New York State
Recreation & Park Society

Professional Certifications

Park, Recreation and Therapeutic Professionals can improve their professional status by attaining becoming a certified professional through NRPA. Once certified professionals need to maintain their certification by getting CEUs. For more information regarding the following certification types visit


  • Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE)
  • Certified Pool Operator (CPO)
  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)

What are CEUs and How Can I Get Them?

A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is defined as a minimum of one (1) hour of participation in an organized educational experience, and is mandatory for recertification under the Certified Park and Recreation Professional status (CPRP) and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). NYSRPS follows the IACET guidelines for CEUs. CEUs are available to organizations, through an application process. Individuals will no longer be able to apply for CEUs, any requests will now be directed to NRPA for equivalency credit towards their CPRP or CTRS renewal. Please contact sponsoring organizations for their criteria for certifications other than CPRP.

Important CEU Update By NYSRPS

On June 10th, 2019 the New York State Recreation and Park Society's Executive Board approved a new process for administering Continuing Education Units (CEUs). While most procedures remain the same, the process by which sessions are reviewed and pre-approved for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) CEUs has changed. NYSRPS will now be applying for pre-approved status of therapeutic recreation sessions directly to the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) the ultimate agency responsible for awarding re-certifications for CTRS. A new alphabet to learn for sure!  See the newly released 2019 NYSRPS CEU Guidelines.

Seeking CEU approval for upcoming seminars or conferences? The Process is as simple as 1-2-3!


2. NYSRPS will provide an online abstract for you to share with presenters, so session content may be collected for review. 

3. Contact NYSRPS once all sessions are registered and you are ready to submit resumes for final review. A processing fee for review of each abstract will be charged. See NYSRPS CEU Guidelines for details.


Are you a certified professional and would like to give back to the profession you love? Consider serving on the NYSRPS Review Committee. This is an excellent way to volunteer on your own time, at your own pace. Contact Kristine Zingaro, Professional Development Chair if interested.

For questions regarding CEUs or additional information, please contact NYSRPS

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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