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 are given the opportunity to review, visit, and mentor park and recreation departments and solidify personal recognition of the defined standards of excellence that accredited park and recreation organizations are held accountable to. In addition to becoming part of the broader CAPRA community of professionals, CAPRA volunteers gain advanced knowledge of the CAPRA process and standards that they can bring back to their own agencies. Participation also enhances their team-work skills as they work collectively with other volunteers to conduct a CAPRA review.

How To Become A CAPRA Volunteer

Opportunities include: CAPRA Review Team (CRT) member; CRT 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; and
  4. Be a member of NRPA or a related professional organization

All active volunteers receive free access to current online, on demand CAPRA training sessions and future updates to those trainings (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.




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