Professional Certifications

Several professional certification programs are available to Parks and Recreation Professsionals.

(CPRP) Certified Parks and Recreation Professional
CPRP is considered the “gold standard” of Parks and Recreation Professionals.  The CPRP exam is administered by the National Recreation and Park Association.  More information can be found online at National Recreation & Park Association

(CPSI) Certified Playground Safety Inspector
The CPSI exam is administered through the National Recreation and Park Association.  CPSIs are individuals certified to inspect playgrounds for safety hazards and to ensure compliance with national standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  For information on how to become certified, please click here.

(AFO) Aquatics Facility Operator
The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) program is a state-of-the-art 5 year certification for professionals managing and operating aquatic facilities. Individuals who obtain the AFO credential are knowledgeable in the systematic approach to pool operations including pool chemistry, management, pool safety and risk reduction.  For information on how to become certified, please click here.

(CPO) Certified Pool Operator
In the State of New Jersey it is required to have a CPO for a public swimming pool.  A Certified Pool Operator is responsible for public pool operations including proper pool chemistry, safety and risk reduction.  The CPO exam is administered through multiple pool operations agencies.  Courses near you can be found online through a Google Search, enter keywords: State of New Jersey, CPO Exam.

(CTRS) Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Offered to qualified individuals by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). This professional recognition is granted based on education, experience, an exam, and continued professional development. For more information on NCTRC, current standards, and exam dates please go to