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We know that today's park and recreation professionals want to reach their professional goals through education that fits their lifestyles, whether through classroom training, conference education events or fully online. NRPA supports the membership by providing an array of online learning opportunities. Tailored educational courses are offered in the following areas:

If you wish to view and search a full listing of our online learning offerings, please check out the online learning catalog.

Current Courses

  • 2019 NRPA Live Complete Conference Package

    Contains 23 Product(s)

    The 2019 NRPA Live complete package (1.8 CEUs) includes all three days of live streaming with a total of nine full education sessions and five speed sessions. This package also includes access to recordings of an additional nine full education sessions and five speed sessions. These recorded sessions will be available following the live streamed event.

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    The 2019 NRPA Live complete package (1.8 CEUs) includes all three days of live streaming with a total of nine full education sessions and five speed sessions. This package also includes access to recordings of an additional nine full education sessions and five speed sessions. These recorded sessions will be available following the live streamed event.

    The sessions included in this bundle are:

    Tuesday Live:

    Wednesday Live:

    Thursday Live:

    Bonus Recorded Content (accessible after the conference):

    • Responding to Disaster; The Role of Parks and Recreation
    • How to use Public Parks to Improve Climate, Health, and Equity Outcomes
    • The Vision and the Visual: Creative/Artist Partnerships in Parks and Recreation
    • What’s in Your Water? Avoiding Water Quality Incidents
    • Suicide Talk; a Conversation to Create Awareness
    • Parks and Recreation Supporting Mental Health Challenges
    • Big Data in Customer Service and Why it Matters
    • How to Start, Build, and Grow your Local Park Foundation
  • NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Budget and Finance

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals for budgeting and finances as they relate to aquatic management. 0.3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.

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    This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals for budgeting and finances as they relate to aquatic management. Learners will be presented the with principals and resources to describe the budget process and an organizational objectives. This course provides insight for calculation expenses, setting price points, estimating revenues, achieving targets, determining return on investment, and areas of alternative funding. Additional resources include beginning spreadsheets and reporting documents.

    Credit: 0.3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

  • NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Maintenance

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals for maintenance as it relates to aquatic management. Learners will be introduced to the essential topics for AFO Renewal (Group B)

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    This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals for maintenance as it relates to aquatic management. Learners will be presented with how to apply a Planned Maintenance System to conduct daily and preventative maintenance for facility management. Advanced maintenance planning methods and resources are shared along with hearing how current events shape the future of maintenance management. 

    Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.


  • NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Risk Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course provides an understanding of the fundamentals for risk management as it relates to aquatic management. Essential topics discussed include risk mitigation to protect aquatic staff, patrons and the aquatic facility as a whole. 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.​

     

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    This course provides the fundamentals of aquatic risk management including risk reduction to enhance aquatic safety. Learners will understand the importance in developing policies and procedures for safety and risk mitigation as they relate to aquatic management.

    Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

  • NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Programming and Event Planning

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course provides the fundamentals of Program & Event planning for the Aquatic Management Professional. Credit: 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.

       

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    This course provides the fundamentals of Program & Event planning for the Aquatic Management Professional. Learners will understand the integral role of programming and events for the success of aquatic facilities. Essential topics include creative ways enhance programming and collaborations. 

    Credit: 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

  • NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Human Resource Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course provides the fundamentals of human resource management​. Learners will be able to ​​identify the core components of the recruitment process and communicate effectively with employees. Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.

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    This course provides the fundamentals of human resource management. Learners will be able to identify the core components of the recruitment process and communicate effectively with employees. Essential topics include the implementation and delivery of performance evaluations and engaging your multi-generational teams.

    Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

  • NRPA Aquatic Management Professional: Marketing

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course provides the fundamentals of Marketing for the Aquatic Management Professional. Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.​

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    This course provides the fundamentals of Marketing for the Aquatic Management Professional. Learners will be able to recognize the components of a marketing plan, how to apply marketing strategies to aquatic programming and to identify their marketing segments and how to best reach them.

    Credit: 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this course can be applied to Group B of an AFO renewal.


    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

  • NRPA Splash Pad Certificate: Planning

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    As a part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate, Planning helps you to define your community needs and expected benefits, assess proposed sites to ensure proper placement, outline a site plan and create a budget plan for design and ongoing maintenance costs for splash pad features.

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    Planning

    As a part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate, Planning helps you to define your community needs and expected benefits, assess proposed sites to ensure proper placement, outline a site plan and create a budget plan for design and ongoing maintenance costs for splash pad features. This course provides a directed exploration of the planning process as an agency considers the option of a splash pad feature for a park.
    After completion of this course, you should be able to:

    • Define community needs and expected benefits;
    • Assess proposed site to ensure proper placement;
    • Outline a site plan; and
    • Create budget plans for design and ongoing maintenance costs

    The certificate includes four online courses, each focused on key areas of the implementation and operation of splash pad facilities. To receive your Splash Pad Certificate, you must complete each of the four courses. While anyone may sign up for this planning course, you must be currently AFO or CPO certified to enroll for the Operations and Maintenance courses within this certificate program.

  • NRPA Splash Pad Certificate: Design

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    As part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate, the Design course will help you to demonstrate knowledge of current safety standards, select appropriate elements based on site plans, and identify other site considerations for splash pad features.

