• 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 Arts and Amenity Management Program, 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!

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World Parks Academy Certification Programs Certified Park Professional International (CPPI):
CPPI Application Procedures

All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements and complete the following in order to receive the Certified Park Professional International (CPPI) certification:

  • 1.  Complete online application

  • 2.  Pay application fee

  • 3.  Complete competency self-assessment*

    *NOTE: If applicants do not fulfill the self-assessment requirement, then competencies may be achieved through WPA or related training and workshops, conference attendance, research and publications, and/or through Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

  • 4.  Attend World Parks Academy Workshop

  • 5.  Develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and fulfill all World Parks Academy IDP documented requirements within three years**

    **NOTE: IDP completion times will vary by individual. All applicants must complete the process within three years.