Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) Certification

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CPRE Certification

The Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative and executive parks and recreation professionals. This mastery-level credential focuses on the practical knowledge and current real-world skills necessary in today’s changing park and recreation environment.


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Insights, Tips and Suggestions

As a parks and recreation professional with 35 years in the field, I felt a sense of responsibility to continue learning and challenge myself with the Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) exam. The study guide resource that was recommended, Management of Park and Recreation Agencies, is incredibly insightful. The book is a road map because it has the framework of how to successfully operate parks and recreation as a business. It also focuses on being professionally committed to our vocation and dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for others.

-- Daniel J. Stencil

I find certification tests to be a way to gauge my strengths and weaknesses, while affirming my ability to perform my job effectively. To study for this it is important to review policy manuals and current research on the field, steps that will help you to perform your job more effectively and ensure that you are prepared for the test.

-- Patty DeForrest

The bar has been raised in the recreation and parks profession with the opportunity to obtain CPRE certification. Earning the CPRE credential puts me in a special league, recognizing and identifying me as a leader in the recreation and parks profession. I took the exam because I want my board and staff to know they are working with one of the most skilled and knowledgeable individuals in the field. Certification also shows them that I value continuing education. It’s important to me to never stop learning.

-- Sue Landes

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CPRE in The News

Naperville Park's Gary Foiles 12th in state to receive CPRE certification
February 3, 2014
Summary: Gary Foiles, Naperville Park District Program Manager, passed the NRPA’s Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) exam recently, becoming the 12th individual in Illinois to receive the certification.

Test Your Park & Recreation Knowledge

The following question is a sample Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) exam question.

Q. When an individual wishes to donate securities, stocks and bonds to an agency, they are donating

A. assets
B. commodities
C. current income
D. personal property

A. (A) assets

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