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Bursaries available for Canada’s first professional development certification for recreation and parks professionals

September 16, 2015

The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) is offering bursaries for the new Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Professional Development Certification (CPRA PDC), Canada’s only professional development certification program for recreation and parks practitioners.

CPRA PDC is open to staff from ARPA member municipalities or to individuals holding an active ARPA membership. The program consists of two online courses—one on core competencies and one on issues and trends in recreation and parks. Participants must make a knowledge presentation to a panel of peers. The program requirements must be completed within two years of registration. Visit the website for more information on the certification process.

Both courses are offered in the winter semester which runs from January 12 to April 7, 2016. Participants working in rural, remote, Aboriginal or Metis communities are eligible for the Reducing Barriers to Professional Development Bursary covering two thirds of course fees (a $310 saving per course). Details are available at on the Alberta Recreation and Parks Assocation website. 

Municipalities who purchase four courses get the fifth one free (20% discount). Send an email to access this opportunity.