APRA Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

    • Monday, March 01, 2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Friday, December 31, 2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • On-Demand
    Register

    * A YEAR IN TECH *

    Author Beth Z, aka Your Nerdy Best Friend, is the chick you need when you want to know *IS* there an app for that.  Beth Z’s Nerd HQ will host her most popular programs every two months in 2021.


    February 26: Questions for a Pandemic World

    April 23: Tech Tools for Serious Self Care 

    June 25: Who Wants to Hack You and How to Stop Them

    August 27: 29 Tools to Create Cool Content for Social Media + Marketing

    October 22: Powered Productivity

    December 17: The Best Tech of 2021

      Come one, come all! These sessions are designed for professionals of all technological ability, from the entrepreneur who still sends handwritten invoices to the employees who act as everyone’s informal IT department.

      APRA Members can purchase in one of two ways:

      1. the full year of on-demand sessions for $10 per session
      2. individual sessions (requires separate registrations) for $15 each

      Once registered you will receive a link to view the content for up to 60-days post recording date. 

      Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. All event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registration without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.

      • Monday, March 01, 2021
      • (UTC-07:00)
      • Friday, April 30, 2021
      • (UTC-07:00)
      • On-Demand
      Register

      HOW ARE YOU COPING?

      Watch the Promo Video

      Like the rest of the world, you’ve been dealing with the pandemic since March of 2020, but have you really learned how to deal with it? This session asks big questions about how you’re coping with today’s reality.

      Then Your Nerdy Best Friend, aka author Beth Z, will share tech tools and tips to answer YES to all the tough questions.

      Join Beth Z, Your Nerdy Best Friend on-demand.


      A Sampling of The Big Questions:


        Are you truly communicating? Discover better tech for collaboration and communication with your team.

        Are you really listening? Identify tools that combat information overload.

        Are you able to focus? Try tech that helps you control distractions to get stuff done! 

        Are you taking things off your plate? Learn about automation tools and affordable outsourcing resources.


      After you pay a link will be sent to the email address used in the registration to access the on-demand video. 

      Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. All event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registration without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.

      Interested in purchasing the "Year In Tech" ALL ACCESS PASS?

      CLICK HERE

      • Wednesday, April 21, 2021
      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
      • Zoom Video Conference
      • 91
      Register

      SOUTHERN SWAGGER!

      Join Bob Stinson, your energetic APRA Southern Region Representative, for lively discussions focused on the professional growth needs of the Southern Region. Be part of the team that creates opportunity, connections and fun!



      Zoom log in details to access this meeting will be included in the registration confirmation. This email is sent immediately after registration. Keep this email to reference log in credentials. Be sure to check your JUNK folder for the link if you don't receive an immediate response.


      Free to members, be sure to log into your APRA account, so the system recognizes you. The fee for non-members is $5.00, payment due at the time of registration.

      Save on APRA education, build your professional network, and more by

      becoming an APRA member.

      • Thursday, April 22, 2021
      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
      • Zoom
      • 89
      Register

      CONVERSATIONS WITH PURPOSE

      Join the discussion to snag innovative ideas, share current challenges, and discuss the future of active adult programming. 


      The Zoom link will be included in the email confirmation once you are registered. 

      Forum Agenda:

      • Vaccine updates
      • Programming ideas continued
      • ReOpening Plans continued

      Senior Programming Forum Facilitator
      Philip Yabes | Community Center Manager | City of Buckeye

      Patty Contreras | Senior Services Program Coordinator | City of Phoenix

      This course is FREE for members, $10 for non-members.

      You can save on APRA education, build your professional network, and more by

      becoming an APRA member.

      • Friday, April 23, 2021
      • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
      • Blended | Online & Virtual
      • 0
      Registration is closed

      The CPSI blended format combines self-paced online learning with 4 hours of live virtual instruction to prepare you for the CPSI examination.

      STEP 1: CPSI Online Prep Course
      • 12+ hours | self-paced, interactive | NRPA Online Learning Center 
      • 1.2 CEUs earned with completion
      • 24/7 Access for 180 days once account is created 

        STEP 2: Attend 4-hour Live Virtual Instruction

        • April 23, 2021 8:00am - 12:00pm
        • Via Zoom
        • 1.2 CEUs earned with completion of Prep Course and Virtual Instruction

          STEP 3: CPSI Exam

          • Schedule exam (both have strict requirements to follow)
          • Testing Facility: on-site | computer based
          • Remote: home or office | computer based - camera/mic required 
          • Access to schedule expires within 90 days

          Participants will receive separate emails from NRPA for each step indicated above; therefore, 

          • To safeguard privacy and ensure all information is communicated directly to the registered candidate, each email address provided must be specific to each registered candidate. Please do not use an info, general or admin email address.  
          • Details about accessing the virtual study and testing links via the virtual platform will be sent to the e-mail address used to register for the event.
          • Only one registration per email address is permitted.
          • Beginning August 2020 all event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registration without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.

