Continuing Education for professionals




Are you looking to expand your knowledge about playground design while simultaneously fulfilling your yearly Continuing Education (CE) requirements? Little Tikes Commercial offers educational courses for free, with automated credit reporting. If you are an architect, landscape architect, or other construction professional, you can count on Little Tikes Commercial to help you maintain your accreditation.

Little Tikes Commercial is an approved CE provider through the ASLA–Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). These courses are approved for AIA 1.0 LU | HSW; LA CES 1.0 PDH. Learn more about our courses below!

10 Steps to a Playground for Children on the Autism Spectrum – October 22 at 1:00 pm ET

1 in 54 children in the United States are on the autism spectrum. 3.5 million people in the United States live with an autism spectrum disorder. This workshop will explore the autism spectrum disorder, the implications for families bringing their child to a playground, and 10 strategies to incorporate in playground designs that address those needs.

Instructors: Mara Kaplan, Ian Proud

I LU/HSW from LA/CES and AIA

The Land & Water Conservation Fund – November 19th, at 1:00 pm ET

Passed into law in the summer of 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) is a landmark piece of environmental legislation for the United States. One of its key outcomes is to guarantee full funding and allocation of the 1965 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Historically, the LWCF has been dogged by underfunding, diversion of resources and uncertainty about its long-term future. The GAOA establishes a permanent, minimum-level of funding for the LWCF at $900-million annually. This presentation will discuss the LWCF’s ongoing operation and the scale and scope of its investment in outdoor recreation over the past 55 years.

Instructors: Ian Proud, Jason Rodham

1 LU from LA/CES and AIA

Playground Fundraising and You – December 17 at 1:00 pm ET

You can’t build a playground without money. Organizations that understand the fundraising landscape – and have a strategy for meeting their objectives – are typically more successful. In this session, we will explore how to identify and communicate effectively with potential donors and review the strategies you can employ to execute a winning fundraising campaign. As part of this session, we’ll also discuss the realities of fundraising in a post-Covid world, including the future of online fundraising and in-person events.

Instructors: Jason Rodham, Ian Proud

I LU/HSW from LA/CES and 1 LU from AIA

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Surfacing Secrets

Loose fill vs. Synthetic. Accessibility and Safety. Cost and Maintenance. Every playground requires safety surfacing, yet what to purchase is one of the hardest decisions to make. In reality, there is no perfect surfacing, but in this course we will explore all of the different options and discuss the benefits of each type. The goal of this course is to give you all of the information so that you can educate your customers. Together you will be able to make the best decision for a particular playground’s size, budget, use, and maintenance plan.`

Inclusive Play Clinic

Who needs play? Everyone! This course offers various design concepts that help people of all abilities feel welcome on the playground. Unlimited Play, Little Tikes Commercial’s premier partner, is a non-profit organization focused on transforming communities by building universally accessible playgrounds that provide the freedom of play for ALL children and families.

Cool Playgrounds

Never before have humans spent so much time indoors. One obstacle to being outdoors is sun exposure, healthy in small doses but dangerous in large amounts. This course offers shade creation techniques for designers, landscape architects, urban planners, and park and recreation professionals. We will explore the problem of overheated playgrounds and discuss natural and manufactured solutions.

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