Professional Development Planner

October 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.


4–6, North Kansas City, Missouri

4–6, Winter Park, Florida


2–4, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


7-9, Landover, Maryland

12-14, Michigan City, Indiana

13-15, Laveen, Arizona

20-22, Lakewood, California


AFO Program

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


3-4, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

18-19, Elk Grove, California


11-12, Seattle, Washington

18-19, North Miami, 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.

Webinar: Aligning Efforts with Identified Needs

October 30, 2 p.m. EDT

Member: $25 Nonmember: $33 

You cannot be all things to all people — you have to know your core services and offerings and then allocate resources to get the best results. Join this webinar and learn how to use existing resources to get results. Learn techniques to match the needs of your community to your staff’s talents, strengths and strategies to stay current with ever-changing community needs. Presented by NRPA Board Member Neelay Bhatt. CEUs: 0.1

Online Course: Athletic Field Maintenance

Member: $50 Nonmember: $65

It’s that time of year. Soccer, football, homecoming. Learn how to keep your field in its best shape and looking great with the Athletic Field Maintenance Course. Learn the proper techniques and best practices needed to keep your agency’s athletic fields safe, usable and attractive. This course is an excellent resource for maintenance staff, landscapers and facility managers. 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 Congress & Exposition: October 14–16, 2014

NRPA Supervisors Management School: November 2–6, 2014

NRPA Event Management School: January 18–22, 2015  

NRPA Maintenance Management School:  January 25–30, 2015