Through national certification you join thousands of people who are committed to fostering the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of park and recreation programs and services.

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
Illustrates your commitment to the profession to current and potential employers as well as your knowledge and understanding of key concepts within parks and recreation.

Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE)
Establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative and executive park and recreation professionals at the highest level of certification.

Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)
Signifies to the public that you are a serious professional in the field of aquatics and committed to providing the community with the highest level of service and professional excellence.

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)
Provides the credentials to inspect playgrounds for safety ensuring that each playground meets current national standards.



Accreditation is a distinguished mark of excellence that affords external recognition of an organization's commitment to quality and improvement. Accreditation has two fundamental purposes; to assure quality and to assure improvement. NRPA administratively sponsors two distinct accreditation programs.

CAPRA Accreditation
The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits agencies for meeting overall quality of operation, management and service standards.

COAPRT Accreditation
The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions accredits college and university academic programs that specialize in those fields.