Magazine article Parks & Recreation

CPRP Certification: The Key to Career Advancement

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

CPRP Certification: The Key to Career Advancement

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The Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification, an essential piece of a park and recreation professional's career development, opens doors to career advancement, provides a sense of personal pride and accomplishment, and, overall, helps to raise the level of efficiency of the agency with which you are employed. While agency director in Davenport, Iowa, from 2008 to 2013, I provided staff with the opportunity to become certified, and at one point, 10 out of 40 full-time staff (25 percent) was CPRP certified. Providing this opportunity also unintentionally created a friendly competition among the staff to see who would become certified first.

In Louisville, Kentucky, where I'm currently the director, we are in the process of annually certifying at least 10 staff for the next three years. We are a large department with more than 300 full-time staff, and in the annual strategic planning process, the team members from various levels of the agency chose to make this a priority. …

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