New York State
Recreation & Park Society

Educational Opportunities

NYSRPS is very pleased to share incredible opportunities this fall for professional development and certification. While programs have switched to a virtual format, they will be no less comprehensive and presented by the recreation industry's top professionals. We thank you for participating and look forward to serving your professional development needs during this different kind of year.


The NRPA National Playground Safety Inspector course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered. Advanced reading and 15 hours of training will prepare you to sit for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector exam given at the end of the course. This course is led by NRPA provided instructors and it is a national certification, not state specific.

See CPSI COURSE information for our 2020 blended program.


The Downstate Conference hosted by New York's Affiliate Partners WRAPS, HVLSA, METRO, NYSTRA and NYSRPS is celebrated annually to give park, recreation and therapeutic professionals a chance to gather for professional development, networking and camaraderie. Sessions offer a chance to earn Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for park and recreation recertifications of CPRP / CPRE as well as CTRS for therapeutic professionals.

See the 2020 Virtual Downstate Conference Program information.


Webinars are a wonderful way to develop professionally from the comfort of your home and earn credit towards certifications. NYSRPS has specifically identified three partners for delivering vital information via webinars. While COVID-19 forced the cancellation of our annual conference and live learning opportunities, it surely opened the door to this virtual system for engagement and continuing educational opportunities. See the latest webinar offerings.


Celebrated in the springtime, the NYSRPS Annual Conference and Expo is the largest gathering of park, recreation and therapeutic recreation professionals in New York State. With a focus on professional development, the annual conference typically offers 50+ educational sessions led by dynamic presenters on a variety of relevant recreation topics. Commercial park providers have the chance to share the latest and greatest trends in the recreation industry. The annual conference program includes offsite visits to local attractions and includes a lively calendar of nighttime socials, as well.

New York State Recreation & Park Society  501 C3 Not-for-Profit Organization

19 Roosevelt Drive, Suite 200 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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