Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)

Special Notice for CPRP's Expiring September 1, 2022:

Certified professionals must complete all 2.0 CEUs required for renewal within their two-year certification maintenance cycle. CEUs received outside your certification cycle will not be accepted.

After September 1st: All Renewal Applications, Continuing Education Unit (CEU) petition forms, Professional Service Experience (PSE) forms, associated documents and fees will be accepted for 90 days following your certification expiration date (Deadline, November 30, 2022). 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board will extend your CPRP certification expiration date by six months upon request, from 9/1/2022 to 3/1/2023. Certified professionals who request an extension will maintain a new two-year certification cycle beginning and ending in March. Certified professionals who have received an extension from 3/1/2022 to 9/1/2022 are not eligible for an additional extension unless granted through appeal. Eligible parties may request an extension online through the My NRPA tab in your NRPA Profile by November 30, 2022. 

Park and recreation professionals perform essential work and are community heroes. Take your career in this vital field to the next level by becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP). Whether you want to make a bigger impact on your community, keep your expertise fresh or improve your professional status, becoming a CPRP will open the door to bigger and better opportunities.


Why Become CPRP?

  • Join an elite group of more than 6,900 CPRPs who have committed to advancing our field.
  • Increase the confidence outside groups and the community have in you and your organization.
  • Show your employer that you’re a valuable member of the team and that you’re willing to learn new things.
  • Gain an edge over other candidates when that promotion opportunity pops up or your dream job calls.


The CPRP certification is designed for the beginning to mid-level professional. CPRP candidates must meet one of the following education and experience requirements:*

  • Have received, or are set to receive, a bachelor’s degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT)
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or higher from any institution in recreation, park resources, or leisure services, and one year of full-time experience in the field
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a major other than recreation, park resources, or leisure services, and three years of full-time experience in the field
  • Have an associate's degree and four years of full-time experience in the field
  • Have a high school degree or equivalent, and five years of full-time experience in the field

*Qualifying documentation is not required at the time of initial application; however, some applications will be randomly selected for audit to ensure the accuracy and validity of the data provided. Learn more.

How to Become a CPRP

To become a CPRP you must meet the eligibility requirements, complete an application and pass the exam. CPRP certification is valid for two years. 

Apply Online

Apply by Mail

Individual Application and Exam Fees

$250 for students (Please contact certification@nrpa.org for eligibility and requirements)

$270 for NRPA members

$314 for non-NRPA members

Applicants will receive an email notification from NRPA within one month of applying, verifying the completion of the application process and instructions on how to schedule the exam.

Learn More About the Exam

Group Discount Packages

Apply for group discounts on CPRP application fees and study materials.

Agency Package Application

University Package Application


If you have any questions or experience any difficulties applying for the CPRP examination, please contact certification@nrpa.org.

CPRP Prep Materials and Resources

Looking for study materials and other CPRP resources? Learn more about the CPRP certification with our prep materials and handbooks, and access special testing accommodations forms.

CPRP Prep Materials and Resources



For questions or further information on CPRP certification, please review the CPRP Frequently Asked Questions or email us at certification@nrpa.org.

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