Professional Development Calendar

March 1, 2016, Department, by NRPA

Check This Out

March Madness is upon us! It’s time to get your applications in for NRPA’s awards programs. NRPA awards programs highlight the efforts of professionals who go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities. Applications are now being accepted for individual and agency awards, including awards for young professionals, distinguished professionals, advocacy, inclusion, programming, design marketing, health equity, conservation and more. 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.


5-7, East Hartford, Connecticut

11-13, Las Vegas, Nevada

13-15, Maplewood, New Jersey

13-15, Newport News, Virginia

19-21, Lombard, Illinois

20-22, Troy, Michigan



3-5, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania

4-6, Anchorage, Alaska

9-11, Worcester, Massachusetts


AFO Program

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


4-5, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

7-8, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

7-8, Lawrence, Kansas

7-8, Austin, Texas

7-8, Jupiter, Florida

7-8, Seattle, Washington

14-15, Glendale Heights, Illinois

14-15, Lake Charles, Louisiana

14-15, Bethlehem, 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