Serving as a one of NRPA’s Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) volunteers is a great way to professionally develop within parks and recreation. CAPRA volunteers have the opportunity to review, visit, and mentor agencies and solidify personal recognition of the defined standards of excellence that accredited park and recreation agencies are held accountable to. CAPRA volunteers also become a part of a broader network of professionals who understand the benefits of accreditation for park and recreation agencies and are trained to bring back these standards to their own agencies.

How To Become A CAPRA Volunteer

Opportunities include: Commission Review Team (CRT) member; Site Visit Team  (SVT) member; or Agency Mentor.

Individuals having attended the CAPRA Training Workshop are eligible to apply to become CAPRA volunteers. Volunteers must meet the following criteria: 

  1. Be currently employed full time in the field of recreation, park resources and leisure services (or retired from the field);
  2. Have completed 5 years of full-time professional experience in the field;
  3. Hold and maintain CPRP or CPRE certification;
  4. Be a member of NRPA or a related professional organization; and
  5. Attended an official CAPRA training within the last 3 years (the recent 2020–2021 CAPRA webinar series qualifies).

Once trained, individuals may apply to become volunteers by submitting the volunteer application form.

Submit Your Application

CAPRA volunteers receive an email notification each fall of upcoming opportunities with a request to submit interest in participating.

Volunteers must be retrained every three years. CAPRA Training Workshops are held annually at the NRPA Conference in the fall and throughout the year via webinars. Additionally, the CAPRA Training Workshop may be held in conjunction with state association meetings. View the upcoming trainings.

If you are interested in hosting a CAPRA Training, please contact


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