Education: A Key to Success

September 1, 2015, Department, by Marissa Bracamonte

This month’s numbers are testament to the importance of education as a building block for a successful park and recreation career.Education is one of the key functions of NRPA, and we have the stats to show it. From accredited college programs to our own learning resources, NRPA understands that education is one of the building blocks of a successful park and rec agency with qualified employees. You can even educate yourself a little more right now by checking out the below data we’ve collected about education programs affiliated with NRPA.

78: Number of accredited park and recreation degree programs in 33 states

2,444: Number of online learners in 2014

1,354: Number registered for webinars in 2014 

116: Highest attendance during a 2014 webinar

7,000: Number of certified Aquatic Facility Operators (AFOs)

6,960: Number of Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSIs)

4,620: Number of Certified Park and Recreation Professionals (CPRPs)

81: Percentage of members who rate the overall quality of all NRPA instructors as high or very high 

2,500-plus: Number of library resources on NRPA Connect

5: Number of professional schools (Directors, Event Management, Maintenance Management, Revenue Development and Management and Supervisors Management)

231: Total number of education sessions at the 2015 Annual Conference


Source: Data courtesy of Matthew Cowan, NRPA’s Education Program Specialist