          RESOURCES

          • Course materials are mailed 6 weeks prior to course
          • CPSI Course Handbook will be linked in email update when materials are mailed 
          • 10 hours of prereading highly encouraged
          • Exam Content Outline will be included in course material mailing or via email 

          EXAM OPTIONS

          1. Computer-Based exam at a PSI testing facility
          2. Computer-Based exam from your home/office, proctored remotely by PSI staff 
          • In either setting, exam results are presented on screen upon completion of the exam
          • Detailed information regarding testing will be provided via email

          Important Information: 

          • Registration deadline is 30th day prior to course start date
          • Refund Requests: deadline is 45th day prior to course start date
          • Registration Transfer Requests: deadline is 45th day prior to the course start date. Requests must be submitted in writing to admin@azpra.org
          • Cancelation Requests: deadline is 90th day prior to course start date
          • Refunds will not be processed after the deadlines indicated above
          • Registration changes/transfers cannot be made after the date indicated above
          • No shows and last minute cancellations are responsible for full payment of registration, as APRA is required to provide a guaranteed number of participants in advance.

          Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. Beginning August 2020 all event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registrations without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.

            • Monday, April 26, 2021
            • (UTC-07:00)
            • Wednesday, June 30, 2021
            • (UTC-07:00)
            • On-Demand
            Register

            Watch the Promo Video


            TECH TOOLS FOR SERIOUS SELF CARE

            In the insanity of today’s world, you're busier than ever with deals, kids, health checks, high stress and exhaustion.


            Even though you're being pulled in every direction by everyone and everything, if you don't take time to keep your head on straight, you won't be able to be the leader you are.

            Join Your Nerdy Best Friend, author/speaker Beth Z, for a nerd's take on self care. Using today's technology, you can integrate tools and apps into your routine that will help you get more work done in less time. You'll discover resources to help you overcome the crippling effects of stress and overwork. And best of all, Beth Z's tools are free or darn cheap. This is the can't-miss program that will help you stay sane through the crises we’re all facing.

            • Update your ideas on what meditation is in the modern age with tech resources for specific, sanity-saving sessions.
            • Discover easy tools that help you organize your day and manage your life.
            • Find ways to streamline and offload the time-sucking little tasks that drive you crazy.
            • Understand your options for mental health maintenance online and on your schedule.


            After you pay a link will be sent to the email address used in the registration to access the on-demand video. On-Demand video will be available after April 26th.

            Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. All event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registration without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.

            Interested in purchasing the "Year In Tech" ALL ACCESS PASS?

            CLICK HERE

            • Tuesday, April 27, 2021
            • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (UTC-07:00)
            • Zoom
            • 89
            Register

            Let Freedom Ring! 

            Power 1/2 Hour

            In 30 minutes discover creative activities and solutions to safely host 4th of July events in your community.

            (notetaking recommended)


            Special Events Forum Facilitator

            Andrea Foote | Special Events Coordinator | City of Peoria

            Agenda

            Share out 4th of July plans for activities and precautions

            This forum is FREE for members, $10 for non-members. 

            Save $ on all APRA education courses, build your professional network, and more by becoming an APRA member.

            • Wednesday, April 28, 2021
            • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
            • Zoom Video Conference
            • 97
            Registration is closed

            NOTES FROM THE NORTH!

            Join your APRA North Region Rep, Jak Teel, to share the happenings in your area, connect with other professionals and hear the latest APRA news. 



            After you register, you will receive an email to confirm, which will also include the Zoom link to join the meeting. Save this link. 

            Free to members, be sure to log into your APRA account, so the system recognizes you. The fee for non-members is $5.00, payment due at the time of registration

            Save on APRA education, build your professional network, and more by

            becoming an APRA member.

            • Wednesday, April 28, 2021
            • 1:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
            • Zoom
            Register

            DOES YOUR PROGRAM STACK UP?

            The ongoing demand to improve vetting and training programs for youth sport coaches has led to recent state and national initiatives that mandate action for a number of youth sports organizations. 


            Join this timely discussion to learn:

            • how recent and planned legislation affects your progams and agency
            • how your vetting and training program "stacks up" against Arizona agencies
            • to address the growing risks to youth sport programs
            • how to more effectively monitor the changing requirements
            • to identify 3-5 actions to improve your program and reduce risk levels  

            Watch for the Zoom link in the email confirming your registration. Always check your spam/junk folder. 


            John LaMalva is the founder of Alpha Youth Sports (AYS), which provides services to youth sports organizations that use parent and other volunteer coaches. AYS provides a coach recruiting and administration platform to youth organizations in more than 30 states. Prior to founding AYS in 2011, John led systems integration, production management, and consulting teams as an SVP at Fidelity Investments and as a Partner at Accenture.

