About World Parks Academy
Professional development for parks and recreation professionals has typically been reserved for national certifying organizations. Indiana University’s World Parks Academy seeks to unite national certification systems by providing the first international competency-based certification programs for the parks and recreation industry. Additionally, the World Parks Academy provides certifications for countries without a current national certifying body.
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Who We Are
What We Do
The World Parks Academy provides a high-quality and comprehensive competency-based certification program to park and recreation professionals across the globe through two certification programs:
WPA also endorses university degrees and other tertiary parks, open space, and recreation-related programs that meet the Academy’s standards based on internationally developed competencies through its Program of Merit.
Why We Do It
Our objectives are to:
- Advance the parks profession worldwide.
- Share knowledge, tools, and expertise.
- Build global partnerships.
While many nations have strong domestic certification programs for park and recreation professionals, others do not. The World Parks Academy seeks to connect practitioners from various disciplines regardless of national certification status through an international competency-based certification program.
As global cooperation to steward the world’s resources becomes critical, it’s imperative for parks professionals to view and address their local issues through a global lens. This means learning from and partnering with international colleagues, and seeing ourselves a part of a unified movement with a shared mission.
How We Do It
The Eppley Institute at Indiana University and the World Urban Parks commitment to parks and public lands spans over 75 years. Their combined efforts and experience informed the competency standards that have launched World Park Academy’s award-winning professional development and credentialling systems.
WPA Board Members
In mid-2013, the World Parks Academy (WPA) Board was established to provide governance and administrative oversight for the WPA.