Professional Development Opportunities
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.
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
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).