            Session eligible for .1 CEU  |  Electronic CEU Request

            Submit for review within 45 days of attendance

            Payment & Cancellation Policies

            Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. All event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registration without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.

            • Thursday, April 29, 2021
            • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
            • 96
            Register

            CONFLICT? OVERCOME IT.

            Presented in partnership with the Florida Recreation & Park Association

            Learn how to proactively weave tactics that create consensus into your projects in order to avoid many of these challenges in the first place, as well as how to respond to resistance and conflict when it inevitably happens.

            No matter whether it’s a new project, policy, park, or program you’re working on, getting people on board and working together is a key challenge that every professional must overcome in order to get things done. 

            Bobbi Nance, President, Recreation Results

            About Bobbi Nance: With over 10 years of experience working as a facilitator, trainer, and consultant, Bobbi Nance is the founder and President of Recreation Results LLC. Recognized as an industry leader in data and performance measurement, she partners with organizations across the country to use data, trends, and strategy to drive real change within teams whose mission it is to change the world. Before starting Recreation Results, Bobbi spent 15 years working in the field of parks and recreation in the areas of recreation programming, facility management, project management, data & analytics, and innovation.  It was there that she had the opportunity to build data-driven systems and innovation initiatives from the ground up, which were featured in national publications, resulted in the Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government, and contributed to her organization's National Gold Medal Award.  Bobbi decided to put her unique strengths to work on a broader scale and is about to celebrate 3 years as a consultant, speaker, and most importantly for today’s topic - remote worker.

            This course is eligible for .1 CEUs

            Submit here electronically for CEU approval

            Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. Beginning August 2020 all event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registrations without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.

            Payment & Cancellation Policies

            • Thursday, April 29, 2021
            • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
            • Zoom Video Conference
            • 98
            Register

            Hosted by Kade Nelson, Town of Fountain Hills

            APRA encourages you to join the TEAM(S) that best support your unique job function as well as your personal interests. With active participation at its core, TEAMS can generate exciting new opportunities for engagement, professional development and industry collaboration. 


            Free to members, be sure to log into your APRA account, so the system recognizes you. The fee for non-members is $5.00, payment due at the time of registration


            A link to log into the meeting will be sent to your email in the registration confirmation. This email is sent immediately after registration. You may need to check your SPAM/JUNK folder

            • Wednesday, May 12, 2021
            • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
            • Zoom
            • 99
            Register

            NAVIGATING CRISIS

            Education presented in partnership with the Florida Recreation & Park Association

            Is your team ready to take on a crisis?  Do you have an established Emergency Action Plan? 



            This session is designed to assist you and your team in identifying possible threats, provide basic tools for crisis intervention, guide you on proper debrief management following a crisis, and developing an Emergency Action Plan that your entire team will buy into.  We will also dive into the basics of self-care for those affected in times of crisis as well as for those leading a team through moments of crisis. (2 Hour Session)


            About Carolina Vester: Carolina Vester is the Community Recreation Assistant Director for the City of Coral Gables. Ms. Vester is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI), Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) and a licensed Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program and Lifeguard Instructor with an emphasis in Special and Open Water Aquatic Facilities. For the last fourteen years, she has transitioned through various positions within the City’s Community Recreation Department, including Aquatics Supervisor for the Venetian Pool, and was named City of Coral Gables Employee of the Year for 2013. She is a proud University of Miami Alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. It is Ms. Vester’s professional goal to create a sustainable infrastructure and World-Class amenities for all parks and facilities within the Department.

            This course is eligible for .2 CEUs

            Submit here electronically for CEU approval

            Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. Beginning August 2020 all event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registrations without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.

            Payment & Cancellation Policies

            • Thursday, May 13, 2021
            • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
            • Zoom Video Conference
            • 98
            Register

            APRA encourages you to join the TEAM(S) that best support your unique job function as well as your personal interests. With active participation at its core, TEAMS can generate exciting new opportunities for engagement, professional development and industry collaboration. 

            Hosted by Philip Yabes, City of Buckeye


            Free to members, be sure to log into your APRA account, so the system recognizes you. The fee for non-members is $5.00, payment due at the time of registration


            A link to log into the meeting will be sent to your email in the registration confirmation. This email is sent immediately after registration. You may need to check your SPAM/JUNK folder



            • Tuesday, May 18, 2021
            • 1:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
            • Tuesday, June 08, 2021
            • 2:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
            • Zoom Video
            • 17
            Register

            elite young professional workshop series  (Tuesday sessions)

            The ELITE Young Professional (YP) Workshop Series will provide an opportunity to examine communication strategies, develop relationships, and connect with others from across the country and beyond.


