Professional Development Planner

June 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.


8–10, Raleigh, North Carolina


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


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.

Connecting Children with Nature

Member: $60 Nonmember: $75

This course is designed to educate professionals working with youth in educational or recreational settings, as well as concerned citizens, on the root causes of “nature-deficit disorder,” the health and social risks of this problem, the best practices for helping children to bond with nature and enjoy unstructured outdoor play, and the current organizations involved in reversing this unhealthy trend. CEUs: 0.3

Environmental Stewardship

Member: $60 Nonmember: $75

This course covers the three core pillars of environmental stewardship, including: providing leadership for sustainable communities, promoting sustainable landscapes and fostering the next generation of stewards. CEUs: 0.3


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