Park, Recreation and Therapeutic Professionals can improve their professional status by attaining becoming a certified professional through NRPA. Once certified professionals need to maintain their certification by getting CEU’s. For more information regarding the following certification types visit www.nrpa.org.


  • Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
  • Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE)
  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO)
  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)

For current certification opportunities please visit our Events Page.


What are CEU’s and How Can I Get Them?

A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is defined as a minimum of one (1) hour of participation in an organized educational experience, and is mandatory for recertification under the Certified Park and Recreation Professional status (CPRP) and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). NYSRPS follows the IACET guidelines for CEUs. CEUs are available to organizations, through an application process. Individuals will no longer be able to apply for CEUs, any requests will now be directed to NRPA for equivalency credit towards their CPRP or CTRS renewal. Please contact sponsoring organizations for their criteria for certifications other than CPRP.


Organizations seeking NYSRPS CEU credit for upcoming seminars or conferences...

must complete a SEMINAR APPLICATION REQUEST FOR CEUs with payment. Session abstracts need to accompany this request for seminar CEUs, as well.We ask all organizations to use the provided NYSRPS fillable abstract for your program. Please add your own cover letter specific to your conference for speakers. We ask you to submit our provided abstract as it complies with all areas needed for CEU approval.

Application must be submitted 6-8 weeks prior to seminar date.

Hosting an event or workshop you would like to qualify for CEU's? Please complete this Request for CEUs Seminar Application.

Do you have specific sessions you would like to get approved? PLEASE USE the provided NYSRPS approved ABSTRACT here.