Welcome to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Digital Badge page for Directors School Graduates. To verify this achievement, please click on the button below and search by name. If you have any questions regarding verification, please email customerservice@nrpa.org.

The NRPA Directors School is an exclusive two-year professional development opportunity that prepares new and potential park and recreation directors to be effective leaders. Students who complete the program will leave with the knowledge and confidence to face emerging challenges, improve operations and maximize positive impact on their communities.

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Leadership Development, Strategy, Budget and Finance, Directors’ Role in the Political Environment, Responding to Changing Communities.

Program Requirements

Program is for existing Directors, Assistant/Deputy Directors or those who can demonstrate a clear path to a Directorship.  In addition to completing this online application, applicants are required to upload a copy of their current resume and will need to upload an organizational chart at the end of the application.

If the applicant is a mid-level management position (positions other than Director or Deputy/Assistant Director), applicant must also upload a signed letter of recommendation from applicant’s agency director explaining why he or she feels applicant should attend this school and explaining that applicant is on the path to becoming a Director. This can be uploaded with the online application.



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