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Learn and Grow with NRPA

2012-05-01, Department

NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that will make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.  Whether you’re a park and recreation professional, student in the field, concerned citizen, or your business is associated with the park and recreation field, NRPA offers a wealth of educational resources: 

• Online Learning (
The NRPA Online Learning Center is a cost-effective and flexible way to educate staff, provide training, and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) without leaving the comfort of your home or office. 

• Webinars (
NRPA Webinars offer the opportunity to get professional development and education through subject matter experts in an easy, interactive, cost-effective manner. We offer a variety of webinars each month for public awareness and your professional development.   Upcoming webinars:

5/3 Parks are Serving Communities – Creating Successful Children’s Feeding Programs (FREE)
5/10  Are You Prepared? 2010 ADA Standards Now in Effect
5/15 Promoting Parks with Social Media (FREE)
5/17 CAPRA Agency Training - The Role of the Visiting Chair
5/23 Background Checks--Why Database Searches Are Not Enough

• 2012 Congress (
The 2012 NRPA Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, California, will provide hundreds of education and learning opportunities through interest areas specifically tailored to help you get over any challenges you may face within the parks and recreation field. 

• Certification Programs (
The Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources, and leisure services profession who meet high standards of performance.  Practice exams are available through the Online Learning Center.

The Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) certification can be achieved by individuals employed in the recreation, park resources, and leisure services profession who meet high standards of performance at a mastery (middle to upper management) level.

The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) is a state-of-the-art certification for pool operators and aquatic facility managers. Upcoming trainings:
5/10-5/11 Beaverton, OR
6/25-6/26 Leavenworth, WA   

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) provides the credentials to inspect playgrounds for safety ensuring that each playground meets the current national. Practice exams are available through the Online Learning Center.  Upcoming trainings:
5/8-5/10 Milford, CT 
5/22-5/24 La Grangeville, NY 
5/22-5/24 Arlington, TX 
6/6-6/8  Sunrise, FL 

Keep up on the latest developments and trends in the field. Learn and grow with NRPA.


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