Serving as a one of NRPA’s Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) visitors is a great way to professionally develop within parks and recreation. CAPRA visitors have the opportunity to visit agencies and solidify personal recognition of the defined standards of excellence that accredited park and recreation agencies are held accountable to. CAPRA visitors also become a part of a broader network of professionals that 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 Visitor

Individuals having attended the CAPRA Training Workshop are eligible to apply to become CAPRA visitors. Visitors 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 CPRP or CPRE certification (if currently employed);
  4. Be a member of NRPA or a related professional organization; and
  5. Attended official CAPRA training within the last 3 years.    

Once trained, individuals may apply to become visitors by submitting the application and resume forms listed below to

CAPRA visitors receive an email notification of upcoming visit opportunities in the spring and fall each year with a request to submit interest in participating.

Visitors must be retrained every five 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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