Professional Development Planner

February 1, 2014, Department, by NRPA

Enhance your professional skills through NRPA's schools, e-learning opportunities and certification programs.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. Find out more by clicking here.

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.


3–5     Bellevue, Washington

4–6     Ontario, California

11–13     Bismarck, North Dakota

12–14     Merriam, Kansas

12–14     St. Louis Park, Minnesota

18–20     Milford, Delaware

24–26     Phoenix, Arizona

25–27     St. Charles, Missouri

26–28     LaGrange, Kentucky


1–3     Rocky Hill, Connecticut

2–4     Newport News, Virginia

AFO Program

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


4–5     Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

10–11     De Pere, Wisconsin

10–11     Gainesville, Florida

13–14     Clearwater, Florida

19–20     Waldorf, Maryland

20–21     Georgetown, Kentucky

24–25     Media, Pennsylvania

27–28     Lawrence, Kansas

27–28     Orlando, Florida

27–28     Westerville, Ohio


3–5     Fruita, Colorado

16–17     Glendale, Heights, Illinois

24–25     Denver, Colorado

24–25     Key West, Florida

29–30     Phoenix, Arizona

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.

CPRP Practice Exam
Member: $75 Nonmember: $94

Prepare yourself for the CPRP Certification exam by taking the CPRP Practice exam. The practice exam includes 75 questions that are comparable in design to the CPRP certification exam.

Communicating in a Time of Crisis
Member/Nonmember: $20

Developed in partnership with the American Camp Association, this course provides youth leaders, including camp counselors and after-school program staff, with the information they need to respond in a safe, appropriate manner to unexpected events and crises. CEUs: 0.1

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.

Revenue Development & Management School: March 9–14, 2014

NRPA Green School: March 23–27, 2014

NRPA Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation: March 25–26, 2014

NRPA Directors School: August 23–29, 2014

NGF Municipal Golf Institute: September 2–5, 2014

NRPA Congress & Exposition: October 14–16, 2014