Professional Development Calendar

July 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.


4-6, Chicago Area, Illinois


15-17, Westminster, Colorado

16-18, Burlington, Kentucky

23-25, Leesburg, Virginia

28-30, Griffin, Georgia

28-30 San Diego, California

29-Oct. 1, Dublin, Ohio


5-7, Missoula, Montana

20-22, Midlothian, Illinois

20-22, Saratoga Springs, New York

21-23, Jackson, New Jersey


2-4, Farmington, New Mexico

4-6, Lexington, South Carolina

4-6, North Salt Lake, Utah

10-12, North Kansas City, Missouri


AFO Program

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


13-14, Las Vegas, Nevada

28-29, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania


5-6, Fullerton, California


17-18, Phoenix, Arizona


Online Learning

Is your CPRP certification up for renewal September 1? You can earn those last minute CEUs through NRPAs online courses. NRPA Online Learning courses offer a wide variety of professional development opportunities to professionals working in the field of parks and recreation. Courses are accessible, and in a self-paced format. Course topics include: aquatics, customer service, accessibility, inclusion and diversity, health and wellness, business management, leadership, certification prep courses, programming, camp administration, park operations, conservation and playground safety. Consider investing in your agency and take advantage of our bulk purchase discounts. For more information on e-learning bulk purchases email or call 800.626.6772. Visit the online learning catalog today.


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 17-22, 2016

NRPA Maintenance Management School: January 31-February 5, 2016

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