, Iowa
319-538-4458 Early Childhood Inspector


John Catron
Richmond, Kentucky
(606)584-3259 Early Childhood Inspector
Braden Davis
Irvine, Kentucky
859-893-4238 Early Childhood Inspector
Laura Sheffield
Lexington, Kentucky
(859)213-2521 Early Childhood Inspector
Amanda Stapleton-Tuhy
Olive Hill, Kentucky
(606) 225-0057 Early Childhood Inspector
Nigel Vinegar
Lexington, Kentucky
(502)356-7726 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.