Professional Development Planner

August 1, 2014, Department, by NRPA

NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities. Click here to find out more.


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.


9–11, Las Cruces, New Mexico

22–24, Griffin, Georgia

29–Oct. 1, Sacramento, California

30–Oct. 2, Dublin, Ohio


1–3, Flagstaff, Arizona

6–8, Little Rock, Arkansas

12–14, Charlotte, North Carolina

21–23, Chicago area, Illinois

22–24, Harrisonburg, Virginia

27–29, The Woodlands, Texas

28–30, Hamburg, New York

29–31, Lexington, South Carolina


4–6, North Kansas City, Missouri

4–6, Winter Park, Florida


AFO Program

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


8–9, Lititz, Pennsylvania

15–16, Steamboat, Colorado


9–10, Oviedo, Florida 

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.

Athletic Field Maintenance Course

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

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Prep Course Bundle

Member: $280 Nonmember: $350

The CPSI Prep Course Bundle includes five online modules that will help prepare an individual to take the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination. The bundle includes four Playground Safety Courses: Playground Equipment Online Course Module, Playground Surfacing Online Course Module, Playground Hazard Identification Online Course Module and Playground Safety Management Online Course Module, as well as the CPSI Practice Test.


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