Professional Development

April 1, 2016, Department, by NRPA

Online Learning

Do you want to learn and expand your skills in leadership, marketing, human resources, maintenance or another discipline, but don’t have the budget to attend a conference? Check out NRPA’s online learning courses for quality professional development that you can access from the convenience of work or home. There are more than 70 courses in 14 disciplines to help you achieve your goals. Many of these courses offer Continuing Education Units to help you renew your certification. Click here to start your course today!


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.


2-4          Carmel, Indiana  

3-5          Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania

4-6          Anchorage, Alaska

4-6          New Brighton, Minnesota

9-11         Worcester, Massachusetts     

18-20       Boynton Beach, Florida


6-8          Palo Alto, California     

8-10        Hillsboro, Oregon     



12-14     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.


2-3Athens, Ohio


7-8Antioch, California


19-20Escondido, California


14-15Glenn Mills, Pennsylvania


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 28-September 1, 2016

NRPA 2016 Annual Conference: October 5-8, 2016 - St. Louis, Missouri

Supervisor's Management School: November 6-10, 2016

Event Management School: January 15-20, 2017

Park and Recreation Maintenance Management School: January 29 - February 3, 2017