The CPRP Exam

Certification Examination Details

The national CPRP examination is designed to assess the core knowledge of job-related tasks common to entry-level professionals in the field of parks and recreation. The test is based on the results of a job analysis, and the content outline is a reflection of the role of hundreds of recreation and park professionals. Each year’s examination exactly matches the content outline, and all test questions have been unanimously approved by a committee of subject matter experts.

Location of Exams

Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP) offers approximately 200 professional testing sites in the United States, as well as testing internationally.  The exam is administered via computerized test designated AMP testing centers. For a list of testing centers nearest you, go to AMP Testing Centers or call 1-888-519-9901.

Exam Date

Individuals will receive a confirmation email with scheduling information after submitting a completed application to NRPA.  Candidates schedule their own date with the testing company, but they must be scheduled one year from the date the initial application is processed. Testing site availability includes Monday-Friday (some Saturdays), year-round.

Exam Content

1. Sample questions to familiarize you with the exam structure and computerized testing (not scored) 
2. 150 test questions, including 125 upon which your score will be based, and 25 randomly inserted questions that will not be scored, but are being validated for possible future exam use
3. Content areas include finance (11%), human resources (23%), programming (33%) and operations (33%).

Passing Score for the Exam

Passing scores are re-evaluated annually and are based on how difficult that year’s test is determined to be by subject matter experts. This means that the number of correct answers needed to pass may vary slightly from year to year; the current number of correct answers to pass the test is 85 out of 125 scored questions (September, 2014). Test results are provided to you on-site. You will receive a separate score per content area, and a total score; you will not be provided individual question results.

Special Accommodations

AMP and NRPA comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and strives to ensure that no individual with a disability as defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment is deprived of the opportunity to take the examination solely by reason of that disability. AMP will provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities. Candidates requesting special accommodations must call AMP at 1-888-519-9901 to schedule their examination. Verification of the disability and a statement of the specific type of assistance needed must be made in writing to AMP at least 45 calendar days prior to your desired examination date by completing the Request for Special Examination Accommodations form. AMP will review the submitted forms and will contact you regarding the decision for accommodations.

AMP is equipped with Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TDD) to assist deaf and hearing-impaired candidates. TDD calling is available 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) Monday thru Friday at 913-895-4637. This TDD phone option is for individuals equipped with compatible TDD machinery.

Candidates with English as a Second Language

Candidates with English as a second language are authorized to use of the time extension or translation dictionary accommodation. All ESL Request forms must be submitted to NRPA at the time of application. NRPA will notify the candidate within 10 business days if their request is approved.

Candidate Handbook

Read the Candidate Handbook for details relating to the exam and procedural details.

Recommended Study Materials

1. Purchase a CPRP Study Guide from the NRPA store
2. Take the CPRP Practice Exam  

Following Successful Completion of the Examination
Candidates will obtain a score report directly following exam completion. If the candidate has passed the examination a certificate will be sent from NRPA within 6-8 weeks. If the candidate is not successful information will be provided on the score report on how to schedule a re-test.

Need to Re-test?

Individuals who recently failed their exam, or had their CPRP certification expire without renewing, are eligible to use the CPRP Exam-Only Application for two years after their expiration date (for more information on eligibility, please contact NRPA).

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