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: CAPRA Review Team (CRT) member; CAPRA Review Team Advisor OR Agency Mentor.

 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. Participate in free CAPRA Volunteer only training opportunities (access available when application processed)

Individuals meeting the criteria may apply 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.

CAPRA Volunteers must update their training every three years. Additional specialized trainings for specific volunteer roles will be offered annually.



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