• 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 Certification Programs Certified Park Professional (CPP) :
Certified Park Professional (CPP)

The World Parks Academy sets an international standard for park professionals through the Certified Park Professional (CPP) certification. This certification can be achieved in two ways: one in which a national certifying body exists and one in which one does not.

If an individual has a relevant and at least equivalent certification from a national, state, or international association’s certification program, operating in his or her country, that certification can be recognized through a letter of articulation, and the CPP status will be awarded to the certified professionals.

If an individual has no national, state, or international association offering professional certification, he or she may apply directly to the World Parks Academy for CPP status.

The World Parks Academy in partnership with Hortis, France has developed a national variant for the Certified Park Professional certificate. This agreement sets an international standard for similar partnerships with other countries seeking to provide a national variant of the CPP.

The World Parks Academy in partnership with Parks and Leisure Australia has developed a national variant for the Certified Park Professional certificate. This agreement sets an international standard for similar partnerships with other countries seeking to provide a national variant of the CPP.