• Senior Professional Clause

    Well-experienced park professionals will be considered for direct awarding of Certified Park Professional International (CPPI) upon completing their CPPI application. Subject to eligibility.

    Click here to learn more »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Upcoming Free Webinar: Whitewater Recreation 101

    With Presenters:
    Scott Shipley, S2O Design and Engineering
    Scott Martin, River Heritage Conservancy

    March 20, 2019 10:00am (EST)

    To sign up, visit our training partner at provalenslearning.com »

World Parks Academy About :
WPA Board Members

In mid-2013, the World Parks Academy (WPA) Board was established to provide governance and administrative oversight for the WPA.

Dr. Digby Whyte

Dr. Digby Whyte
WPA Chair
Term expires: 2022

Consultant, New Zealand

Hana Cleveland

Hana Cleveland
WPA Administrator
No term expiration

Program Manager, Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands
Indiana University, USA

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Luis Romahn
Term expires:  2022

President of Mexico’s National Park and Recreation Association

Dr. Yoritaka Tashiro

Prof. Yoritaka Tashiro
Term expires: 2019

Professor emeritus, Chiba University, Japan

Carmen Grace-Salazar
Term expires: 2022

Professor, University of Costa Rica

Kostas Stavrianakis
Term expires: 2022

Research Associate, Leisure Behavior, Recreation, and Tourism Studies, Indiana University, USA

Felicitas Heimann
Term expires: 2022

Landscape Architect, Norway

Elize Van Staden
Term expires: 2022

Lecturer at the University of South Africa, PhD Environmental Management

Ex-Officio Members:

Neil McCarthy

Neil McCarthy
Chief Executive Officer, World Urban Parks
No term expiration

Stephen A. Wolter

Stephen A. Wolter
No term expiration

Executive Director, Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands
Indiana University, USA