Professional Development Planner

March 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.


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


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



AFO Program

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


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


4-5, Jacksonville, Florida

11-12, Leavenworth, Washington

Online Learning

What’s better than advancing your career and ensuring children have fun and safe places to play? How about getting your training right at your home or office right when you want it? The online Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Prep Course Bundle includes five modules to prepare you for the CPSI certification exam including the CPSI practice test.

For a limited time, we’re sending a printed CPSI Field Guide to those who purchase the online CPSI Prep Course Bundle. The CPSI Field Guide has the public playground safety standards and guidelines you need to know to help keep playgrounds safe. To take advantage of this offer, click here and choose “CPSI Online Course Promotion.” 

Hurry! This offer ends March 31.

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

NRPA Directors School: August 22-28, 2015

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