Professional Development

May 1, 2016, Department, by NRPA

Tuition-Free Directors School

The NRPA Directors School is an exclusive professional development opportunity designed to prepare new and potential directors of park and recreation agencies for the challenges of leading and managing effectively. Thanks to the generosity of The Toro Company, we have up to 10 need-based scholarships available for the 2016 school. This is your opportunity to attend the premier school for senior leaders in the park and recreation industry. School starts soon — August 28-September 2, 2016, at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. 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.


6-8          Palo Alto, California

8-10        Hillsboro, Oregon  


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

14-15      Glenn Mills, Pennsylvania

26-27      Seattle, Washington

27-28      San Jose, California



3-4         St. Louis, Missouri

20-21      Lake Crystal, Minnesota

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