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Benefits of Certification

In the interest of public safety, IPEMA provides a certification program for public play equipment and surfacing materials. The program validates a participant’s product(s) to one or more of the standards referenced below. TÜV SÜD America serves as the third-party validator for the program.

  • ASTM F1487-11
  • CAN/CSA-Z614-14 (Update No. 1, Sept. 2016)
  • ASTM F1292-13 (Section 4.2)
  • ASTM F2075-15
  • ASTM F3012-14

Learn more about these standards and IPEMA’s certification program.

Find Certified Products

Search for IPEMA certified products and generate certificates of compliance.

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Join IPEMA

Membership is open to equipment and surfacing manufacturers, as well as entities or individuals interested in promoting play and being involved in the industry.

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Get Your Products Certified

Review the requirements
and apply for certification.

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Core Values

IPEMA is committed to the following core values:

Uphold consistency of compliance

Demonstrate professionalism
and integrity

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Promoting Play Education

Voice of Play

IPEMA’s Voice of Play initiative promotes growth in the quality and quantity of children’s free play and the use of playgrounds.

 

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Safety Academy

The IPEMA Safety Academy is an online education program that provides safety knowledge and important information related to the play industry.

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Frost Play Research Collection

IPEMA provides support for the library and resources provided on behalf of advancing the study of play.

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Working to Create Safe Playgrounds

I joined IPEMA to become an active participant and provide -- in any way possible -- my expertise of playground surfacing for the children of the United States and beyond. My goal has always been to help IPEMA become the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” to indicate playground safety and accountability. The IPEMA education and certification programs greatly assist communities to create safe playgrounds for children.

Richard Hawley, Robertson Industries
2017-01-15T14:31:50+00:00
I joined IPEMA to become an active participant and provide — in any way possible — my expertise of playground […]

Value of Certification

Our company was one of the founding members of IPEMA, so we have been involved for many years. The membership is beneficial because of the industry information and resources available. We are also participants in three different certification programs. IPEMA Certification is very valuable to our business, creating credibility for our products and company in the market. Personally, it is a pleasure working with the IPEMA Management staff. They are always quick to respond, thorough and professional!

Scott Liebelt, BCI Burke
2017-01-15T14:35:43+00:00
Our company was one of the founding members of IPEMA, so we have been involved for many years. The membership […]

Positive Changes for the Playground Industry

I’ve been involved with IPEMA as a member for about 10 years and more recently as a Director. My involvement with IPEMA has been critical to the product lines I represent. Active involvement with IPEMA certification programs ensures our product lines are current to relevant standards and not jeopardizing the safety of the children who enjoy them. One thing that I really appreciate about IPEMA is the open dialogue between members that results in positive changes for the playground industry.

Brad Pittam, Kompan
2017-05-11T14:25:00+00:00
I’ve been involved with IPEMA as a member for about 10 years and more recently as a Director. My involvement […]

Providing a Forum for Uniting Play Practitioners

When I first entered this market over 25 years ago, it was about having a good job with a good employer. That changed over the years as I became passionate about the impact that play and the use of playgrounds have on kids’ lives. My employer was a founding member of IPEMA and I have been lucky enough to represent them from the beginning. IPEMA offers great benefits like the certification programs, market sales benchmarking and the educational safety academy series, but its greatest benefit is the forum it provides for uniting play practitioners and promoting the importance of play. The IPEMA member companies may be competitors in the sales arena, but their representatives to the organization share my passion for play and we are united in the effort to have a positive impact on child development through play.

Lloyd Reese, Playpower LT Farmington, Inc.
2017-06-23T14:50:57+00:00
When I first entered this market over 25 years ago, it was about having a good job with a good […]