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.
2014 Standards Review
A committee of experienced CAPRA Commissioners has been diligently working over the past year to thoroughly review the existing CAPRA 2009 Standards and to make modification and improvements where appropriate. The Commission started this endeavor due to the guidelines that indicate CAPRA standards are to be reviewed and updated every five years. The last update was completed in 2009 with total implementation in 2010. This current update will be completed in 2014 (anticipated to be released in April), with the start of implementation in 2015.
The CAPRA Commission values your input. We recently collected public feedback through an online survey which helped guide the Commission on further revisions and will help to direct them in the formation of a focus group chat. During the chat held on 02/20/14, we devoted time to eliciting additional feedback. The Commission will be incorporating the feedback from the live chat into the final version of the standards, to be presented to the full Commission for approval at their March 31st meeting.
You can view the transcript of the live chat here: http://www.nrpa.org/CAPRA-standards-input-session-chat/
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.