• CPRP Virtual Exam Prep - Series B

    Certified Park and Recreation Professional, or CPRP, is a national certification program through the National Recreation and Park Association, and it is designed for park and recreation professionals that wish to put their career on the path to success. Achieving and maintaining this nationally-recognized certification illustrates a commitment to professional growth as well as an intricate understanding of key concepts within the field of parks and recreation. The exam prep program consists of six virtual classes that will train and prepare participants to sit for the CPRP exam. Each class consists of learning modules that cover different areas of the exam: Human Resources, Communications, Finance, Programming, and Operations. Come learn and network with aspiring CPRP's and join an elite group of professionals that have committed to advancing the field of parks and recreation. Spots are limited! Registration deadline is August 28, 2020.

  • Recognize the brightest stars in Illinois!

    Designed to recognize the best-of-the-best in Illinois parks, recreation, and conservation, the Awards & Recognition Program gives professionals an opportunity to recognize colleagues and community members for their extraordinary work and contribution to the industry.

    Award nominations will be accepted August 6 - November 12, 2020. 

  • Take Action to Support Local Governments of All Sizes! H.R. 6467: Coronavirus Community Relief Act

  • It's Renewal Time!

    Just a friendly reminder that your IPRA membership expires on December 31, 2019.  Renew today so you don’t experience any lapse in your member benefits. Renewing your IPRA membership is easy – simply visit, click on “sign in” to login to your account (your username is your email address), and click on the “renew now” button. Once you are logged in, please take a moment to review your profile information and update your job title, phone number and mailing address if necessary. Remember - Professional members can save $15 if renewed by December 13, 2019! Discount will automatically apply.

  • Conference Registration is Open!

    2020 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference registration is now open!

    As the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves and conservation agencies in Illinois, the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights conference brings together more than 4,200 professionals and elected officials for three exciting days of quality educational programming, networking and professional development.  Featuring over 160 educational sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall where more than 300 exhibitors showcase their latest and greatest products and services, the 2020 conference is THE place to be!