Professional Development Calendar

September 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.


5-7, Missoula, Montana

14-16, Okemos, Michigan

20-22, Midlothian, Illinois

20-22, Saratoga Springs, New York

20-22, Torrance, California

21-23, Jackson, New Jersey

28-30, San Antonio, Texas


2-4, Farmington, New Mexico

4-6, Lexington, South Carolina

4-6, North Salt Lake, Utah

10-12, North Kansas City, Missouri

11-13, Carmel, Indiana

17-19, Bellevue, Washington

18-20, Largo, Florida

18-20, South Portland, Maine


AFO Program

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


5-6, Fullerton, California

15-16, North Ft. Meyers, Florida

16-18, Cheney, Washington

18-19, Palm Springs, California


6-7, Virginia Beach, Virginia

17-18, Phoenix, Arizona


5-6, Carmel, Indiana


Online Learning

Check out the Aquatic Facility Technician online course! This course covers circulation, filtration, water chemistry and testing, sanitation, chemical types and troubleshooting, and an overview of math and chemistry used in aquatic facility operations. The course can be used to give a basis for working in an aquatic facility and to prepare for the Aquatic Facility Operator class or certification exam. Enroll online 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 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