NRPA's Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) delivers quality assurance and improvement to accredited park and recreation departments throughout the United States. This operational management system improves their infrastructures; increases efficiency in all activities; and demonstrates accountability within their communities. Implementation of this system strengthens teamwork among department staff, imbeds all aspects of CAPRA into their department’s internal culture, and establishes a continuous improvement mindset for all department activities.

CAPRA is the only national accreditation of park and recreation departments and is a valuable measure of a department’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community. Achieving CAPRA accreditation is the best way to demonstrate that your department and your staff provide your community with the highest level of service.


Benefits of Accreditation

For Your Community

  • Demonstrates that the department meets national standards of best practice.
  • Recognizes the community as a great place to live.
  • Helps secure external financial support and reduce costs for the community.
  • Holds the park and recreation department accountable to the public and ensures responsiveness to meet their needs.
  • Ensures that all staff are providing quality customer service.

For Your Department and Staff

  • Proves to decision makers, stakeholders and the public that your department is operating with the best practices of the profession.
  • Increases credibility and can improve internal and external funding.
  • Improves overall operations and increases efficiency.
  • Enhances staff teamwork and pride by engaging all staff in the process.
  • Creates an environment for regular review of operations, policies and procedures, and promotes continual improvement.

Accreditation Process

Review the 6-step CAPRA Accreditation Process.

Reaccreditation Required Every 5 Years

Agencies must repeat this process every five years to stay in compliance with CAPRA’s guidelines.

CAPRA Resources

Agency Accreditation Community

Through NRPA Connect, CAPRA hosts an open forum for discussion, sharing of information, and public comment on CAPRA standards and processes. Join the discussion


Accredited Agencies

There are currently 206 accredited park and recreation agencies in the United States. Are you here?

Contact Us

For direct assistance, please email or call 703.858.2155.