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Credentialing/Education/Volunteer Opportunities

Help NRPA develop curriculum, or set minimum requirements so that others have the same opportunities and meet a set of standards that better themselves as well as the park and recreation field as a whole. Learn more about the NRPA volunteer opportunities below.

Help Recognize Institutions and Agencies Bettering the Field

Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT): The national body that accredits Baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, and related professions.
Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA): The national body that accredits park and recreation agencies.

Become a Visitor! Visitors serve a critical role in the accreditation process by visiting academic programs and agencies to evaluate compliance with the standards from an on-the-ground perspective. Visitors serve as the "eyes and ears" of the Commission.
Become a COAPRT Visitor!
Become a CAPRA Visitor!

Make a Difference with Certification

National Certification Board: The national oversight body for the administration and supervision of a national certification program for recreation, park resources, leisure services, and other related park and recreation personnel.
Certification Advocates: Coordinate with NRPA staff for scheduling and planning speaking opportunities with conferences, universities, and agencies to communicate the benefits of being certified.

Aquatic Facility Operator Committees:

Aquatic Facility Operator Certification Committee: Act as the oversight body for the implementation of the Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) certification program and future certification related to aquatics.
Aquatic Facility Operator Curriculum Committee: Create and maintain the curriculum for the Aquatic Facility Operator training course based on the Aquatic Facility Operator manual.
Aquatic Facility Operator Examination Committee: Develop AFO examination questions, monitor and evaluate test results, modify and improve test questions, assist in updating criteria and conducting the job analysis used as the basis for the exam.

Certified Park and Recreation Professional Committees:

Certified Park and Recreation Professional Certification Committee: Provide guidance to the NCB related to the CPRP certification program and practices to develop consistent standards for the CPRP certification program based on the national standards.
Certified Park and Recreation Professional Examination Committee: Develop examination questions, monitor and evaluate test results, modify and improve test questions, assist in updating criteria and conducting the job analysis used as the basis for the exam.

Not Certified? For more information on these programs and more, please visit the Professional Development portion of our website.

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Committees:

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Certification Committee: act as the oversight body for implementation of the Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification program and future certification programs related to playground safety.
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Curriculum Committee: Create and maintain the curriculum for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector training course based on the ASTM Standard F1487 and CPSC Handbook publication #325.
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination Committee: develop examination questions, monitor and evaluate test results, modify and improve test questions, assist in updating criteria and conducting the job analysis used as the basis for the exam.
Click Here! For contact information and to apply for one of the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Committees


Want more information?
Submit your requests using the contact information below and one of our NRPA Representatives will contact you.
Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT) [email protected]
Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) [email protected]
Certification Opportunities (CPRP, CPRE, AFO, CPSI) [email protected]

 

 




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