Professional Development Calendar

June 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.


14-16, Raleigh, North Carolina


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


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

Athletic Field Maintenance 

Member: $50 Nonmember: $65 

Learn the proper techniques and best practices needed to keep your agency’s athletic fields safe, usable and attractive this summer. This course is an excellent resource for maintenance staff, landscapers and facility managers. CEUs: 0.2 

Connecting Children with Nature 

Member: $75 Nonmember: $94

Trouble getting kids outside this summer? This course is designed to educate professionals working with youth in educational or recreational settings, as well as concerned citizens, on the root causes of “nature-deficit disorder,” the health and social risks of this problem, the best practices for helping children to bond with nature and enjoy unstructured outdoor play, and the current organizations involved in reversing this unhealthy trend. CEUs: 0.3 


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