1. What are the qualifications to obtain the CPRP?
Hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from an Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related fields (COAPRT) accredited program or be in your final semester on campus before obtaining your bachelor's or higher degree from a COAPRT accredited program, verified by official transcript, and pass the CPRP examination;
Hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited education institution (from a non-NRPA accredited program), verified by official transcript, with a major in recreation, park resources, or leisure services; have no less than 1 year of full-time experience in a recreation, park resources, or leisure service position that encompasses each domain of the job analysis following the degree; and successfully pass the CPRP examination;
Hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited education institution, verified by official transcript, with a major other than recreation, park resources, or leisure services; have no less than 3 years of full-time experience in a recreation, park resources, and leisure position that encompasses each domain of the job analysis following the degree; and successfully pass the CPRP examination;
Hold an associate's degree from a regionally accredited educational institution, verified by official transcript, and no less than the equivalent of 4 years of full-time experience in a recreation, park resources, and leisure services position, and pass the CPRP examination;
Hold a high school diploma, equivalency certificate, or associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, verified by official transcript/documentation; have no less than 5 years of full-time experience in a recreation, park resources, or leisure services position that encompasses each domain of the job analysis following the diploma/degree; and successfully pass the CPRP examination.
2. How do I find more specific information about the initial exam and application process?
Please connect to the NRPA website (www.nrpa.org/cprp) and you will find an abundance of data relating to the initial exam and application process under the “apply today" section. If you need additional information please contact the certification division at email@example.com or (800)626-6772.
3. I submitted my exam application but have not heard from NRPA?
It is the applicant's responsibility to follow up on their own exam application. Exam applications are received by NRPA approved, and then sent to the testing company, Pearson VUE, twice a month. WARNING!! If you have not been contacted by NRPA within 30 days from submission of your application, please call NRPA at (800)626-6772.
4. How do I get information about my certification (status, recertification date, certification number, etc.)?
If you need to get information about your certification (status, recertification date, certification number, etc.) you should first view the CPRP registry. If you do not find the information you are looking for please contact the National Recreation and Park Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800)626-6772.
5. How do I change my address/contact information with the NRPA Certification Office?
If you need to change your address/contact information please visit the online certification center at www.nrpa.org/cprp or contact NRPA at email@example.com or (800)626-6772.
6. How do I renew my CPRP certification with NRPA as I approach my expiration date?
Step 1 - Continuation of certification shall be contingent upon completion of a minimum of two (2.0) Continuing Education Units or equivalent academic course work from an accredited college or university in each 24-month period. Note change: Please do not send records of continuing education to NRPA unless you are requested to do so as part of the audit process. Upon receipt of the recertification application, NRPA will select a random percentage of applications for audit. Certificants who are selected for audit will be directly notified by NRPA via postal mail. Certificants will have 30 days to submit their continuing education materials for the audit process. Failure to submit the continuing education materials in a timely manner will result in a denial for recertification. If you do not have your required 2.0 CEUs you must re-take the exam within your certification cycle.
Step 2 - Print and Complete Renewal Application
The application can be found either attached to your renewal reminder email or on the NRPA website
Avenues for Locating previously obtained CEUs
o Regional and State Conferences – Please contact the hosting agency to obtain a transcript of your CEUs or make
copies of documentation received from the event
o National Congress – CEU transcripts from National Congress events can be found on the
o NRPA Educational Programs – Transcripts from these events can be requested on the NRPA website
How to obtain additional CEUs
o Professional Service Experience Points (up to .5 points accepted per certification cycle)
§ PSE points can be earned by serving as an officer of a state association, serving as a speaker at NRPA Congress
or State Conferences, etc.
§ Professsional Service Experience Form
o CEU Equivalency Petition
§ If you have taken educational courses that do not offer CEUs you may file a petition to receive CEUs (within 30
days of completing the class)
§ CEU Equivalency Petition Form
o Additional Methods – NRPA online learning , local educational opportunities, college
Step 3 - Include Renewal Fee
o If you are a NRPA member the fee is $65
o If you are not a NRPA member the fee is $75
o Online applications submitted through the online certification center receive a $5 discount
o Note...only include the exam fee of $195 if you have not obtained enough CEUs within your certification cycle and wish to retake the exam to maintain your certification
7. Who keeps track of my CEUs?
You are responsible for keeping track of your CEUs and for providing documentation of those CEUs when applying for renewal. A few -- not all -- states that still administer CPRP certification track CEUs for certificants; you should contact your state to see if they do. But remember: NRPA National Office and most state affiliates do not keep track of CEUs, and when the transition is complete, no CEU information will be maintained by the national office except for courses/conferences offered by NRPA. See step 2 in FAQ #6 for more information.
8. I didn't recertify at the end of my two-year certification cycle; is my certification expired?
NRPA now offers a re-entry option to certificants whose certification has not been expired for more than a consecutive, 2-year period. In this case, the expired certificant can apply to take the exam without having to submit verification of education and experience. Expired certificants wishing to use this re-entry option must successfully pass the exam prior to the end of the 2-year expired period. The re-entry application can be found on the NRPA website at www.nrpa.org/cprp.
9. How do I obtain a receipt from NRPA for my transaction?
If you need a copy of your receipt please contact the accounting department at NRPA by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still have questions?
Contact email@example.com or (800)626-6772.