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2021 CPRP Discounted Exam Registration
The 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 within parks and recreation. We've partnered with the National Recreation and Park Association to offer a unique opportunity for IPRA members to register for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional exam at a discounted rate. Individuals seeking CPRP certification must meet the prescribed education and experience requirements through NRPA. Upon approval of eligibility, applicants will have one year (from date of approval) to complete the exam. Demonstrate your commitment to parks and recreation and take your career to the next level by becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional!
To sit for the CPRP exam, you must meet the following NRPA eligibility requirements:
Have received, or are set to receive, a Bachelor's degree from a program accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT),
Have a Bachelor's degree or higher from any institution in recreation, park resources, or leisure services, and no less than 1 year of full-time experience in the field,
Have a Bachelor's degree or higher in a major other than recreation, park resources, or leisure services, and no less than 3 years of full-time experience in the field,
Have an Associate's degree, and no less than 4 years of full-time experience in the field,
High school degree or equivalent, and 5 years of full-time experience in the field
Who Should Test:
Professionals from varying special interest groups and levels of experience (
must meet one criteria above
) are encouraged to pursue CPRP designation to stay at the forefront of the parks and recreation profession. Additionally, CPRP certification is a pre-requisite for Certified Park & Recreation Executive (CPRE) eligibility.
Eligibility and Test Date:
IPRA will submit list of candidates and payments to NRPA on April 1, 2021. NPRA will contact each candidate with instructions to submit eligibility. Once reviewed and accepted, NRPA will provide further information on how to register for the exam, which must be completed within 12 months from approval.
How to Prepare:
It is highly recommended attendees participate in an optional CPRP Exam Prep Course and purchase a 5th Edition NRPA CPRP Study Guide. On-line and self-guided courses are available through
, while live interactive courses are offered through IPRA twice per calendar year.
To add a study guide to your discounted exam purchase, scroll down to
next to CPRP Study Guide. IPRA will mail books to exam candidates by April 30, 2021.
Login to your IPRA account, then select "Register Myself". Non-members of IPRA are not eligible to register for this discount.
Note: Standard application and testing fee through NRPA is $270 NRPA Member and $314 NRPA Non-Member.
Standard study guide fee is $45 NRPA Member and $60 NRPA Non-Member.
Refunds for the exam will be issued to requests received on or before March 31, 2021, less a $25.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for the exam after the registration deadline, or the study guide.
Program is not approved for CEUs (Continuing Education Units are for certifications such as CPRE, CPRP, and CTRS).
to view NRPA's CPRP Exam Candidate Handbook, or contact IPRA Education Director Duane Smith at
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