Professional Development Planner

May 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.


3–5 Lake Mary, Florida

18–20 Livermore, California


8–10 Raleigh, North Carolina


18–20 Honolulu, Hawaii


9–11 Las Cruces, New Mexico

22–24 Griffin, Georgia


AFO Program

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


9–10 Seattle, Washington 

25–26 Durango, Colorado


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.

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

Community Health: Marketing the Role of Parks & Rec Exam

Member: $20 Nonmember: $25

This is the exam for the Community Health: Marketing the Role of Parks and Recreation course. Please register for the free Community Health: Marketing the Role of Parks and Recreation course before taking the exam. 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.

NRPA Directors School: Aug. 23-29, 2014

NRPA Congress & Exposition: October 14–16, 2014

NRPA Supervisors Management School: November 2–6, 2014