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 - Professional Development
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Marketing and Communications: ImplementationContains 3 Component(s), 0.4 credits offered
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.
Marketing and Communications: Strategic PlanningContains 3 Component(s), 0.3 credits offered
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.
Welcome to Recreation & Parks / NRPA's Three PillarsContains 4 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered
We’ll explore NRPA’s “The Three Pillars” and dig into the importance that each of those initiatives has on us and our neighbors, plus how you can promote and honor those aspects of Recreation & Parks through your actions as a new professional.
Revealing the Secrets of Successful Career DevelopmentContains 4 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered
One of the most common questions we get on a regular basis as we mentor your professionals is how they can develop their career and what are the best ways to do that. This panel will discuss what are secrets to developing your career, expanding your education, how to develop your professional network and how to actively engaged in professional activities
Intentional Mentoring - Learning and Connecting for Professional EvolutionContains 4 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered
Moving forward professionally requires evolving in your knowledge, skills, competencies, and connections. Having good mentors in your life helps support and target your growth. Learning how to best be a mentor later in life helps you give back and leave a strong legacy. This session covers what you need to know to do all of this.
From Orientation to Onboarding: Making the Most of the First 90 DaysContains 4 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered
In today’s fast-paced world, getting new talent started in their job as quickly as possible is important for the health of your business. However, a new job can be overwhelming, and by creating a welcoming environment, building cultural buy-in, and sharing tribal knowledge, you not only improve the chances of new hire success but create loyalty and have a little fun!
Marketing and Communication for Parks and Recreation CertificateContains 4 Product(s)
NRPA's Marketing and Communications Certificate was developed to develop basic skills for the park and recreation professional tasked with delivering messaging for their agency. The courses included in this certificate take you on a path toward developing your own strategic marketing and communications plan, applying material through an interactive worksheet that allows you to investigate case studies while also applying the concepts to your own context.
Marketing and Communications: Needs AssessmentContains 3 Component(s), 0.3 credits offered
This course will provide you with an understanding of market research and analysis and the proper tools for conducting analysis in various contexts with an eye toward the common variables that affect marketing and communications.
Innovation. Speed Sessions from the 2017 Annual ConferenceContains 6 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered Recorded On: 09/27/2017
This product includes three recorded speed sessions from the 2017 NRPA Annual conference on the topic of Innovation: Future-Proofing Your Organization, Innovation in 19.5 Minutes, and Do We Dare? Sure-Fire Changes for P&R's Future.
NRPA 2017 Conference Innovation BundleContains 4 Product(s)
This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Innovation." Included in this package are the following sessions: Innovation. Speed Sessions from the NRPA 2017 Conference, Leading Change: Innovation from the Inside Out, The Be Attitudes of Influence and Persuasion, and Ditch Your Marketing Plan: Growth Hack Instead.
The Be Attitudes of Influence and PersuasionContains 4 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017
The wind and the sun decided to have a competition to decide who was stronger. They agreed the winner would be the one who could persuade a man to take off his coat. The wind blew and blew, but the man held on tightly to his coat. Then the sun shone gently down, within minutes, the man took off his coat. The moral: you can’t force someone to do what they don’t want; instead, the art of influence and persuasion will get them to want what you want. This is the essence of true leadership.
NRPA 2017 Conference Advocacy BundleContains 4 Product(s)
This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "advocacy." Included in this package are the following sessions: How to Handle a Parks & Recreation PR Communications Crisis, VOTE! How to Plan a Successful Bond Program, A Value Proposition: What's My Park Worth?, and Using Health Data to Power Results.
NRPA 2017 Conference Planning BundleContains 3 Product(s)
This is as bundle of 3 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Planning." Included in this package are the following sessions: Water Wisdom: Planning, Designing and Maintaining Water Play Destinations, City of New Orleans: Strategic Urban Water Management and Recreation Opportunities, and How to Portray the Value of Trails in Your Community
Diversity and Cultural AwarenessContains 3 Component(s), 0.3 credits offered
Diversity and cultural awareness explores the importance of developing a diverse, equitable, and ethical workplace. To instill an innovative and progressive workplace, it is important that leaders consider how to instill diversity into the organizational culture.
CPRP Preparation: CommunicationsContains 3 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered
The Communications Module provides instruction to professionals on many of the communications aspects of park and recreation including: Internal and external communications, and strategic planning for communications.
CPRP Preparation: ProgrammingContains 3 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered
The Programming Module provides instruction to professionals on many of the programming aspects of parks and recreation including: creating and supervising programs, facilitating programs, marketing programs, evaluating participant satisfaction, performing participant assessments, maintaining relationships, developing league schedules, and reporting requirements.
CPRP Preparation: Human ResourcesContains 3 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered
The Human Resource Module provides instruction to professionals on many of the human resource aspects of parks and recreation including: recruiting, reviewing applications, interviewing, supervising, schedule development , and final recommendations
CPRP Preparation: OperationsContains 3 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered
The Operations Module provides instruction to professionals on many of the operational aspects of park and recreation including: planning, policies and procedures, maintenance standards, information systems, facility/area supervision, customer service, partnerships and monitoring contractors and concessionaires.
Leadership Certificate PackageContains 4 Product(s)
The NRPA Leadership Certificate is designed to provide leaders practical and applicable methods for transforming themselves and their agency. This new certificate offers a robust online learning opportunity for maximum flexibility. The program navigates through the latest in leadership principles that will take you and your agency to the next level.
Is your BUT too Big?Contains 3 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered
A culture of excuses is not helping our current conditions. Challenging conventional thinking and pushing beyond comfort zones, this intensive and spirited session promises to be provocative and insightful.