Professional Certification & Credits

For our inaugural event, ARPA has partnered and sought after several continuing education credits/learning credits as well as certifications to provide our attendees. Program sessions have been identified with their respective continuing education/learning credits earning and can be collected through their identified association. 

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association - Parks & Recreation Professional*

Educational conference sessions can be counted towards the CPRA Parks and Recreation Professional Certification.

  • Earn up to 18 learning credits (LC) for attending all of Parks School
  • Earn 1.5 LC for attending most education sessions
  • Earn up to 5 LC for attending the pre-conference; Trails - Connecting People, Communities and Places


Alberta Association of Landscape Architects - Continuous Education Program

Professional development through continuing education ensures that members are well equipped to meet professional obligations to clients, the public and the profession at large while remaining current with contemporary technology and industry practices.

The AALA currently has a mandatory Continuous Education Program (CEP) which requires members to track their professional development. Basic requirements of the CEP are:

  • Members are required to accumulate an average of 10 Professional Development Units (PDUs) per year on a 3-year rolling average.
  • 1 PDU = approximately 3 hours of educational, professional or volunteer activity
  • Members must submit their logs in order to pay annual dues.

The Practice Review Committee's CEP Sub-committee oversees the CEP - Terms of Reference. The current Continuing Education Schedule is available on the Members Downloads page.

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Landscape Industry Certified*

The Landscape Industry Certified designation demonstrates a high standard of excellence for the Landscape profession. This provides certified individuals with a valid way to communicate their professional status to their clients and employers. 

Individuals holding CNLA certification must recertify every two years. In order to renew your certificates, you must show that you have kept current in the industry by earning 24 continuing education units (CEUs). These credits are tracked by CNLA, and can be obtained through Parks School.

  • Earn up to 18 continuing education units for attending all of Parks School

The Landscape Industry Certified Technician program is designed for employees in the horticulture industry who are involved in the technical application of skill an knowledge. Landscape Industry Certified Technician is a national designation, with recognition across North America. It is an industry-developed program that sets and maintains standards for the landscape industry.

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International Society of Arboriculture*


All ISA Certifications are valid for three years. To maintain your certification, you must earn a minimum number of ISA Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the end of the 

three-year period and pay a recertification fee. Or, you can retake and pass the exam. 

CEUs can be earned through a variety of continuing education and training opportunities, including the inaugural ARPA Parks School. 

  • Course: ARPA Parks School - All About Trees; Code: PR19001
  • Course: ARPA Parks School - Tree inventory - Why you need one' Course Code: PR19002

*Please have your ISA Certification number with you. 

*Session Sign In On-site


Parks & Sport Fields Operator Level 2 Course - Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel* 

The Parks and Sport Fields Level 2 is a two day course that will enable the participants to be involved with hands on and in class components. Some of the key areas that will be covered are Plant Beds, Soil Tests, Dealing with Weed Control, Turf Diseases, Pruning, Composting, and Irrigation. Vandalism and skate board parks are also hot items in the communities and will also be looked at in detail. The course is geared to all staff or management involved with outdoor facilities. Min 10- Max 20 people, cost $425 per person. Register Today!

Prerequisite: Parks and Sport fields Level 1

The Parks & Sport Fields Operator Level 2 course is part of the Red Deer College (RDC) and Alberta Association Recreation Facility Personnel (AARFP) Recreation Facility Management Certification program designed to enhance leadership opportunities for recreation facility operators through the combination of technical and management training. Download the full program here!

*Session Sign In On-site. Separate registration required:

Canadian Certified Playground Inspector - CCPI Certification*

APRA is including The Canadian Playground Safety Institute’s Canadian Certified Playground Inspector training sessions during the Parks School Post Conference. ARPA members receive a discount on registration fees. This 2-day Practical Course and Exam is the second component to the two-part certification program. The prerequisite Theory Course can be taken online prior to attendance.

If you know any, maintenance/public works personnel, daycare staff, health inspectors, owner/operators, private inspectors, contractors, manufacturers, installers, parks and recreation staff, and/or insurance agents who work - or support the use of quality playground equipment – in schools, municipalities, housing complexes, condominiums or other areas that contain public playground structures, let them know about this training opportunity.

These professionals who are responsible for designing, selling, installing, maintaining and inspecting playground equipment have an incredibly important job. They are helping ensure the safety of toddlers, children and youth across this country and in local neighbourhoods.

These dedicated people, and their employers - can be confident they have the most up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge about playground safety when they complete the CPSI’s Playground Inspector Certification courses.

To register for the online theory course and/or this practical course using CPSI’s online registration system, click here. For more details and to download a registration flyer, please click here to download.

For more information contact CPSI | toll free: 1-877-536-2338 | email:

*Session Sign in On-site. Separate registration required:

Pending Certifications/Credits

  • Pesticide Applicator Recertification Program - Alberta Environment & Parks
  • World Urban Parks Academy