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Leadership Academy 

Leadership Academy is an intensive six-month program that benefits park and recreational professionals. There are three levels to the Academy and the curriculum and each level will focus on building great leaders to strengthen parks and recreation agencies. Read More

Professional Development School

Professional Development School (PDS) is the longest standing educational and networking opportunity offered by IPRA. The tradition of Illinois park and recreation professionals attending Professional Development School goes back many years creating thousands of PDS graduates. Read More



iLearn is a multi-faceted program which selected applicants are placed into small groups. Participants will do a literature review and research a hot topic,  discuss the topic’s implications to the field of parks & recreation and potentially be published via the University of Illinois Graduate program. They will also present their findings at the Annual IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights conference as the conclusion of the program.  iLearn Application   
New applicants due by July 1, 2017.


IPRA Skills Development Webinar Series

Monthly Education delivered to your door! Changing Perspectives - Focus on Customers, Creativity, Community and Connections.  Read More


Certification Programs  

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) - 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).  The CPSI Course is a preparatory tool for the CPSI Certification Examination. Read More

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) - CPRP certification is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals who want to be at the forefront of their profession. Read More

Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE)  -The CPRE establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative and executive parks and recreation professionals.  CPRE certification places you in the company of an elite group of parks and recreation managers and executives and connects you to the latest trends and information. Read More



IPRA is committed to providing you with access to high quality and affordable professional development opportunities.   Whether you decide to log in for one of our webinars or attend a workshop, we want to effectively use our time together to enhance your understanding of a subject matter or introduce you to a method of doing something new that helps you in your position today and in the future.  Review our educational calendar and sign up today!