            The workshop will also provide a safe and inclusive space for young professionals to examine their own personal, professional, and aspirational values to assist them in developing themselves as authentic leaders.   

            NO AGE REQUIREMENTS/RESTRICTIONS - If you identify as a YP, then you are a YP!!

            Wednesday sessions also available

            WHAT TO EXPECT 

            • (4) Four 90-minute small group workshops 

            • final meeting will be a combine social/debrief with all participants on June 15

            Tuesday(s) May 18, 25, June 1 + June 8 1:00 - 2:30 pm via Zoom video conference
            • Guided strategies and conversations that creates unique connections between participants

            • Interactive sessions with other epic professionals 

            • Lead trainer with over 10,000 hours of course facilitation

            BENEFITS OF WORKSHOP

            • Insights on strategies to assist professionals in a variety of settings within the work place

            • Diverse and inclusive conversations with other YP's

            • Self assessments around personal value, intentions, and branding

            • New network of professional contacts

            • Continued bi-monthly meetings with the Elite YP community members

            • Certificate of completion

            • LinkedIn profile certifications add-on

            REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION

            • Ability to attend all four workshops

            • Zoom capabilities with both video and audio (computer is best)

            • Positive and open attitude

            • Interest in completing 1 - 2 hours of content related work outside scheduled workshop each week

              ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR 

              click icon for more details

              ANNIE FRISOLI
              CEO | SPEAKER | TRAINER

              Registration Deadline: May 10, 2021

              Registration is limited to 20 attendees


              Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. Beginning August 2020 all event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registrations without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.


              APRA Payment and Registration Policies

              Thank you to our sponsor:


              • Wednesday, May 19, 2021
              • 10:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
              • Wednesday, June 09, 2021
              • 11:30 AM (UTC-07:00)
              • Zoom Video
              • 20
              Register

              elite young professional workshop series (WEDNESday sessions)

              The ELITE Young Professional (YP) Workshop Series will provide an opportunity to examine communication strategies, develop relationships, and connect with others from across the country and beyond.


              The workshop will also provide a safe and inclusive space for young professionals to examine their own personal, professional, and aspirational values to assist them in developing themselves as authentic leaders.   

              NO AGE REQUIREMENTS/RESTRICTIONS - If you identify as a YP, then you are a YP!!

              Tuesday sessions also available

              WHAT TO EXPECT 

              • (4) Four 90-minute small group workshops 

              • final meeting will be a combine social/debrief with all participants on June 15

              Wednesday(s) May 19, 26, June 2 + June 9 10:00 - 11:30 am via Zoom 
              • Guided strategies and conversations that creates unique connections between participants

              • Interactive sessions with other epic professionals 

              • Lead trainer with over 10,000 hours of course facilitation

              BENEFITS OF WORKSHOP

              • Insights on strategies to assist professionals in a variety of settings within the work place

              • Diverse and inclusive conversations with other YP's

              • Self assessments around personal value, intentions, and branding

              • New network of professional contacts

              • Continued bi-monthly meetings with the Elite YP community members

              • Certificate of completion

              • LinkedIn profile certifications add-on

              REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION

              • Ability to attend all four workshops

              • Zoom capabilities with both video and audio (computer is best)

              • Positive and open attitude

              • Interest in completing 1 - 2 hours of content related work outside scheduled workshop each week

                ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR 

                click icon for more details

                ANNIE FRISOLI
                CEO | SPEAKER | TRAINER

                Registration Deadline: May 10, 2021

                Registration is limited to 20 attendees


                Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. Beginning August 2020 all event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registrations without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.


                APRA Payment and Registration Policies

                Thank you to our sponsor:

                  

                • Thursday, May 20, 2021
                • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
                • Zoom
                • 96
                Register

                READ. REFLECT. RESPOND. 

                It's a personal thing. 

                Join the newest APRA community and focus on building your skills, network, self-awareness and passion for the parks and recreation industry. Current Read: The Cure for Stupidity


                Join us to: 

                • Team read a variety of on-trend professional development text
                • Watch relevant videos - (Tedx, TedTalks and YouTube Gurus)
                • Discover your personal learning, leadership, and communication styles
                • Spin the prize wheel for books and other free goodies!

                Registration closes 24 hours prior to each session

                Each forum has a limited number of "seats" so please register ASAP. You will receive the Zoom link and required password in your confirmation email. 

                The Book Club | Agenda
                • Icebreaker
                • Chapter Review - Orid Discussion Method
                • Open Discussion
                • Prize Wheel (as available)

                The Book Club | Facilitator

                Jeneea Jervay-Bush | Program Manager | At Any Age (A3) Fitness & Rec

                This course if FREE for members, $10 for non-members.

                Save on APRA education, build your professional network, and more by

                becoming an APRA member.

