Professional Development Planner

April 1, 2015, 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.


5-7, Winter Park, Florida

6-8, Fairbanks, Alaska

18-20, Riverside, California

19-21, Arlington, Texas


3-5Hillsboro, Oregon


14-16, Raleigh, North Carolina


15-17, Westminster, Colorado

23-25, Leesburg, Virginia

28-30, Griffin, Georgia

29-Oct. 1, Dublin, Ohio



AFO Program

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


4-5, Jacksonville, Florida

4-5, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

7-8, Springfield, Oregon

11-12, Vallejo, California

11-12, Jonesboro, Georgia

11-12, Leavenworth, Washington

13-14, Thonotosassa, Florida 

Online Learning

AFO and CPSI Online Prep Courses

AFO: Member: $100 Nonmember: $130

CPSI Bundle: Member: $300 Nonmember: $390

Get ready for summer! Pools, playgrounds, possibilities! Too busy to attend an AFO or CPSI classroom course? Take advantage of the Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) online prep course and the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) prep course bundle. Click here for a free guide to becoming certified.


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. All NRPA Schools are held at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia, unless otherwise indicated.

NRPA Directors School: August 23-28, 2015

NRPA 2015 Annual Conference: September 15-17, Las Vegas, Nevada

NRPA Supervisors' Management School: November 1-5, 2015

NRPA Event Management School: January 15-20, 2016

NRPA Maintenance Management School: January 29-February 3, 2016

NRPA Revenue Development and Management School: March 13-18, 2016