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Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) is a national certification program through the National Park and Recreation Association, and it establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative, and executive park and recreation professionals. CPRE certification places you in the company of an elite group of park and recreation managers and executives, and connect you to the latest trends and information. This program consists of two classes in October that will train... Details
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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. This program consists of four classes that will train and prepare... Details
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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. By registering, you gain access to 11 total webinars, February thru December, that consist of nationally known speakers or Illinois leaders in the field of parks and recreation. Using the Zoom platform, you can attend sessions live or access recordings on-demand. Either way, you get quality education at... Details
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When: September 20, 2019
Where: Geneva
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Designed by the National Recreation and Park Association and co-hosted by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, the CPSI certification program provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues, including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods. CPSI course participants will gain practical, hands-on training on how to apply the ASTM standards and the CPSC guidelines to playground... Details
When: October 2–4, 2019
Where: Normal, IL
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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. Following the meeting will a presentation titled "Building Racial Equity/Diversity... Details
When: October 2, 2019
Where: River Forest, IL
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IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) consists of special recreation professionals that either specialize or work in and around special recreation agencies. The section meeting will mainly consist of 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 ans events happening within the association. NWSRA will present about their agency and provide a light breakfast. This meeting is right before... Details
When: October 3, 2019
Where: Addison, IL
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Athletic Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around adult and youth athletic leagues, programs, and camps. The meeting will consist of an educational session from Positive Coaching Alliance followed by a roundtable discussion. If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational and networking purposes, you are encouraged to register.... Details
When: October 3, 2019
Where: Lisle, IL
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The Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Board is an elected group of park district professionals committed to the on-going, professional development of its stakeholders as well as the promotion of parks and recreation in Illinois.  The board meets several times throughout the calendar year to discuss topics such as dues, the association's 5-year rolling strategic plan, the proposed work plan, and the Board... Details
When: October 4, 2019
Where: Collinsville, IL
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The TR Leadership Summit, sponsored by IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, offers a full day of continuing education for professionals that work in and around special recreation. The day will consist of three 1.25-hour concurrent breakout sessions presented by highly-recognizable professionals in the field. Attendees can pick and choose the TR topic that best fits their personal and professional development needs. Lunch is included with registration. Following the education... Details
When: October 4, 2019
Where: Des Plaines, IL
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This month's webinar, The Revenue Game, is presented by Steve Schaprio of S&S Management Consulting Services, and he will explain how to accelerate revenue to enhance park district programs, services, and events. If you want to learn more about this topic or you're simply looking for more professional growth opportunities, you are encouraged to register for the Skills Development Webinar Series.

When: October 9, 2019
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Day Camp and School Age Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around before-and-after school programs and camps. The meeting will include a roundtable discussion of camp pricing, registration procedures, and camp pay scales.  If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational and networking purposes, you are encouraged to register. This ... Details
When: October 10, 2019
Where: Skokie, IL
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This workshop is a training program unique to current and future facility managers. Whether you oversee a community center, fitness center, athletic center, rental center, or specialty center, this program is designed for you.  Attendees will receive quality presentations from experts that work at leading Illinois agencies and walk away with resources that will help them build their facility portfolio and enhance operational... Details
When: October 11, 2019
Where: Naperville, IL
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The Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation (IPRF) is the philanthropic and support organization of IPRA and its members, committed to the investment in today's students and professionals in the field of parks and recreation.  Its goals are to promote and support continuing education and professional development of IPRA members and develop future leaders within the Association. This meeting is for IPRF board members... Details
When: October 11, 2019
Where: La Grange, IL
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Offered in partnership with the Office of Recreation, Park, and Tourism at Western Illinois University, Leadership Academy is an intensive, five-month program designed to build great leaders through the pillars of Global Leadership, Development, Change Management, Communication, and Innovation & Trends. Participants must apply and be accepted into the program to participate, and applications are generally accepted March thru June for the subsequent program year. If you aspire to... Details
When: October 15, 2019
Where: Naperville, IL