                • Monday, May 24, 2021
                • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
                • Zoom Video Conference
                Register

                facilitated by Annie Frisoli

                Community can be defined as the experience of connection and membership between individuals within a group. Park and recreation professionals, more than most other professions, create community EVERY DAY and the APRA TEAMS has great potential to build a strong sense of community across the state of Arizona. By TEAM leaders engaging in this session, they will have the opportunity to gain knowledge on the founding principles of community, increase their knowledge on core research concepts related to community, and discuss inclusive practices to ultimately develop their own  strategies to build their TEAM community.

                Participants will ultimately define each of their TEAM Communities, develop what value their TEAM community will bring to its members, and assess the seven principles of community for their TEAM (membership, rituals, initiation, space, stories, symbols, and inner rings).

                Attendees: APRA Board Members and TEAM Leaders only

                • Thursday, May 27, 2021
                • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
                • 97
                Register

                RESPECT OR FEAR? HOW DO YOU LEAD?

                Education presented in partnership with the Florida Recreation & Park Association

                Are you a respected or a feared leader, it can be easy for your team to feel intimidated by you and want to go with your ideas? Want to be more positive and make sure you have time to invest in your team? When you’re ready to be more positive and give more praise to your team, there’s quite a few ways you can do so. These tactics give you a variety of good places to start whether you’re just starting to learn how to be more positive at work, or just want to tune up your approaches. In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision. Dalai Lama

                Gabriel Castillo, CPRP, Founder/CEO of RecStar Consulting

                About Gabriel Castillo: A high energy, national speaker who combines education and entertainment to provide a memorable learning experience. Gabriel has spent twenty years coordinating operations, logistics and marketing for recreation programs, special events and sports leagues. He is active at the Regional, State and National levels with his leadership roles. Gabriel is a past graduate and extern for the NRPA Revenue Development School in Oglebay, West Virginia. He holds a B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Recreation Administration from Aurora University. Gabriel is currently a Marketing Research Associate for the Tri-Town YMCA.

                This course is eligible for .1 CEUs

                Submit here electronically for CEU approval

                Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. Beginning August 2020 all event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registrations without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.

                APRA Payment & Cancellation Policies

                • Wednesday, June 09, 2021
                • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
                • Zoom
                • 100
                Register

                PREEMPT NEGATIVITY!

                Education presented in partnership with the Florida Recreation & Park Association

                This session will focus on some of the top 10 tools and strategies to providing exceptional customer service to your community and clients.  There will also be a focus on early recognition of potentially disastrous customer complaints and de-escalation techniques. Be prepared to put yourself in the shoes of your customer as we run through a few group scenarios and exercises.

                About Carolina Vester: Carolina Vester is the Community Recreation Assistant Director for the City of Coral Gables. Ms. Vester is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI), Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) and a licensed Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program and Lifeguard Instructor with an emphasis in Special and Open Water Aquatic Facilities. For the last fourteen years, she has transitioned through various positions within the City’s Community Recreation Department, including Aquatics Supervisor for the Venetian Pool, and was named City of Coral Gables Employee of the Year for 2013. She is a proud University of Miami Alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. It is Ms. Vester’s professional goal to create a sustainable infrastructure and World-Class amenities for all parks and facilities within the Department.

                This course is eligible for .1 CEUs

                Submit here electronically for CEU approval

                Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. Beginning August 2020 all event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registrations without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.

                APRA Payment & Cancellation Policies

                • Wednesday, June 16, 2021
                • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
                • Blended Online & Virtual
                • 14
                Register


                The National Recreation and Park Association offers the industry-leading certification program in playground safety, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification program. The CPSI certification program provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods.


                STEP 1: CPSI Online Prep Course

                12+ hours | self-paced | NRPA Online Learning Center
                1.2 CEUs earned with completion
                Access for 180 days

                STEP 2: Live Virtual Instruction

                June 16, 2021 8:00am - 12:00pm
                Via Zoom
                1.2 CEUs earned with completion of Prep Course and Virtual Instruction

                STEP 3: CPSI Exam

                Participants will receive separate emails from NRPA for each step indicated above; therefore, 
                Schedule exam (both have strict requirements to follow)
                Testing Facility: on-site | computer based 
                Remote: home or office | computer based - camera/mic required 
                Access to schedule expires within 90 days

                    • To safeguard privacy and ensure all information is communicated directly to the registered candidate, each email address provided must be specific to each registered candidate. Please do not use an info, general or admin email address.  
                    • Details about accessing the virtual study and testing links via the virtual platform will be sent to the e-mail address used to register for the event.
                    • Only one registration per email address is permitted.
                    • Beginning August 2020 all event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registration without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event. 

