Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP
)  CPRP certification is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals who want to be at the forefront of their profession. 

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

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 (i.e. programming, general administration, and operations management

  • Exam fees - $255 NRPA Members/$299 Non-NRPA Members

  • Study materials include CPRP Study Guide, CPRP Practice Exam, IPRA Prep Course, NRPA Prep Webinar 

  • (1) year of part-time work experience in the field (20 hours+ per week) = 6 months of full-time work experience in the field.

Additional NRPA CPRP Details