Professional Development Planner

July 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.


13–15, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 

18–20, Honolulu, Hawaii


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


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.

Risk Management

Member: $40 Nonmember: $50

Creating a comprehensive risk-management plan is essential for any park and recreation agency. Learn the fundamentals, terminology, best practices and guidelines for creating and improving risk-management plans. CEUs: 0.4

Fundraising Strategies

Member: $40 Nonmember: $50

This course teaches fundamental best practices and principles of effective and strategic fundraising for park and recreation agencies. The focus is on the process of successful solicitation from private sources of funds, particularly foundations and corporations, and is appropriate for professionals tasked with revenue development and creative partnerships. 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