Updated CPRP Study Materials

September 5, 2017, Department, by NRPA

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NRPA is proud to announce the release of updated study materials to coincide with the newly updated Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification, whose core competencies stem from the recent job task analysis on the role of park and recreation professionals. The study materials include a revised study guide and five expanded online courses covering the topics of human resources, operations, programming, finance and a new communication competency. The study materials also include a new practice exam with even more practice questions to better prepare you for the types of questions on and the length of the official CPRP exam.

The CPRP exam, one of the principal requirements for achieving certification, is designed to assess the base knowledge of job-related tasks common to entry-level park and recreation professionals in any region. It is administered under the auspices of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the National Certification Board (NCB). With these updated study materials, we hope to better prepare you for success on this journey to professional certification. For more information and to register for these products, visit our website.

AFO Program


14-15                                      Jupiter, Florida

20-21                                    Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

21-22                                     Littleton, Colorado

24-25                                    New Orleans, Louisiana

28-29                                    Pompano Beach, Florida


3-4                                          Ellensburg, Washington

5-6                                          Clearwater, Florida

12-13                                       Auburn, Alabama

12-13                                      Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

13-15                                       Cheney, Washington

19-20                                      North Miami, Florida

19-20                                     West Palm Beach, Florida

25-26                                     Hampton, Virginia


CPSI Program 


6-8                                     Honolulu, Hawaii

13-15                                  Leesburg, Virginia

13-15                                  Saratoga Springs, New York

18-20                                Griffin, Georgia 

20-22                                Dublin, Ohio

23-25                                 New Orleans, Louisiana 

27-29                                 Grand Rapids, Michigan


3-5                                     Homewood, Illinois

11-13                                   Jersey City, New Jersey

16-18                                  College Station, Texas

17-19                                   Statesville, North Carolina

24-26                                 Phoenix, Arizona


1-3                                       North Salt Lake, Utah


1-3                                       Lexington, South Carolina

6-8                                      TBD, Indiana

7-9                                       Riverside, California

14-16                                    Kansas City, Missouri

28-30                                  Auburn, Washington


4-6                                      Enola, Pennsylvania


Schools and Conferences

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

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

Event Management School - January 14-19, 2018

Maintenance Management School - January 28-February 1, 2018

Revenue Development School - March 11-16, 2018

Supervisors’ Management School – November 4-8, 2018

Director's School - August 26-31, 2018 (tentative)


NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities. 

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