The Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is designed for the beginning to mid-level professional. Candidates for the CPRP must meet requirements of education and experience. You may qualify for the exam if you:

  • 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)  OR
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree or higher from any institution in recreation, park resources, or leisure services, and also have no less than 1 year of full-time experience in the field OR
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a major other than recreation, park resources, or leisure services, and also have no less than 3 years of full-time experience in the field OR
  • Have an Associate's degree and have 4 years of full-time experience in the field OR
  • Have a high school degree or equivalent, and have 5 years of full-time experience in the field.

Qualifying Details 


Qualifying Documentation

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

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