Recreation Department Staff Earns National Certification for Parks and Recreation

John Shea, Superintendent of Recreation, along with Recreation Supervisors, Toby Ross, Kevin Rutherford and Greg Sauber were recently certified as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board (NCB) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

The CPRP certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services professions who meet the eligibility requirements—including a combination of higher education and/or work experience—and who successfully complete the national CPRP examination.  The examination tests knowledge in all aspects of general administration, programming and operations management for parks and recreation.  CPRP certifications are valid for a period of two years, and professionals who wish to re-apply are required to complete a professional continuing education unit requirements or equivalent academic course work.

Individuals certified as CPRPs meet high standards of education, expertise and experience established in the field for park and recreation professionals, and many agencies recommend or require CPRP certification when hiring for professional positions.

“It is wonderful that our recreation staff is committed to the professional and continued education” said John Muno, Executive Director of the Winnetka Park District. “Their passion for public parks and recreation is tested daily with the quality programs, events and services they bring to the community”.

The CPRP program is offered by the National Certification Board in coordination with NRPA and the CPRP Certification Committee.