Continuing Education Units (CEU)

A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction such as a certified APRA workshop or annual conference sessions. 

If you have earned a professional certification such as CPRP or CPRE you are required to maintain a certain number of credit hours during a specified period of time in order to maintain and/or renew that certification. 


Continuing Education units policy

It is the policy of the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) that each learner must successfully complete the assessment and attendance requirements to be awarded Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for a learning event. NRPA will complete an audit of CEUs on a random basis, it is up to the learner to keep and submit all approved records as required. 

January 20, 2022


The CPRP & CPRE Certification Committee and National Certification Board have approved a policy allowing a six month renewal extension for Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) certified professionals whose maintenance cycle expires March 1, 2022.


An email will be sent to all qualified, certified professionals tomorrow with information on how to request an extension online through the My NRPA tab in their NRPA Profile. The deadline to request an extension is May 31, 2022. An extension request would update an existing renewal expiration date from March 1, 2022 to September 1, 2022. Certified professionals who request an extension will maintain a new maintenance cycle beginning and ending in September. Individuals who have previously received an extension are not eligible for an additional extension unless granted through appeal to the CPRP & CPRE Certification Committee.

Policy for awarding 

ACCRUAL RATE: 1 hour of approved instruction = .1 CEU (as of January 2021)


Only programs pre-approved by the APRA Program Committee and the CEU Accreditation Chair are CEU eligible. The CEU Accreditation Chair will evaluate each submission and notify the learner of their status when the review is complete

To qualify and request CEUs, the learner must: 
  • submit the electronic CEU Request within 45 days of session attendance,
  • meet the minimum attendance requirements for earning CEUs,
  • successfully complete the assessment of mastery for the learning outcomes of each approved professional development session(s)

Learner record management

It is the policy of APRA the learner is responsible for maintaining all current and complete learner records that include attendance information, satisfactory completion of all CEU approved program forms. APRA DOES NOT TRACK CEUs. 

Have additional questions? contact the ceu ACCREDITATION chair

APRA CEU Accreditation Chair
Franz Fuhrmann

NRPA CEU CERTIFICATION MANAGER

Email NRPA

or call (800) 626-6772


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