The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) recognizes park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service. Charged with providing high quality services and experiences, park and recreation agencies across the United States turn to CAPRA Accreditation as a credible and efficient means of achieving these goals, while providing assurance to the public that the agency meets national standards of best practice. CAPRA accredits departments and agencies that provide park and recreation programs and services. Agency accreditation is available to all entities administering park and recreation systems, including municipalities, townships, counties, special districts and regional authorities, councils of government, schools, and military installations. Read an overview of the CAPRA Accreditation process or discover the many benefits of CAPRA Accreditation.
CAPRA Standards 2014 (5th Edition)
The Commission has reviewed and approved the CAPRA Standards 2014 (5th Edition).The time frame for implementation of the new standards is as follows:
- Non-Military agencies with visits in 2015 who opt to schedule their visit in the January – March timeframe will have the option of using either the 2009 Standards or the 2014 Standards.
- Non-Military agencies with visits in 2015 who opt to schedule their visit in the May – July timeframe will be required to use the 2014 Standards.
- Military agencies with visits in 2015 will be held to the 2010 CAPRA DoD Standards.
The updated Self-Assessment and Visitation Report Templates will be posted in the next few weeks. Training on the new standards will be offered starting this summer through recorded webinars and live chats.
Memos, sent following the Commission's spring and fall meetings, are
distributed to all accredited agencies, applicants, and CAPRA visitors
On February 2, 2011 NRPA launched NRPA Connect, the largest online networking platform for parks and recreation in the U.S. Within NRPA Connect there is an open discussion group for Agency Accreditation. This group is open to anyone interested in accreditation, pursuing accreditation, and for those already accredited and we encourage you to join the group. Use the group as an accreditation tool to:
- Share accreditation documents (plan, policies, procedures, etc…)
- Request examples of plan, policies, procedures
- Share lessons learned from a CAPRA visits
- Network with other agencies going through the process
- Receive updates from the NRPA accreditation staff
Benefits of Accreditation
Find out the benefits of Agency Accreditation by watching the video below.
For direct assistance, please email CAPRA@nrpa.org or phone (703) 858-2195.