Become a CPRP


Demonstrate your commitment to parks and recreation by becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP). The CPRP certification will not only keep your expertise fresh, but also help you achieve greater health, resilience and equity outcomes in your community.

If you experience any difficulties applying for the CPRP examination, please contact and a representative will reach out to you during regular business hours.


Why Become a CPRP?

Complete an application to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional between January 1, 2020 and February 29, 2020* to treat yourself to:

  1. A free CPRP Prep Course (up to $250 value) to help prepare you for the exam.
  2. A chance to join an elite group of more than 6,400 CPRPs who have committed to advancing our field.
  3. The opportunity to prove your worth and take your career to the next level.
  4. An edge over other candidates when that promotion opportunity pops up or your dream job calls.

*Any applications received before January 1, 2020 or after February 29, 2020 are not eligible for promotional offerings. All applicable CPRP application and exam fees must be paid in full on or between January 1 to February 29, 2020 to qualify for the free CPRP Prep Course promotion.”

How to Apply and Get Your Free Prep Course

To become a CPRP you must meet the eligibility requirements, complete an application and pass the examAfter applying, you will receive an email within a week with a coupon code that is redeemable for a FREE CPRP Prep Course. This code must be redeemed by June 30, 2020.

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