APRA hosts a variety of workshops, certification courses and symposiums throughout the year to support the professional development of its members. Below are just a few of the courses available each year.  

For a full list of upcoming program dates please check the APRA Calendar

Aquatic Facility Operators Course

The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) is a state-of-the-art certification for pool operators and aquatic facility managers. More than 16,000 aquatic facility operators have gained certification in the program's 16 years of existence. 

AFO is a National Certification that is offered in cooperation with the National Recreation and Parks Association. AFO is a 5 year certification.

5 year certification  - AFO FAQ's

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course (CPSI) is a National Certification that provides the credentials to inspect playgrounds for safety ensuring that each playground meets the current national standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 

Offered in cooperation with the National Parks and Recreation Association.

Playground Maintenance Course

The National Recreation and Park Association's Playground Maintenance Course provides an understanding of the most prevalent playground hazards and safe maintenance and repair practices. This one-day course (0.6 CEUs) will train you on playground safety standards, playground owner responsibilities and will include maintenance and repair discussions on playground equipment, surfacing and site items. 

Certified Youth Sports Administrator Certification

The Academy for Youth Sports Administrators is a comprehensive certification program that offers cutting-edge information on critical topics for professional youth sports administrators today. The Academy’s primary goal is to provide attendees with a foundation and tools needed to positively impact the youth sports experience for ALL children in their communities. Topics covered include: youth sports philosophy, professional development, mission statements, policies & procedures, volunteer management, child abuse prevention, parent management, conflict resolution, Insurance & risk management, Inclusion of children with disabilities, evaluation & marketing of your program, emergency planning, Model Youth Sports Program, plus more.

How do I renew my Certification?

View the NRPA Presentation on specifics of certifications, costs and more...


Certification - 
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