Professional Development Planner

March 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.


1–3 Rocky Hill, Connecticut

2–4 Newport News, Virginia

7–9 Golden, Colorado

8–10 South Burlington, Vermont

14–16 Henderson/Las Vegas, Nevada

28–30 San Diego, California

30–May 2 Columbus, Ohio


7–9 Lake Oswego, Oregon

12–14 Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania

13–15 Chicago Area, Illinois

20–22 Murfreesboro, Tennessee


AFO Program

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


3–5 Fruita, Colorado

16–17 Glendale, Heights, Illinois

24–25 Denver, Colorado

24–25 Key West, Florida

29–30 Phoenix, Arizona


12–13 Leavenworth, Washington


8–9 Lititz, Pennsylvania


16–17 Hays, Kansas


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 Online Prep Course Bundle

Member: $100 Nonmember: $130

The CPRP Online Prep Course is designed as an intensive review program for professionals seeking the CPRP certification. The CPRP Prep Course Bundle includes the Programming Module, Human Resource Module, Finance Module, Operations Module and the CPRP Practice Exam.  CEUs: 0.4

Copyright Liability: Considerations for Public Agencies Hosting Musical Performances

Member: $60 Nonmember: $75

Learn about copyright liability and determine if your agency is responsible for obtaining a license to legally host musical performances. 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: August 23–29, 2014

NRPA Congress & Exposition: October 14–16, 2014

NRPA Supervisors Management School: November 2–6, 2014