Make the Most of Your NRPA Conference

June 1, 2016, Department, by NRPA

This October, thousands of park and recreation professionals will descend on St.Louis, Missouri, to participate in the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference. While many attendees will begin taking part in activities October 5, savvy conference-goers know there is a great opportunity to jump-start their experience Tuesday, October 4, by attending a Pre-Conference Workshop (PCW). Topics include leadership, branding, certification, public speaking, keeping children safe and more! Take advantage of these half- or full-day workshops to get the most out of your NRPA Conference experience! Click here for more information


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.



12-14      Raleigh, North Carolina

18-20      Little Rock, Arkansas



6-8          Berkeley, California

7-9          Roanoke, Virginia

12-14      Farmington, New Mexico    

19-21      Griffin, Georgia

27-29      Dublin, Ohio


AFO Program

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


19-20      Escondido, California



7-8           Boise, Idaho

13-14      Glenn Mills, Pennsylvania

26-27      Seattle, Washington

27-28      San Jose, California



3-4        St. Louis, Missouri

9-10      New Orleans, Louisiana


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 2, 2016

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

Supervisors' Management School: November 6-10, 2016

Event Management School: January 15-20, 2017

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

Revenue Development & Management School: March 12-17, 2017