Professional Development Planner

November 1, 2013, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

Schools and Conferences 

NRPA schools and conferences are forums where the park and recreation community comes together to exchange ideas and information. Whether you are just starting your career or are a seasoned veteran, NRPA’s schools and conferences will give you the education and networking opportunities you need to ensure success. 


Online Learning 

Online learning is a cost-effective and flexible way to educate staff, provide training and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) without leaving the comfort of your home or office. Visit NRPA’s Online Learning Center and choose from one of our many courses.



NRPA webinars offer the opportunity to get professional development and education through direct interaction with experts in an easy, interactive, cost-effective manner.


Certification Programs

The Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services profession who meet high standards of performance.

The Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) certification can be achieved by individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services profession who meet high standards of performance at a mastery (middle to upper management) level.

The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) certification is a state-of-the-art certification for pool operators and aquatic facility managers.

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification program provides the most comprehensive training on playground safety standards and the credentials to inspect playgrounds for safety compliance.

Practice exams and online training courses are available through the Online Learning Center.


2014 Legislative Forum

NRPA’s Legislative Forum is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you to be the voice for parks and recreation and advocate for the entire profession. In 2014, NRPA is making a number of changes to Legislative Forum as a direct result of your feedback and input. Your presence will help ensure that changes in Washington have a positive impact on your community.



2–4 CPSI, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

5–6 AFO, Fort Myers, Florida

10–11 AFO, Columbia, South Carolina

10–12 CPSI, San Clemente, California

12 Webinar, Park Prescriptions



7–8 AFO, Raleigh, North Carolina

7–8 AFO, Indianapolis, Indiana

9–11 CPSI, Landover, Maryland

13–15 CPSI, Indianapolis, Indiana

19-23 Event Management School, Wheeling, West Virginia

22–23 AFO, Charlotte, North Carolina

26–30 Maintenance Management School, Wheeling, West Virginia



4–5 AFO, Charleston, South Carolina

17–19 CPSI, Corpus Christi, Texas

18–19 AFO, Atlanta, Georgia

18–23 National School of RV Park and Campground Management, Wheeling, West Virginia

25–26 AFO, Memphis, Tennessee

25–27 CPSI, Novi, Michigan

26–27 AFO, Austin, Texas



3–5 CPSI, Bellevue, Washington

4–5 AFO, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

4–6 CPSI, Ontario, California

9–14 Revenue Development and Management School, Wheeling, West Virginia

12–14 CPSI, Merriam, Kansas

18–20 CPSI, Milford, Delaware

23–27 Green School, Wheeling, West Virginia

24–25 AFO, Media, Pennsylvania

24–26 CPSI, Phoenix, Arizona

25–26 NRPA National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation, Washington, D.C.

27–28 AFO, Lawrence, Kansas