Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Certification Process Assessed

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Certification Process Assessed

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During the course of the last fiscal year, NRPA partnered with Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) to assess the current professional certification program (CPRP) and the associated professional designations (PPRP & APRP). The study was created to find out the relevance and value of the certification program, and present significant findings to the Board of Trustees.

The assessment included three phases: value and relevancy of existing certification program, desirability and feasibility of a centrally administered program, and work plan development for the National Certification Board, which includes work to address the concerns outlined in the studies.

The first study (conducted in February of 2006) was designed to determine the perceived value and relevancy of the CPRP certification and related professional designations (PPRP, APRP). One important finding was that most professionals who have become certified are proud of their credentials and say it is worth more than the cost. That said, many also felt that the test content may be too entry-level to create the demand and respect of the industry.

Another concern that was brought to light was the education requirement. Many professionals surveyed said they are not eligible to sit for the examination because they do not have a college degree. It is important to note that a majority of the 1,000 people who responded to the survey were administrators and that there were virtually no differences in the demographics between certified and non-certified practitioners. …

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