I already hold job specific certifications (e.g., CPR, Class B Refrigeration), how does CPRA PDC fit with this?
CPRA PDC provides a national standard for professional development. It meets the need for sector-specific learning opportunities and helps to foster a national network of recreation and parks practitioners. CPRA PDC gives credit to any job-specific training you are required to take, but does not replace it.
When can I start the program?
The CPRA PDC has rolling intake. Certification courses are offered twice a year, beginning in January and September.
How much does it cost?
CPRA PDC has two phases, certification and recertification.
The total cost for certification is $1220.00 +GST. This includes registration, an online orientation course, both certification courses, and the knowledge presentation.
The total cost for recertification is $1695.00 +GST. This includes three core competency workshops, online learning credit tracking, and general program support.
What is the connection between CPRA PDC and WUP?
CPRA PDC automatically qualifies you to take part in the World Urban Parks Association’s Certified International Parks Professional (CIPP) program. For more details on the CIPP, visit World Parks Academy.
Does CPRA PDC provide Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?
CPRA PDC strives to establish a common learning experience and national network of recreation and parks practitioners. As such, all practitioners move through the certification in the same way. Sharing your prior learning and experience is key to strengthening the sector and supporting your colleagues, but it will not grant you equivalency to any of the requirements of certification.
Is online learning the same as webinars?
Online learning is not the same as webinars. Our learning environment provides a dynamic educational experience that allows you to learn at your own pace, stay connected with your instructor and classmates, and track your learning progress.
How much time will I need to commit to each course?
Start and end dates are posted for each course and workshop. Each course and workshop is divided into modules. Each module will require approximately three hours to complete.
Are the courses delivered online?
Yes, all of the certification courses and core competency workshops are delivered 100% online.
Do I have to be available at certain times to participate in the course?
No. Our participants are from across the country and have different work and personal commitments. The courses and workshops are designed to give you the flexibility to learn on your own time and the structure to ensure that you complete the course on time.
What order do I need to complete my certification requirements in?
Certification should be completed in the following order:
- Register for the program
- Enroll in Introduction to Core Competencies for Recreation and Parks
- Enroll in Current Issues and Trends in Recreation and Parks
- Sign up for a Knowledge Presentation
I am not sure if I’m a member of a provincial or territorial association, how can I check my status?
If you are unsure of your provincial or territorial status, please contact your local association.
I am not currently a member of a provincial or territorial association, can I still start the program?
Your membership status will be verified when you sign-up for your knowledge presentation. Maintaining your membership in a provincial or territorial association is critical for receiving and maintaining certification.
What does CPRA stand for?
The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is the national voice of a vibrant network of recreation and parks associations. Together they build healthy communities and enhance the quality of life of all Canadians. The CPRA Professional Development Certification is a CPRA initiative delivered by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA). Visit the CPRA website.