• 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 :
Certification Programs

The World Parks Academy is pleased to offer two certifications to park and recreation professionals:

Both certifications use a competency-based approach to learning and development. The comprehensive competency framework has been vetted by an international group of park professionals representing six continents and various disciplines of the park industry, experts in horticulture, park management, recreation, green design, arboriculture, community gardens, and urban planning throughout the world were involved. Through this process, the framework was verified.

The World Parks Academy works with national certifying bodies to provide additional credentialing support to park professionals. Because not all countries have an existing national certifying body, the Word Parks Academy fills that void. Park professionals can earn an international certification through a validation of their competencies and related work experience.