Tom O’Rourke to Lead NRPA Directors School

February 1, 2017, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

2017 February NRPA Update Professional Development 410

NRPA is proud to announce that Tom O’Rourke, executive director of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, is the new head of the NRPA Directors School. In addition to spending a significant amount of time educating park and recreation professionals, O’Rourke is on the Board of Regents at the NRPA Revenue School, the NRPA Directors School and is a past member of the Supervisors’ Management Board of Regents. He succeeds school co-founder and North Carolina State Professor Emeritus Dr. Phil Rea, who headed the school for its first 10 years and retired this past fall. The Directors School is made possible through our partnerships with North Carolina State University and the Oglebay National Training Center and through the sponsorship of The Toro Company. Please join us in welcoming Tom O’Rourke as our second school director.

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. 

22-24               Columbia, Tennessee
27-March 1      Irving, Texas
28-March 2     Sacramento, California

1-3                    Ashburn, Virginia
6-8                   Overland Park, Kansas
8-10                 Noblesville, Indiana
8-10                 Roseville, Minnesota
14-16                Phoenix, Arizona
14-16                Bismarck, North Dakota
15-17                 Denver, Colorado
22-24               Winter Park, Florida
28-30              St. Charles, Missouri
28-30              Auburn, Washington
29-31                Newport News, Virginia

4-6                     East Hartford, Connecticut
4-6                     South Burlington, Vermont
4-6                     Sioux Falls, South Dakota
12-14                  Post Falls, Idaho


AFO Program

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

1-2                     Wilmington, Delaware
2-3                    Little Rock, Arkansas
6-7                    Seattle, Washington
7-8                    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
9-10                  Auburn, Alabama
9-10                  Canton, Michigan
9-10                  Westerville, Ohio
14-15                 Tullahoma, Tennessee
15-16                  Derby, Kansas
15-16                  Ashburn, Virginia
23-24                Margate, Florida
29-31                 Cheney, Washington
30-31                Anaheim, California

5-6                     Wilmington, Delaware
25-26                 Sacramento, California
25-26                 Sioux Falls, South Dakota
26-27                  Lawrence, Kansas


Schools and Conferences

All NRPA Schools are held at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia, unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Directors School: August 27- September 1, 2017

NRPA 2017 Annual Conference: September 26-28, 2017 – New Orleans, Louisiana