Professional Development Planner

May 1, 2015, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

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.

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.


3-5, Hillsboro, Oregon


14-16, Raleigh, North Carolina



4-6, Chicago Area, Illinois


15-17, Westminster, Colorado

23-25, Leesburg, Virginia

28-30, Griffin, Georgia

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

Summer camps are right around the corner and it’s time to get children outdoors. Check out our online Camp Administration course, developed in partnership with the American Camp Association, and the Connecting Children with Nature course, which addresses the causes of “nature-deficit disorder” and offers best practices for responding to this problem. Both courses are available for $75 to NRPA members and $94 to non-members, and they each offer 0.3 CEUs upon completion. Click here for information on these and a variety of other online courses available to you.


Are you a Premier member? If not, you could be missing out on the free Premier webinar series. Premier members receive access to free monthly webinars. Click here for a full listing.


Schools and Conferences

NRPA Conferences and Schools are forums where the park and recreation community comes together to exchange ideas and information. 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