School Is In!

October 1, 2016, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

The end of summer marks the beginning of school, and this fall the kids are not the only ones returning to further their education. The 2016 NRPA school season kicks off each August with Directors School, which this year hosted its largest class of students in school history! If you missed us there, be sure to take note of the program dates included on this page and plan to participate in an upcoming scholastic endeavor! 

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                  Lexington, South Carolina

2-4                  North Salt Lake, Utah

8-10               Liberty, Missouri

9-11                 San Angelo, Texas

16-18              Clearwater, Florida

29-Dec 1        Everett, Washington


13-15               Horsham, Pennsylvania

AFO Program

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


8-9                    Austin, Texas

8-9                   Charlottesville, Virginia

10-11                Portland, Oregon

12-13                Sun City, Arizona

15-16        Anaheim, California

28-29        Sacramento, California


1-2          North Miami, Florida

6-7          Camarillo, California

7-8          St. Louis Park, Minnesota

21-22          Las Vegas, Nevada


18-19   Phoenix, Arizona


7-8          Phoenix, Arizona

28- Mar 1          Hartford, Connecticut


9-10          Canton, Michigan

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. 

Supervisors' Management School: November 6-10, 2016

Event Management School: January 15-20, 2017

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

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