The Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s continuing education offers something for all levels of experience within a broad range of roles in the field of parks and recreation. The platforms provided for continuing education range from webinars at your desk to multiday schools throughout the state. 

So, whether you decide to log in for one of our webinars or attend a half-week school, 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. IPRA is committed to providing you with access to high quality and affordable professional development opportunities. Review our educational calendar and sign up today!

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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 exciting days of quality educational programming, networking and professional development.

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Professional Development School (PDS) is the longest-running educational and networking opportunity offered by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association. Professional Development School provides park and recreation professionals the opportunity to comfortably network with individuals throughout the state as well as experience high-quality education in a small, student-focused atmosphere. 

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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.  Attend every session live or access recordings on-demand.  Either way, you get the cutting edge-ucation you need at unbelievable low prices. 

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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. 

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.

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.

Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) - The AFO program provides the most comprehensive and up-to date training for pool operators and includes information on water chemistry, disinfection, mechanical systems, operations, healthy pools and safety.

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The IPRA ProConnect Mentorship Program is designed to create an innovative partnership between three people based on their commitment to the mentoring process, common goals / expectations, mutual trust and respect. Mentoring is a "give-and-receive" process with the goal of providing a rich and rewarding group experience for early-career, mid-career, and advanced/retired professionals. 

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Through IPRA's seven section member
groups, various job specific education and workshops are offered throughout the year. Topics range from the areas of Administration & Finance, Communication & Marketing, Diversity, Facility Management, Parks & Natural Resources, Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation. 

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