Certified Park and Recreation Executive  (CPRE
) establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative and executive parks and recreation professionals.  CPRE certification places you in the company of an elite group of parks and recreation managers and executives and connects you to the latest trends and information.

Qualifications to sit for the CPRE Examination

  • Hold a current Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification, or have held CPRP certification whose expiration date is within two years of the date of application for the CPRE, AND
  • Hold a master's or higher degree from a regionally accredited education institution, and 3 years of professional full-time manager experience, OR
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a program accredited by the Council On Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredited program and 4 years of professional full-time manager experience, OR
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited education institution (from a non-COAPRT accredited program), with a major in recreation, park resources, or a related professional and 5 years of professional full-time manager experience, OR
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited education institution, with a major other than recreation, park resources, or a related profession and 6 years of professional full-time manager experience, OR
  • Hold an associate degree from a regionally accredited education institution and 8 years of professional full-time manager experience, OR
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalency certificate from a regionally accredited institution and 10 years of professional full-time manager experience.

Important Information

  • CPRE Certification is achieved by successfully passing the CPRE Certification Examination

  • CPRE Examination can be taken at computer-based testing facilities throughout the US

  • CPRE Examination is a 150 question exam – 25 questions are pre-test

  • CPRE Certification lasts for 3 years

  • Renewal is achieved by obtaining 3.0 CEUs within the 3 year certification cycle. CEUs must be achieved in topics highlighted by the CPRE core competencies and job tasks.  


2023 Discounted CPRE Certification Exam Program   
2023 CPRE Virtual Exam Preparation Program - Series A & B