Professional Development Planner

April 1, 2014, Department, by NRPA

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CPSI Program

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.


7–9 Lake Oswego, Oregon

12–14 Middletown, New Jersey

12–14 Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania

13–15 Chicago Area, Illinois

20–22 Murfreesboro, Tennessee


3–5 Lake Mary, Florida

18–20 Livermore, California


8–10Raleigh, North Carolina


AFO Program

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


1–2 Margate, Florida

8–9 Christiansburg, Virginia

12–13 Leavenworth, Washington

13–14 Redwood City, California

15–16 Beaverton, Oregon


25–26 Durango, Colorado


8–9 Lititz, Pennsylvania


16–17 Hays, Kansas

16–17 Hershey, Pennsylvania


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.

Behavior Management

Member: $40 Nonmember: $50

Behavioral problems are a common challenge in youth development programs that can distract from a program reaching its goal of providing healthy, safe and secure environments for all participants. This course will provide fundamental best practices, principles and tools to recreation professionals working with youth in recreation settings. CEUs: 0.2

Athletics Field Maintenance

Member: $40 Nonmember: $50

Learn the proper techniques and best practices needed to keep your agency’s athletic fields safe, usable and attractive. This course is an excellent resource for maintenance staff, landscapers and facility managers. CEUs: 0.2


Schools and Conferences

NRPA Conferences and Schools are forums where the park and recreation community comes together to exchange ideas and information. Register now for these upcoming events.

NRPA Directors School: Aug. 23-29, 2014

NRPA Congress & Exposition: October 14–16, 2014

NRPA Supervisors Management School: November 2–6, 2014