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NPRA's Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) certification establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative, and executive park and recreation professionals. This is a nationally accredited mastery-level certificate, and its the highest level a park and recreation professional can achieve. CPRE certification places you in the company of an elite group of park and recreation managers and professionals, demonstrates your knowledge and leadership as it relates to... Details
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Certified Park and Recreation Professional, or CPRP, is a national certification program through the National Recreation and Park Association, and it is designed for park and recreation professionals that wish to put their career on the path to success. Achieving and maintaining this nationally-recognized certification illustrates a commitment to professional growth as well as an intricate understanding of key concepts within the field of parks and recreation. IPRA is offering two... Details
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Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course - Fall 2021
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The Skills Development Webinar Series provides park district professionals with access to monthly professional development opportunities from the comfort of their home or office. Register as an individual or an agency and gain access to 11 webinars, one per month February thru December, that showcase nationally-known speakers and industry leaders. This unique program is designed to meet the needs of park and recreation professionals by providing subscribers with the option to... Details
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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are cordially inviting you to participate in an IPRA Safe Zone Conversation on the topic of Latinx. A Safe Zone Conversation (SZC) is simply defined as civil dialogue amongst a group of people purposely engineered to discuss human topics that can be deemed sensitive, uncomfortable, or complex in nature. We are seeing more and more professionals talk about Latinx, acknowledge vulnerabilities, and listen to others with different... Details
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Virtual Lifeguard Games 2021
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This is the first in a series of six virtual classes designed to prepare individuals for the National Recreation and Park Association's Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) exam. All six classes will be facilitated by IPRA Education Director Duane Smith in collaboration with guest speakers.

When: August 3, 2021
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially designated burnout an “occupational phenomenon”. Professional burnout is on the rise as people around the world continue to adjust and cope with new restrictions in their work and personal lives. Mindfulness can be a superpower helping us relate to our stress better. By investigating what is causing our stress and ways we can shift our perspective to what is truly important, we can find more balance in our everyday lives. Led by... Details
When: August 5, 2021
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This is the second of six in a series of virtual classes designed to prepare individuals for the National Recreation and Park Association's Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) exam. All six classes will be facilitated by IPRA Education Director Duane Smith in collaboration with guest speakers.

When: August 10, 2021
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Located within IPRA's Facility Management (FM) Section, the Fitness Center Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around fitness and fitness centers.  If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational and networking purposes, you are encouraged to register. This is a members-only event, but guests interested learning more about IPRA are welcome to... Details
When: August 10, 2021
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This month's webinar, Special Event Design, is presented by Annie Frisoli of Creating Community LLC, and she is going to lead an engaging and thought-provoking session about the stages of customer experience and how you can strategize to enhance your programs and events to make every experience count for your patrons. If you want to learn more about this topic and participate in the webinar program, you are encouraged to register for the 2021 Skills Development Webinar Series. All... Details
When: August 11, 2021
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This meeting is for IPRF board members and invited guests only.

When: August 13, 2021
Where: IL
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This is the third of six in a series of virtual classes designed to prepare individuals for the National Recreation and Park Association's Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) exam. All six classes will be facilitated by IPRA Education Director Duane Smith in collaboration with guest speakers.

When: August 17, 2021
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IPRA's Diversity (DIV) Section consists of park district professionals from all areas of leisure services that seek to learn more about diversity and its role in the workplace. The section meeting will begin with reports from the Section Board and each committee Chair, and an IPRA liaison will be in attendance to provide updates to the membership about news and events happening within the association.  If you are interested in joining the section or simply wish to attend for... Details
When: August 18, 2021
Where: IL