Professional certification is the term applied to the process whereby an individual voluntarily submits his or her credentials for review based upon clearly identified competencies, criteria, or standards. The National Recreation & Park Association’s (NRPA) primary purpose for developing the Certified Park & Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is to ensure that personnel employed in recreation, park resources, and leisure services meet high standards of performance.
Certification is one way to achieve individual recognition, enhance self-esteem, and gain respect of parks and recreation peers and the public. Certification enhances the credibility of the individual and the profession as well as provides a reward system for those individuals who achieve a high level of professionalism. The accompanying plan for the national certification of recreation, park resources, and leisure service personnel in Virginia by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) affords a means of attesting to the education and experience qualifications of personnel employed for compensation in recreation, park resources and leisure service, in public, quasi-public, and private employment. Membership in the VRPS shall not be a prerequisite for certification.
Visit the Certification Details page for:
- Purposes of the VRPS Certification Plan
- Certification Glossary
- Why Become Certified?
- How Do I Become Certified?
- Who is Eligible?
- CPRP Qualifications
- Staying Certified
- CPRP National Exam
- NRPA Links