Professional Development Planner

February 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.


2-4, Erie, Colorado

3-5, Bothell, Washington

9-11, Shawnee, Kansas

10-12, Bismarck, North Dakota

10-12, Sacramento, California

18-20, Plymouth, Minnesota

24-26, St. Charles, Missouri

31-April 2, East Hartford, Connecticut


1-3, Newport News, Virginia

8-10, Las Vegas, Nevada

15-17, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

21-23, Chicago Area, Illinois

22-24, Omaha, Nebraska

28-30, Columbus, Ohio


AFO Program

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


2-3, Seattle, Washington

12-13, Sunrise, Florida

24-25, Royersford, Pennsylvania

26-27, Lawrence Kansas

26-27, Stuart, Florida


9-10, Stuart, Florida  

15-16, Glendale Heights, Illinois

23-24, Denver, Colorado

23-24, Wilmington, Delaware

23-24, Key West, Florida

30-May1, Billings, Montana


Online Learning

NRPA is pleased to announce the 2015 Premier Member webinar series (free to all Premier members). The webinars will occur on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. ET. Professionals who wish to receive CEUs will be required to pay a $25 fee. For more information, click here, email our Customer Service department or call 800.626.6772.  

3/12: Grow the Walking Movement: Safe Routes to Parks

4/9: Innovative Programming on a Budget

5/14: PRORAGIS: New Tools to Help you Succeed

6/11: Tips and Tools: Celebrate Park and Recreation Month

7/9: Innovation Labs: How Park and Rec Will Save the World

8/13: Is This Your First Rodeo? A Guide to NRPA’s Las Vegas Conference for First-Time Attendees

10/8: Do the Right Thing: Social Equity in the Field of Parks and Recreation

11/12: version 2.0: What’s New and Improved

12/8: 2015 Year in Review: Hot Topics in Parks and Recreation

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 Revenue Development and Management School: March 8-13, 2015

NRPA Innovation Lab: March 12-13, 2015 (Miami, Florida)

NRPA Green School: March 22-26, 2015

NRPA National School of RV Park and Campground Management: July 6-10, 2015 (Denver, Colorado)

NRPA Directors School: August 22-28, 2015