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    Design

    As a part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate, the Design course will help you to demonstrate knowledge of current safety standards, select appropriate elements based on site plans, and identify other site considerations for splash pad features.

    The certificate includes four online courses, each focused on key areas of the implementation and operation of splash pad facilities. To receive your Splash Pad Certificate, you must complete each of the four courses. While anyone may sign up for this planning course, you must be currently AFO or CPO certified to enroll for the Operations and Maintenance and Repair courses within this certificate program.

  • NRPA Splash Pad Certificate: Operations

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    As part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate, the Operations course will help you identify liabilities, create a risk management plan, implement management and safety practices and identify potential programming and rental opportunities for splash pad features.

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    Operations

    As a part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate,the Operations course will help you identify liabilities, create a risk management plan, implement management and safety practices and identify potential programming and rental opportunities for splash pad features.

    You must be currently AFO or CPO certified to enroll in this course. 

    The certificate includes four online courses, each focused on key areas of the implementation and operation of splash pad facilities. To receive your Splash Pad Certificate, you must complete each of the four courses. 

  • NRPA Splash Pad Certificate: Maintenance

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    As part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate, the Maintenance course will help you to form knowledge of maintenance techniques and identify and implement appropriate repairs for splash pad features.

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    Maintenance

    As a part of NRPA's Splash Pad Certificate,the Maintenance course will help you to form knowledge of maintenance techniques and identify and implement appropriate repairs for splash pad features.

    You must be currently AFO or CPO certified to enroll in this course. 

    The certificate includes four online courses, each focused on key areas of the implementation and operation of splash pad facilities. To receive your Splash Pad Certificate, you must complete each of the four courses. 

  • NRPA Splash Pad Certificate

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    NRPA’s Splash Pad Certificate Program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to create and implement a water play recreation area for your agency and community. By completing this online certificate program, you will gain the expertise necessary to plan, design, operate and maintain a splash pad facility.

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    NRPA’s Splash Pad Certificate Program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to create and implement a water play recreation area for your agency and community. By completing this online certificate program, you will gain the expertise necessary to plan, design, operate and maintain a splash pad facility.

    The program includes four online courses, each focused on key areas of the implementation and operation of splash pad facilities. To receive your Splash Pad Certificate and 1.2 CEUs, you must complete each of the four courses. Each course will be available individually, but you must be currently AFO or CPO certified to enroll for the Operations and Maintenance and Repair courses. 

    Eligibility

    To complete all courses in this certificate program you must hold a current AFO  or CPO Certification. You can take the Planning and Design course without these certifications but will not be able to take the Operations and Maintenance courses without providing proof of your certification.

    Who Should Enroll?

    Pool Operators, Maintenance Staff, Pool Managers, Park and Recreation Directors, Health Code Inspectors, Building Inspectors or anyone responsible for maintaining water play recreation areas.

    Courses

    Planning

    Define your community needs and expected benefits, assess proposed sites to ensure proper placement, outline a site plan and create a budget plan for design and ongoing maintenance costs. Learn More

    Design

    Demonstrate knowledge of current safety standards, select appropriate elements based on site plan and identify site considerations. Learn More

    Operations

    Identify liabilities, create a Risk Management plan, implement management and safety practices and identify potential programming and rental opportunities. (Prerequisite: AFO or CPO certification) Learn More

    Maintenance

    Demonstrate knowledge of maintenance techniques and identify and implement appropriate repairs. (Prerequisite: AFO or CPO certification) Learn More


  • Marketing and Communications: Implementation

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Through this course you will form an understanding of the various development and distribution channels and an overview of creative strategy that are available to meet your marketing and agency needs.

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    Part of NRPA's Marketing and Communications Certificate, this implementation course takes a deeper dive into a part of the strategic marketing plan describing tactical directions for marketing. Through this course you will form an understanding of the various development and distribution channels and an overview of creative strategy that are available to meet your marketing and agency needs. You will be able to take away from this course a strategy and a toolkit for tactically delivering your message. 

  • Marketing and Communications: Evaluation

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Through this course you will form an understanding of methods for evaluating, reporting, and improving marketing and communication at your agency.

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     An extremely important step to the marketing and communications cycle is closing the loop by reporting on results based on planned objectives. By defining key performance indicators that appropriately measure marketing reach, you will be able to provide the necessary data to inform future marketing and agency practices. Part of NRPA's Marketing and Communications Certificate, this course will look at defining key performance indicators mapped to the 4Ps of marketing that align with defined predefined expectations. The course also describes and provides thought exercises on how to close the marketing cycle with proper evaluation and reporting. 

  • Marketing and Communications: Strategic Planning

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The goal of this course will to work through the development of a communications plan that aligns strategically through measurable outcomes aligned with assessed need and the mission, vision, and values of the agency and industry.

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    Part of NRPA's Marketing and Communications Certificate, This course will discuss the nature of strategic planning when marketing in parks and recreation. The goal of this course will to work through the development of a communications plan that aligns strategically through measurable outcomes aligned with assessed need and the mission, vision, and values of the agency and industry. Case studies will be discussed throughout to demonstrate how these concepts have been applied successfully.