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The Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals who want to be at the forefront of their profession. Attaining the CPRP designation shows that you have met education and experience qualifications, and illustrates your commitment to the profession as well as your knowledge and understanding of key concepts within parks and recreation. We've partnered with the National Recreation and Park... Details
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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. We've partnered with the National Recreation and Park Association to offer a unique opportunity for IPRA members to register for the Certified Park and Recreation Executive exam at a discounted rate. Individuals seeking CPRE... Details
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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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The Skills Development Webinar Series provides park and recreation, conservation, and forest preserve 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... Details
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The Forest Preserve and Conservation Section (FPC) develops continuing education and networking opportunities for forest preserve/conservation district professionals.

When: January 9, 2023
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Senior Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around seniors.  This is a members-only event, but guests interested in learning more about IPRA are welcome to attend.

When: January 10, 2023
Where: Lockport, IL
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A dramatic shift in community communication preferences is currently taking place; a growing number of people prefer messaging over more traditional channels such as email and telephone. Presented by Hanz van Aardt, President of VoyagerNetz Group, our first lunch & learn of the year will share practical experience from program implementation at a Park District, discuss how message-based communication can be used to enhance the overall communication experience for the community and... Details
When: January 13, 2023
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Early Childhood Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around early childhood programs.  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: January 13, 2023
Where: IL
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the School Age & Day Camp Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around before-and-after school programs and camps.  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 in learning more about IPRA are welcome to... Details
When: January 17, 2023
Where: Carol Stream, IL
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Special Events Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around special events.  If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend the event for educational and networking purposes, you are encouraged to register. This is a members-only event, but guests interested in learning more about IPRA are welcome to... Details
When: January 18, 2023
Where: West Chicago, IL
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Located within IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, the Inclusion Committee consists of a group of special recreation professionals that either specialize or work in and around inclusion services. The meeting will consist of networking opportunities and sharing ideas to better implement inclusion services within each professional's respective community. If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational and networking purposes, you are... Details
When: January 19, 2023
Where: IL
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Taking place during the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference, Agency Showcase is a spirited competition spotlighting bright ideas exhibited by park, recreation, and conservation agencies. This professionally judged competition recognizes Illinois agencies for their marketing and communication efforts ranging from print to multimedia. Presented by Vermont Systems, the 2022 Agency Showcase includes two divisions and 13 categories in which to enter. Agencies may choose to enter... Details
When: January 26–27, 2023
Where: Chicago, IL
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As the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves, and conservation agencies in Illinois, the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference brings together more than 4,200 professionals and elected officials for three days of exciting and quality educational programming, networking, and professional development. Featuring over 150 educational sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall where more than 300 exhibitors showcase their latest and greatest products... Details
When: January 26–28, 2023
Where: Chicago, IL
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IPRA's Communications & Marketing (C&M) Section consists of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around marketing, communications, graphic design, and sponsorship. The event takes place on Thursday evening of the 2023 Soaring to New Heights Conference, and consists of a social, presentation of the Section's Distinguished Award winner, and announcement of the Agency Showcase winners. If you are interested in joining the section or simply wish to attend for ... Details
When: January 26, 2023
Where: Chicago, IL