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Ohio Parks and Recreation Association is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that will make parks and recreation indispensable elements of Ohio communities.

The focus of OPRA’s educational opportunities is to maintain a high level of learning opportunities for anyone associated with parks and recreation.  Whether you’re a park and recreation professional, student in the field, concerned citizen, or your business is associated with the park and recreation field, OPRA offers a wealth of educational resources.

OPRA offers statewide continuing education opportunities, an annual educational conference and trade show, regional networking opportunities and roundtables, and promotes the National Certification Plan (CPRP).


Through national certification you join thousands of people who are committed to fostering the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of park and recreation programs and services.

5 Reasons to Become a Certified Professional

  1. Greater career opportunities and advancement
  2. Demonstration of your commitment to the parks and recreation profession.
  3. Enhanced quality of parks and recreation services nationwide
  4. Recognition for your accomplishments and ability to meet national standards
  5. Expansion of your skills and knowledge through continuing professional development

NPRA Certification Website