                    COURSE DETAILS
                    • 12 hours | interactive online learning with CPSI Prep Course 
                    • 24/7 access to your Prep Course for 180 days after account set up
                    • 4 hours | live virtual instruction with Q&A 

                    STUDY RESOURCES

                    • Course materials are mailed 6 weeks prior to course
                    • CPSI Course Handbook will be linked in email update when materials are mailed 
                    • Exam Content Outline will be included in course material mailings to guide study

                    EXAM OPTIONS

                    Candidates now have two options for taking the exam

                    1. Computer-Based exam at a PSI testing facility
                    2. Computer-Based exam from your home/office, proctored remotely by PSI staff 
                    • In either setting, exam results are presented on screen upon completion of the exam
                    • Detailed information regarding testing will be provided via email

                    Important Information: 

                    • Registration deadline is 30th day prior to course start date
                    • Refund Requests: deadline is 45th day prior to course start date
                    • Registration Transfer Requests: deadline is 45th day prior to the course start date. Requests must be submitted in writing to admin@azpra.org
                    • Cancelation Requests: deadline is 90th day prior to course start date; submit in writing to admin@azpra.org
                    • Refunds will not be processed after the deadline indicated above
                    • Registration changes/transfers cannot be made after the date indicated above
                    • No shows and last minute cancellations are responsible for full payment of registration, as APRA is required to provide a guaranteed number of participants in advance.
                    • No-show attendees who fail to attend scheduled course forfeit all paid registration.
                      • Wednesday, June 16, 2021
                      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
                      • Zoom Video Conference
                      • 98
                      Register

                      IT'S A SOUTHERN THING!

                      Join Bob Stinson, your energetic APRA Southern Region Representative, for lively discussions focused on the professional growth needs of the Southern Region. Be part of the team that creates opportunity, connections and fun!



                      Zoom log in details to access this meeting will be included in the registration confirmation. This email is sent immediately after registration. Keep this email to reference log in credentials.

                      Be sure to check your JUNK folder for the link if you don't receive an immediate response.


                      Free to members, be sure to log into your APRA account, so the system recognizes you. The fee for non-members is $5.00, payment due at the time of registration.

                      Save on APRA education, build your professional network, and more by

                      becoming an APRA member.

                      • Thursday, June 17, 2021
                      • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
                      • Zoom
                      • 97
                      Register

                      READ. REFLECT. RESPOND. 

                      It's a personal thing. 

                      Join the newest APRA community and focus on building your skills, network, self-awareness and passion for the parks and recreation industry. Current Read: 


                      Join us to: 
                      • Team read a variety of on-trend professional development text
                      • Watch relevant videos - (Tedx, TedTalks and YouTube Gurus)
                      • Discover your personal learning, leadership, and communication styles
                      • Spin the prize wheel for books and other free goodies!
                        Registration closes 24 hours prior to each session

                        Each forum has a limited number of "seats" so please register ASAP. You will receive the Zoom link and required password in your confirmation email. 

                        The Book Club | Agenda
                        • Icebreaker
                        • Chapter Review - Orid Discussion Method
                        • Open Discussion
                        • Prize Wheel (as available)

                        The Book Club | Facilitator

                        Jeneea Jervay-Bush | Program Manager | At Any Age (A3) Fitness & Rec

                        This course if FREE for members, $10 for non-members.

                        Save on APRA education, build your professional network, and more by

                        becoming an APRA member.

                        • Monday, June 28, 2021
                        • (UTC-07:00)
                        • Friday, August 27, 2021
                        • (UTC-07:00)
                        • On-Demand

                        HACKERS & CYBERTHREATS 

                        Passwords, phishing, privacy? Pfttt! You're not alone if you would rather tally the numbers in the phone book than deal with your password problems. But you can't be a professional without taking responsibility for your personal online security -- for the protection of yourself and your company. 

                        Watch the Promo Video - coming soon



                        Online security issues -- and solutions -- don't have to be boring, scary or ignored. Author Beth Z, aka Your Nerdy Best Friend, will have you laughing and learning with the real facts about the threats you face using the technology at your fingertips. And, more importantly, you'll leave with practical tips and tools for breathing easier.

                        • Understand five vulnerable (and surprising) personal data areas that hackers seek
                        • Discover a permanent method for managing your logins and passwords  
                        • Learn how to protect your privacy on public networks  
                        • Develop good habits for online security 
                        • Protect yourself against the newest cyberthreats


                        After you pay a link will be sent to the email address used in the registration to access the on-demand video. 

                        Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. All event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registration without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.

                        Interested in purchasing the "Year In Tech" ALL ACCESS PASS?

                        CLICK HERE

                        • Thursday, July 15, 2021
                        • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
                        • Zoom
                        • 98
                        Register

                        READ. REFLECT. RESPOND. 

