Certified Park and Recreation Professional  (CPRP
) certification is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals who want to be at the forefront of their profession. Attaining the CPRP designation shows that you have met education and experience qualifications, and illustrates your commitment to the profession as well as your knowledge and understanding of key concepts in parks and recreation. 

Qualifications to sit for the CPRP Examination

  • Have just received, or are set to receive, a Bachelor’s degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation(Students who have not yet graduated from an COA accredited program with a major in recreation, park resources, and leisure services but are in their final semester on campus may be able to qualify for exam status)

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree from any institution in recreation, park resources, or leisure services; and also have no less than 1 year of full-time experience in the field

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in a major other than recreation, park resources, or leisure services; and also have no less than 3 years of full-time experience in the field

  • Have a high school degree or equivalent, and have 5 years of full-time experience in the field

    Note: (1) year of part-time work experience in the field = 6 months of full-time work experience


Important Information

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

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

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

  • CPRP Certification lasts for 2 years

  • Renewal is achieved by obtaining 2.0 CEUs within the 2 year certification cycle.  CEUs must be achieved in topics highlighted by the CPRP core competencies and job tasks.   

 
2021 CPRP Discounted Exam Program
2021 CPRP Virtual Exam Preparation Program