Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Certification: A Mark of Accomplishment

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Certification: A Mark of Accomplishment

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Based on feedback from the members regarding topics of interest for professional development, NRPA has developed a 1.2 CEU leadership certificate; the first in a series of new certificate programs. This program is a direct focus on leadership in the parks and recreation industry. Through this program, participants learn high-level leadership concepts in areas of operations, human capital management, strategic thinking, and diversity and cultural awareness along with practical applications for each of these concepts. The courses are a virtual experience that is much different from other online courses in that participants are encouraged throughout the course to brainstorm, workshop and write out their responses through various exercises to move beyond simple memorization to application of concepts and developing ways of thinking through difficult leadership decisions.

While NRPA provides several certification programs, professional development certificates represent a new and important direction for continued learning. …

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