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World Parks Academy Certification Programs Certified Park Professional International (CPPI):
CPPI Competency Framework

Beyond the foundational (or the universal) park management competencies, there are competencies that will serve as the focus of the World Parks Academy. These competencies transcend cultural parameters and represent a holistic view of, and approach to, international park management. The four parent competencies and child competency areas for a Certified Park Professional International (CPPI) are listed in the following tables.

C1.0: Transcontinental Park Management
C1.1 Enabling and Founding Parks and Protected Areas Awareness and understanding of the history of parks, public lands, and protected areas including the evolution of the conservation and protection movement and how enabling legislation influences decision making regarding policies, procedures, and operational matters.
C1.2 Managing for Sustainability and Stewardship An understanding of the spectrum of resources utilized in parks and recreation around the globe is imperative for utilizing industry best practices for global sustainability.
C1.3 Operational Functions for Parks and Protected Areas International leadership requires an intimate knowledge of operational functions and industry standards. Understanding cross-cultural trends and approaches will create a well-rounded international manager.
C1.4 Ability to Work on International (or Multicultural) Teams International (or multicultural) teams are an absolute necessity for a global operation. The fundamental requirements are valuing and integrating cultural diversity to create a competitive advantage and win/win situations.
C2.0: Global Perspective
C2.1 Sensitivity to Different Cultures The vital keys to cultural sensitivity are based upon resolving two fundamental issues of human relationships: human equality and ethnocentrism.
C2.2 Adaptability in New Situations The key element of adaptability is being comfortable with not being in control of how situations naturally evolve, particularly where chaos appears to be occurring. The skill is to let go and trust the process.
C2.3 Language Skills It is an inevitable necessity that any global manager be multilingual, particularly with those countries where s/he conducts regular business. It should be a necessity for those expatriates residing in countries (or cultures) where the language is different from their native language.
C2.4 Political Systems and Power Framework Operating in a parks and recreation setting is inherently political, and the sense of political power can vary from country to country. It is imperative to be able to identify types of political systems and to successfully operate within various political contexts.
C3.0: Standards-based Multidisciplinary Issues
C3.1 Research and Best Practice Applications Possess a variety of means for influencing people across a range of international contexts. Capacity to extend understanding into new and unfamiliar fields. Overcome working practices that conflict with their own sense of best practice
C3.2 Measuring Outcomes There are many inherent benefits of parks and public spaces to those who manage and/or work around these places; however, articulating outputs requires systematic metrics for measuring outcomes. In order to garner support and convey vital information, whether to political affiliations, constituents, potential partners, etc., measuring outcomes is paramount.
C3.3 Operational Functions for Parks and Protected Areas Parks and protected areas vary from country to country; however, it is necessary to be able to identify local, regional, and international enterprises that share common practices and understand how to implement best practices that reflect a multicultural working knowledge.
C3.4 International Negotiating The essential competency in negotiation is to find a solution or an agreement that benefits everyone involved. A successful negotiation is a win/win situation for everyone. Additionally, the ability to identify and form global coalitions is imperative to address larger-scale industry issues.
C4.0: Global Management Approaches
C4.1 Cosmopolitanism Understand that global industry professionals share common goals and values. It is necessary to be sensitive to the need for a careful and systematic approach to group facilitation and teamwork to ensure that different cultural perspectives are not suppressed.
C4.2 Strategic Awareness The fundamental requirements of this competency are the continual acquisition of information and the ability to synthesize that information to produce new knowledge.
C4.3 Adaptability to Accelerated Change The most important element of adapting to change is a transformation in mindset from a resistant survival-based response to the realization that change is a continual opportunity to mold the future, rather than a crisis for movement. Industry agendas and policy changes are typically the leading changes that require adaptation.
C4.4 Global Public Issues Understanding how global environmental issues such as climate change and global warming affect parks and public lands will aid in decision making and overall park operations. Other global public health issues include obesity, lifestyle choices, and the roles of community groups, parks, recreation, and public lands.
C4.5 Consulting Understand and implement consulting assistance in benchmarking, global economy and commerce, communication and media, and scientific inquiry and research practices in supporting parks and public lands organizations and initiatives.