                        It's a personal thing. 
                        Join the newest APRA community and focus on building your skills, network, self-awareness and passion for the parks and recreation industry. Current Read: 



                        Join us to: 

                        • Team read a variety of on-trend professional development text
                        • Watch relevant videos - (Tedx, TedTalks and YouTube Gurus)
                        • Discover your personal learning, leadership, and communication styles
                        • Spin the prize wheel for books and other free goodies!

                        • Registration closes 24 hours prior to each session

                          Each forum has a limited number of "seats" so please register ASAP. You will receive the Zoom link and required password in your confirmation email. 


                          The Book Club | Agenda
                          • Icebreaker
                          • Chapter Review - Orid Discussion Method
                          • Open Discussion
                          • Prize Wheel (as available)

                          The Book Club | Facilitator

                          Jeneea Jervay-Bush | Program Manager | At Any Age (A3) Fitness & Rec

                          This course if FREE for members, $10 for non-members.

                          Save on APRA education, build your professional network, and more by

                          becoming an APRA member.

                          • Wednesday, August 18, 2021
                          • 8:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
                          • Thursday, August 19, 2021
                          • 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
                          • Zoom
                          • 17
                          Register

                          Our citizens depend on aquatic facilities to improve quality of life, promote community and encourage wellness. National certification is a mark of distinction and trust and signifies to the public that you are a serious professional in the field of aquatics and committed to providing the community with the highest level of service and professional excellence.



                          BECOMING AN AFO

                          The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) program is designed for pool operators and management staff in aquatic facility operation and management. Certification can be achieved by passing the AFO Certification examination. The examination is fifty questions AFO examination, with a score of seventy-eight percent (78%) or better.


                          Course Materials will be mailed to participants 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the course and will include: course manual, slide rule and handouts.

                          Information Security: 

                          AFO candidates must register with a work or personal email address belonging to only them.  A generic "info@" or similar email address will not be supported. All communications, course links, and course exam results will be sent to the approved email address.  

                          Important Information: 

                          • Registration deadline is 30th day prior to course start date: July 12, 2021
                          • Refund Requests: deadline is 45th day prior to course start date: June 28, 2021 
                          • Registration Transfer Requests: deadline is 45th day prior to the course start date:  June 28, 2021  - requests must be submitted in writing to admin@azpra.org
                          • Cancelation Requests: deadline is 90th day prior to course start date: May 14, 2021 
                          • Registration changes/transfers cannot be made after the date indicated.
                          • No shows and last minute cancellations are responsible for full payment of registration, as APRA is required to provide a guaranteed number of participants in advance. Refunds will not be processed after the date indicated.
                          • The Force Majeure Clause shall apply to all APRA event registrations.  No-show attendees who fail to attend scheduled course forfeit all paid registration.

                          Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. Beginning August 2020 all event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registrations without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.


                          APRA Payment & Cancellation Policies

                          • Wednesday, August 18, 2021
                          • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
                          • Zoom Video Conference
                          • 98
                          Register

                          HEADING SOUTH; EASY AS WALKING DOWNHILL

                          Join Bob Stinson, your energetic APRA Southern Region Representative, for lively discussions focused on the professional growth needs of the Southern Region. Be part of the team that creates opportunity, connections and fun!


                          Zoom log in details to access this meeting will be included in the registration confirmation. This email is sent immediately after registration. Keep this email to reference log in credentials.

                          Be sure to check your JUNK folder for the link if you don't receive an immediate response.


                          Free to members, be sure to log into your APRA account, so the system recognizes you. The fee for non-members is $5.00, payment due at the time of registration.

                          Save on APRA education, build your professional network, and more by

                          becoming an APRA member.

                          • Thursday, August 19, 2021
                          • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
                          • Zoom
                          • 99
                          Register

                          READ. REFLECT. RESPOND. 

                          It's a personal thing. 

                          Join the newest APRA community and focus on building your skills, network, self-awareness and passion for the parks and recreation industry. Current Read: 


                          Join us to: 

                          • Team read a variety of on-trend professional development text
                          • Watch relevant videos - (Tedx, TedTalks and YouTube Gurus)
                          • Discover your personal learning, leadership, and communication styles
                          • Spin the prize wheel for books and other free goodies!

                          Registration closes 24 hours prior to each session

                          Each forum has a limited number of "seats" so please register ASAP. You will receive the Zoom link and required password in your confirmation email. 

                          The Book Club | Agenda
                          • Icebreaker
                          • Chapter Review - Orid Discussion Method
                          • Open Discussion
                          • Prize Wheel (as available)

                          The Book Club | Facilitator

                          Jeneea Jervay-Bush | Program Manager | At Any Age (A3) Fitness & Rec

                          This course if FREE for members, $10 for non-members.

                          Save on APRA education, build your professional network, and more by

                          becoming an APRA member.

