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How to Qualify for CPRP

You are eligible to become a CPRP if you:

  • Have received, or are set to receive*, a Bachelor’s degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree or higher from any institution in recreation, park resources, or leisure services, and also have no less than 1 year of full-time** experience in the field.
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in a major other than recreation, park resources, or leisure services, and also have no less than 3 years of full-time** experience in the field.
  • Have an Associate's degree and have 4 years of full-time** experience in the field.
  • Have a high school degree or equivalent, and have 5 years of full-time** experience in the field.

*Students who have not yet graduated from a COAPRT accredited program with a major in recreation, park resources, and leisure services but are in their final semester on campus may be able to qualify for exam status.

**1 year of part-time work experience in the field (20 hours+ per week) = 6 months of full-time work experience in the field.

Proof of work experience is provided through completion of the CPRP Work Experience form.

For questions or further information on certification, please email us at certification@nrpa.org
 



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