February 16, 2015 – Chris Pollack, Landscape Specialist, and Mary Wagner, Senior Coordinator, of the Woodridge Park District recently completed and passed the National Recreation Professional Association’s (NRPA) Certified Park & Recreation Professional (CPRP) examination. NRPA’s CPRP certification is one of the most sought-after certifications in the park and recreation profession. The examination is a comprehensive assessment of one’s core knowledge covering General Administration/Management (Budget/Finance, Staff Development/Supervision, Policy Formulation/Interpretation, Public Relations/Customer Service/Marketing), Programming (Assessment, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation), and Operations (Resource Planning/Development/Management, Maintenance Management, Facility Operations).
Achieving CPRP certification provides park and recreation staff with recognition for their accomplishments, proof in their ability to meet or exceed national standards and a new level of commitment to the parks and recreation field. Chris and Mary join nine other WPD staff members as Certified Park & Recreation Professionals: Mike Adams, Jennifer Knitter, Vanessa Madden, Amanda Nichols, Dan Peboontom, Megan Pettit, Julie Rhodes, Don Ritter and John Karesh.