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The Eppley Institute is hosting a playground maintenance training in Helena, MT March 4th & 5th and there is still time to sign up! This is a training focused on personnel who are responsible for maintaining playgrounds. GO TO: 

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Helena, MT – Playground Maintenance Training


Location: 863 Great Northern Blvd, Helena, MT 59601

Dates: March 4-5, 2020

Registration closes February 21.

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Cost: $340
Payments accepted by credit card or invoice.
For invoices, include 1) name of the employee that is registering and 2) remit address for the invoice
Make checks payable to: Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands

Cancellations: Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by 30 days prior to the training in order to receive a full refund. No refunds will be given after 30 days prior to the training.
If the training is cancelled due to low attendance a 100% refund will be issued.

Instructor: Ken Kutska, CPSI

Times: Wednesday 8:00 am-4:00 pm; Thursday 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Local Contact(s): Annette Satterly, Risk Management Associate, MTSBA/MSGIA, 406-457-4410

Questions about the PMT, 812-855-3095

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course. Anyone who performs hands-on playground safety inspections and maintenance, along with those who supervise playground maintenance staff should attend the Playground Maintenance Technician training. Participants with experience ranging from just a few weeks up to 30 years, find the two-day course practical and informative.

The two-day PMT training focuses on practical playground maintenance practices, inspection principles and best practices in making repairs. Course modules explore the maintenance challenges associated with the common materials found in playgrounds, including concrete, metal, wood, plastics, fasteners and various surfacing materials. Through videos and case studies, participants learn about the types of playground inspections, how to repair damaged equipment and associated legal considerations. A virtual playground offers participants the opportunity to apply newly learned skills.

Course Format

Two day, in-person


Day 1
8:00 a.m.  Sign-in and Get Materials
Welcome and introductions
Playground maintenance process
Surfacing on the playground
Around Noon: Lunch to be provided
Playground materials – concrete
Playground materials – wood
Playground materials – plastic/synthetic
Playground materials – metals
Playground materials – fasteners/connectors
4:00 p.m. Wrap up and evaluation

Day 2
8:00 a.m. Begin Day 2 with Questions from Day 1
Identifying Hazard Potential
Inspection process, frequency and procedures
Record keeping and documentation
Removing equipment from service
Around Noon: Lunch to be provided
Virtual playground – swings
Virtual playground – rope climber
Virtual playground – track ride
Virtual playground – sand digging equipment
Virtual playground – spring rocking equipment
Virtual playground – composite
4:00 p.m. Wrap up and evaluation

Parking Information

Parking available on site.

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