CPRA Professional Development Certification

Beginning in 2022, Northern recreation leaders can pursue their nationally-recognized Professional Development Certification through Recreation North. Working in the recreation and parks sector requires a unique and diverse set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.  The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) Professional Development Certification Program (PDC) fosters continual growth of these competencies through a national standard and network that strengthens the credibility and quality of its practitioners.

Pre-requisites (completed through Recreation North):

  • Earn your Certificate in Northern Recreation Leadership
  • Earn your Certificate in Northern Recreation Management
  • Be a current member of your territorial recreation and parks association

Certification Process (to be completed within two years):

  • Register with Recreation North for the CPRA Professional Certification Program
  • Complete Recreation North’s PDC200 learning event for your PDC project


  • The CPRA Professional Development Certification is maintained through a three-year recertification process.


  • $500 fee, payable to Recreation North, for registration, training and support that leads to the CPRA Professional Development Certificate. (Please note that $290 of this fee is paid to CPRA on your behalf.)
  • $290 fee, payable to CPRA PDC Program after each three-year certification cycle, to recertify.