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Parks & Recreation Certifications


NRPA Certification Programs

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.



1. Greater career opportunities and advancement
2. Demonstration of your commitment to the parks and recreation profession
3. Enhanced quality of parks and recreation services nationwide
4. Recognition for your accomplishments and ability to meet national standards
5. Expansion of your skills and knowledge through continuing professional development

The National Recreation and Park Association certification programs are governed by the National Certification Board; four certifications are currently offered.


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.

Colorado CPRP's

Click here for a complete list of Colorado Professionals with the CPRP designation (updated September 2012)


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. More than 16,000 aquatic facility operators have gained certification in the program's 16 years of existence.

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) provides the credentials to inspect playgrounds for safety ensuring that each playground meets the current national standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 

For questions or further information on certification, please email NRPA at

Request for CEU's

The CEU Request Form is used to request approval for Continuing Education Units from the Colorado Professional Certification Board for an education or training program. To insure the outcome of your request is known prior to CEU advertisements in program brochures, it is recommended that this form be submitted as soon as the program is planned. This form must be completed no later than 45 days prior to your program date. Please allow 3-4 weeks for response.

CPRA or Section sponsored events/trainings- test it to access the form.

Non-CPRA events/trainings- Click here to access the form.

CEU Transcripts

To request a copy of your CEU transcript, click here. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your request to be processed.

 For more information regarding request for CEU's or requesting transcripts, please email us at


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