• Become a Member of World Urban Parks Today!

    The World Urban Parks (WUP) is a unique international organisation that represents parks, recreation, amenity, cultural, leisure, and related services. WUP membership is required for CPP or CPPI certification.

    To learn more about World Urban Parks, click here »

  • Professional certification demonstrates a commitment to your profession; helps to showcase your skills and experience; and establishes you as a continuous learner. Apply for the Certified Park Professional (CPP), or if you are already certified as a CPP, for the Certified Park Professional International (CPPI) today.

    Click here to view a complete list of all CPPI award recipients »

  • WPA Program of Merit

    As a tertiary institution, is your degree or diploma course of a standard to be endorsed at the international level as a Program of Merit?
    In 2019, the WPA awarded the Universiti Teknologi MARA's Bachelor of Parks and Amenity Management (Honours), the first university to receive recognition as a Program of Merit!

  • How Do You Measure Up?

    Whether you work in urban design, green planning, park and public land management, recreation, landscape architecture, horticulture, or the like, the World Parks Academy's competency framework represents your profession!

    Learn more about CPP competencies »

    Learn more about CPPI competencies »

  • WPA Webinars

    Participate in monthly webinars and discuss important topics in parks and recreation.

World Parks Academy About :
What We Do

There is a need for an international competency-based certification program that unites various disciplines of the parks and recreation industry. Many nations have strong domestic certification programs, and the World Parks Academy seeks to unite the local level with the international scene. Additionally, in numerous countries, park professionals don’t have the opportunity for competency development.

The World Parks Academy partners with national associations and countries that currently do not have a national certification for parks professionals in order to establish one. World Parks Academy is interested in providing certification in partnership with national organizations to develop programs tailored to each country’s need.

The World Parks Academy aims to provide a high-quality and comprehensive competency-based certification program to park and recreation professionals across the globe. This goal is achieved through the implementation of two certification programs:

Each certification program has its own set of requirements and eligibility criteria. In order to meet these conditions, the World Parks Academy offers professional development and training in a variety of ways, including e-courses, webinars, and in-person workshops.

Additionally, the World Parks Academy will endorse university programs and other tertiary parks, open space, and recreation-related program that meet the Academy’s standards based on its internationally developed Certified Park Professional (CPP) competencies.

Learn more about the World Parks Academy Program of Merit.