Our membership is only as strong as its members! Your membership with APRA provides a number of benefits. Our current members say that some of the biggest benefits are the educational and networking opportunities, legislative representation, discounts and their voice within the organization.
Association members have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and network with other members at numerous events throughout the year. Some of these events include:
-Annual Conference and Expo
-Director's Round Table Events
-Multiple National Certification Classes
-Opportunities to gain support from APRA for special events and educational workshops
-Member Networking Events
Publications and Newsletters
The Arizona Parks and Recreation magazine is published four times a year including an annual membership directory. In addition, we email a bi-weekly electronic newsletter. Your membership not only allows you to receive these publications but it gives you the opportunity to be published in them as well. The magazine reports on industry news, offers and updates on state agency achievements, legislative issues and special events.
You will have numerous opportunities to develop leadership abilities and build credentials in the parks, recreation and leisure services field. Leadership opportunities are available through a variety of categories as a member of APRA board of directors, regional representatives, chair/board positions and valuable committees.
APRA provides opportunities for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the many educational workshops and conferences it offers members each year. The Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE) are now available through the National Recreation and Parks Association. These are more than just letters after your name- it's an investment in your career that demonstrates your practical knowledge showing that you have the current real-world skills necessary in today's changing park and recreation environment.
APRA offers many certification classes statewide including; Certified Playground Safety Course (CPSI), Aquatic Facility Operator Course (AFO), Certified Pool Operator Course (CPO) and Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA).
Assistance is often available through scholarship
funds as well as Arizona Parks and Recreations Fellowship (APRF) for educational funding.
Awards and Honors
Outstanding leaders and members are recognized for their contributions at the annual APRA Conference and Expo.
Professional Staff Assistance
The APRA office is happy to assist you and respond to your questions. Our goal is to be a valuable resource in advocating, communicating and educating on behalf of our entire membership. APRA can help you connect with other agencies, vendors, organizations and individuals who have the answers, skills or materials you need to make your job easier and fun.
All members receive a discount on educational opportunities and conference. We are always working with partners, such as the Phoenix Suns, to offer discounts on tickets and events.
APRA works to be the voice of advocacy on behalf of parks, recreation and environmental conservation in the state of Arizona. Our goals is to represent the needs of professionals and work with policy-makers as a source of information and advice regarding issues impacting our profession. We are represented by the current Advocacy Chair and Maricopa County Parks Director, RJ Cardin along with former City of Phoenix parks staff and current Camp Colley Director, Jeff Spellman and APRA Executive Director, Samantha Coffman.
Discussion Forums and Knowledge Center
View and share documents from agencies all over the country. Keep up-to-date on best practices and trends in the field with the resources provided. Ask questions of your fellow professionals and receive advice and information on a wide range of topics.