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Professional Development
​Professional Development Opportunities
The Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services profession who meet high standards of performance. Students in the Recreation and Event Management concentration who are focusing on community-based recreation will be prepared to take the CPRP certification exam during their final semester of enrollment at CMU.

The Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) certification can be achieved by individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services profession who meet high standards of performance at a mastery (middle to upper management level).  This is an advanced certification available by exam to recreation, park resources and leisure services professionals who have advanced in their career beyond entry-level positions.

The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) is a state-of-the-art certification for pool operators and aquatic facility managers. More than 16,000 aquatic facility operators have gained certification in the program's 16 years of existence.  The Aquatic Facility Operator certification is often required of professionals with responsibility of managing, operating, or supervising the operations of aquatic facilities.

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) provides the credentials to inspect playgrounds for safety ensuring that each playground meets the current national standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).​ 

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