                          • Monday, August 30, 2021
                          • (UTC-07:00)
                          • Friday, October 15, 2021
                          • (UTC-07:00)
                          • On-Demand

                          SITES & APPS TO ELEVATE YOUR SOCIAL GAME!

                          The most popular posts on social media are pictures and videos, and with a few easy (and free!) tech tools, you can transform your messages into share-worthy graphics that will put your organization out in front.


                          This action-packed session will give you dozens of sites and apps that will help you elevate the quality of your social media posts and other material.

                          • Make professional-level multimedia pieces in less than two minutes
                          • Add depth and interest to your boring social media posts
                          • Transform ordinary photos into works of art
                          • Create infographics for little or no cost!

                          Join Beth Z, Your Nerdy Best Friend on-demand.

                          Watch the Promo Video - coming soon


                          After you pay a link will be sent to the email address used in the registration to access the on-demand video. 

                          Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. All event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registration without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.

                          Interested in purchasing the "Year In Tech" ALL ACCESS PASS?

                          CLICK HERE

                          • Thursday, September 16, 2021
                          • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
                          • Zoom
                          • 99
                          Register

                          READ. REFLECT. RESPOND. 

                          It's a personal thing. 

                          Join the newest APRA community and focus on building your skills, network, self-awareness and passion for the parks and recreation industry. Current Read: 


                          Join us to: 
                          • Team read a variety of on-trend professional development text
                          • Watch relevant videos - (Tedx, TedTalks and YouTube Gurus)
                          • Discover your personal learning, leadership, and communication styles
                          • Spin the prize wheel for books and other free goodies!
                            Registration closes 24 hours prior to each session

                            Each forum has a limited number of "seats" so please register ASAP. You will receive the Zoom link and required password in your confirmation email. 

                            The Book Club | Agenda
                            • Icebreaker
                            • Chapter Review - Orid Discussion Method
                            • Open Discussion
                            • Prize Wheel (as available)

                            The Book Club | Facilitator

                            Jeneea Jervay-Bush | Program Manager | At Any Age (A3) Fitness & Rec

                            This course if FREE for members, $10 for non-members.

                            Save on APRA education, build your professional network, and more by

                            becoming an APRA member.

                            • Tuesday, September 21, 2021
                            • (UTC-07:00)
                            • Friday, September 24, 2021
                            • (UTC-07:00)
                            • Nashville Convention Center - Nashville, TN


                            • Thursday, September 23, 2021
                            • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC-07:00)
                            • Virtual via Zoom
                            • 40
                            Register

                            COMPREHENSIVE YOUTH SPORTS CERTIFICATION

                            Join the growing Arizona roster of Certified Youth Sports Administrators! 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. 

                            Take part in the LIVE 3-hour Webinar, followed by completion of the Online Academy to earn the distinction of Certified Youth Sports Administrator. 

                            The sports academy workshop is approved for .5 CEU's 

                            Important Information: 

                            Registration deadline is 30th day prior to course start date: August 23, 2021

                            Refund Requests: deadline is 45th day prior to course start date: August 9, 2021 

                            Registration Transfer Requests: deadline is 45th day prior to the course start date:  August 9, 2021 - Requests must be submitted in writing to admin@azpra.org

                            Cancelation Requests: deadline is 90th day prior to course start date: June 25, 2021 

                            • Refunds will not be processed after the date indicated above.
                            • Registration changes/transfers cannot be made after the date indicated above.
                            • No shows and last minute cancellations are responsible for full payment of registration, as APRA is required to provide a guaranteed number of participants in advance.
                            • The Force Majeure Clause shall apply to all APRA event registrations.  No-show attendees who fail to attend scheduled course forfeit all paid registrations.

                            Due to the pandemic, APRA staff is working from home; therefore, all payments must be processed on-line using a credit card or P-Card at the time of registration. Beginning August 2020 all event registrations must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Any registrations without a valid method of payment at time of registration is considered incomplete and will be automatically removed from the event.


                            APRA Payment & Cancellation Policies

                            • Wednesday, October 20, 2021
                            • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
                            • Zoom Video Conference
                            • 98
                            Register

                            SOUTHERN EXPOSURE

                            Join Bob Stinson, your energetic APRA Southern Region Representative, for lively discussions focused on the professional growth needs of the Southern Region. Be part of the team that creates opportunity, connections and fun!


                            Zoom log in details to access this meeting will be included in the registration confirmation. This email is sent immediately after registration. Keep this email to reference log in credentials.

                            Be sure to check your JUNK folder for the link if you don't receive an immediate response.


                            Free to members, be sure to log into your APRA account, so the system recognizes you. The fee for non-members is $5.00, payment due at the time of registration.

                            Save on APRA education, build your professional network, and more by

                            becoming an APRA member.

                            • Thursday, October 21, 2021
                            • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
                            • Zoom
                            • 99
                            Register