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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 or higher 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.

Qualifying Documentation

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

If applying with an Associate's degree or higher: applicants must submit official transcripts in their original sealed envelope. Electronic transcripts will be accepted, but only if they come directly from the school to certification@nrpa.org or have a verifiable signature attached to the PDF. High School diploma's will be accepted as a copy.

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