certification you join thousands of people who are committed to fostering the
highest standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of park
and recreation programs and services.
5 REASONS TO BECOME A CERTIFIED
1. Greater career opportunities and advancement
Demonstration of your commitment to the parks and recreation profession
Enhanced quality of parks and recreation services nationwide
Recognition for your accomplishments and ability to meet national standards
5. Expansion of your skills and knowledge through continuing professional
The National Recreation and Park Association certification programs are governed by the National Certification Board; four certifications are currently offered.
The Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services profession who meet high standards of performance.
The Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) certification can be achieved by individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services profession who meet high standards of performance at a mastery (middle to upper management level).
The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) is a state-of-the-art certification for pool operators and aquatic facility managers. More than 16,000 aquatic facility operators have gained certification in the program's 16 years of existence.
The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) provides the credentials to inspect playgrounds for safety ensuring that each playground meets the current national standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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