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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. Delivered by Mike Selep (NWCSRA) and Katie Troline (Gold Medal,... 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. The exam prep program... Details
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Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course - Fall 2020
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The Skills Development Webinar Recordings provide park district professionals with on-demand access to previously-recorded professional development opportunities from the 2020 Webinar Series. This is a great opportunity for those interested in learning about niche topics and listening to preferred industry experts, without having to commit to a larger program. Recordings are approximately one-hour in length and qualify for continuing education units. Each month's recording will be... 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 webinars, one per month February thru December, that consist of nationally known speakers and leaders in the field of parks and recreation. Utilizing the Zoom platform, registrants can participate in live webinars or access recordings on-demand. Space is limited, and... Details
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This is the first 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 presented by IPRA Education Director Duane Smith in collaboration with guest speakers, all of which will provide attendees with an intensive review of parks and recreation in the content areas of Programming, Human Resources, Communications, Finance, and Operations. It ... Details
When: September 2, 2020
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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: September 3, 2020
Where: IL
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This month's webinar, Busy Doesn't Mean Productive, is presented by Dean Heffta of Clarus Results LLC, and he will introduce tools and insights to help every person get back in control of their lives, build meaning into their work, and create better outcomes for their organization. If you want to learn more about this topic and participate in the webinar program, you can register for the 2020 Skills Development Webinar Series or purchase an on-demand recording for the month. All live ... Details
When: September 9, 2020
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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 presented by IPRA Education Director Duane Smith in collaboration with guest speakers, all of which will provide attendees with an intensive review of parks and recreation in the content areas of Programming, Human Resources, Communications, Finance, and Operations.... Details
When: September 9, 2020
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Located within IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, the New Professionals Committee consists of new professionals that have been in the field of therapeutic recreation for five (5) years or less.  This meeting we will be discussing successes and adjustments made to Summer programs so far and any other topics the group would like to discuss.  If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational and networking purposes, you are encouraged to... Details
When: September 10, 2020
Where: 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: September 11, 2020
Where: La Grange, IL
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Sponsored by IPRA’s Joint Section Education Committee, this virtual event will bring together IPRA’s Sections for "Weathering Storms and Staying Prepared" by Dr. Jon Kedrowski followed by board meetings.  Attendees will get to choose which Section Board Meeting to attend after the speaker which will include:  Administration & Finance, Communications & Marketing, Diversity, Facility Management, Parks & Natural Resource Management, Recreation, and Therapeutic Recreation.  If you are... Details
When: September 16, 2020
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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: September 17, 2020
Where: IL
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This month's webinar, Busy Doesn't Mean Productive, is presented by Dean Heffta of Clarus Results LLC, and he will introduce tools and insights to help every person get back in control of their lives, build meaning into their work, and create better outcomes for their organization. If you want to learn more about this topic and participate in the webinar program, you can register for the 2020 Skills Development Webinar Series or purchase an on-demand recording for the month. All live ... Details
When: September 17, 2020
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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.  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 attend.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch to eat... Details
When: September 17, 2020