Professional Development Planner

January 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.

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.


17–19     Corpus Christi, Texas

25–27     Novi, Michigan

26–28     Fort Myers, Florida



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

26-28     LaGrange, Kentucky


AFO Program

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


4–5     Charleston, South Carolina

6–7     Jupiter, Florida

18–19     Atlanta, Georgia

25–26     Memphis, Tennessee

26–27     Austin, Texas



4–5     Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

10–11     Gainesville, Florida

13–14     Clearwater, Florida

18–19     De Pere, Wisconsin

19–20     Waldorf, Maryland

20–21     Georgetown, Kentucky

24–25     Media, Pennsylvania

27–28     Lawrence, Kansas

27–28     Orlando, Florida


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.

Camp Administration: Developed in partnership with the American Camp Association, this course provides youth leaders, including camp counselors and after-school program staff, with an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of their role, and important information regarding best practices in training, preparation, communication and leadership. CEUs: 0.3

New Chat: Changes for the 2014 Gold Medal Award Program, Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST: The quest for the Gold Medal Award begins in January. Hear from the designers of the new format to answer any questions you may have about the application, the process and the program. Obtain practical advice on how to navigate the application process. Gain insight into the in-depth study conducted to evaluate the process that resulted in further improvements to the award program.


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.

National School of RV Park and Campground Management: February 18–23, 2014

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