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

Pearson VUE offers over 1500 in the United States and DANTES testing internationally.  The exam is administered via computerized test designated Pearson VUE testing centers. For a list of testing centers nearest you, go to, or call 1-866-362-2965

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-Saturday, 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 number of correct answers to pass the test over recent years has generally been within a few points of 85 (out of 125 questions). 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

The NRPA is committed to ensuring that no individual with a disability is deprived of the opportunity to take the examination solely by reason of that disability. A candidate who has a disability may request special accommodations; the request must be submitted in writing at the time of application. The request form can be downloaded here.

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 least 30 days prior to the exam date. 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 one to two months. If the candidate is not successful information will be provided on the score report on how to schedule a re-test.

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