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)
  • In addition, NYSRPS works in partnership with NCTRC and American Trails to offer CEUS for city planners, landscape architects and therapeutic recreation professionals. Questions, please contact or call (518) 584-0321.

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. See NYSRPS CEU 2019 Guidelines.

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

1. REGISTER EDUCATIONAL EVENT seeking CEUs. Fee as follows:

$30.00 - CEU Seminar Application seeking review for CPRP/CPRE only

$55.00 - CEU Seminar Application seeking review for CTRS or both CPRP/CPRE & CTRS

A processing fee for review of each abstract will also be charged. Fee as follows:

$20.00 processing fee per CTRS session needing review and $10.00 processing fee per CPRP/CPRE session needing review. Host organization will be billed by NYSRPS.

*REGIONAL PARTNER sponsored events ENJOY a 25% discount on all administrative and processing fees.

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

Upon approval, NYSRPS will send CEU forms for the event. Event host may charge attendees for CEUs (suggested amount of $10) and host retains all monies collected. This will help offset administrative costs, and in some cases may generate a small source of revenue.

3. Contact NYSRPS once all sessions are registered and you are ready to submit resumes for final review.


Sponsors of online events should provide proof of attendance to each learner as a record to submit for re-certification. Official documentation of continuing education credit must include name, attendance dates, and title of course or program, contact hours, or written certification by the instructor. If the course or program title is not reflective of the knowledge areas from the Job Analysis, a content outline should be submitted.

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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