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CPRA Professional Development Certification - REGISTER TODAY!  

Bursary Program AVAILABLE NOW - Application Deadline March 31st 

Working in the recreation and parks sector requires a unique and diverse set of knowledge, skills and attitudes. The CPRA Professional Development Certification (CPRA PDC) fosters the continual growth of these competencies through accessible professional development, creating a national standard that will strengthen the credibility and quality of its professionals.

Through this certification, you will enhance your understanding of the issues facing the recreation and parks sector and will be further equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to design and implement innovative solutions. You will be part of a national network of professionals and practitioners that will ensure the health of the sector and enhance the quality of its programs and services.

Who is it for?

Professionals & Practitioners

The CPRA Professional Development Certification demonstrates your commitment to professional development by strengthening your ability to deliver quality programs and services and advancing the recreation and parks sector as a whole. Its approach to personalized development gives professionals and practitioners in any stage of their career the skills needed to excel and forge new career opportunities. 


Professional development is vital for creating a healthy and adaptable workforce, increasing job satisfaction and reducing employee turnover. The CPRA Professional Development Certification helps employers unlock the potential of their staff, enhancing the quality of municipal and organizational services and programs.

Who is eligible?

The Certification is available to all Canadian parks and recreation professionals and practitioners who are active members of a provincial or territorial recreation and parks association.

When will it be available?

The CPRA Professional Development Certification Program will launch in the spring of 2015 with courses offered in the fall. 

Core Competencies

Core Competencies are the building blocks of the CPRA Professional Development Certification. They incorporate a unique set of skills, knowledge and attitudes essential to the continued growth of the recreation and parks sector. 

Learn more about the CPRA PDC Core Competencies (PDF)


For more information please visit www.cprapdc.ca or contact:

Craig Cameron
Senior Recreation Liaison
Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

CPRA Launches Harry Boothman Bursary Program for Professional Development

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) has launched a bursary program to assist parks and recreation professionals financially in the pursuit of professional development in the sector.

This Bursary was established to honour the contributions of Harry Boothman to the parks and recreation sector.  Harry was a Parks Supervisor for the City of Calgary, CPRA Board Member and long-time supporter of the organization.  Harry believed in the need for actions that support the continued development of the field. Establishing this bursary, in support of Professional Development within the sector, is a tribute to Harry’s vision and dedication.

Applications will be accepted from Parks and Recreation practitioners with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience and currently working full-time in the sector.

Up to two (2) bursaries, in the amount of $1,000, each can be awarded each year.  

Professional Development opportunities must be completed between July 1 and June 30 of the application year.

Deadlines for applications – March 31 of every year.

All applications should be submitted by mail to:

CPRA Harry Boothman Bursary
c/o the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association
#100 - 1445 Park Street
Regina, Saskatchewan S4N 4C5
Or, electronically to: khouse@spra.sk.ca

For full program details and application form. 



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