• 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.

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World Parks Academy COVID-19 Statement

The World Parks Academy recognises the way we connect has evolved during COVID-19.

Confinement and social distancing has seen face-to-face meetings, work relationships, conferences, and training replaced with the rapid expansion of webinars, zoom meetings, and social media exchange between colleagues.

More timely and efficient discussion of work, issues, and professional development has resulted and boundaries have expanded from regional to national and international  without traditional limitations of distance or economy.  As world issues unfold, such as equity questions related to “Black Lives Matter”, you can jump on line with world colleagues to discuss implications for your city.

It’s never been easier to participate with your international colleagues and get connected with what’s happening.  And now you can attend online education or training with a US perspective, such as Indiana University-Eppley’s Human Health and Natural Environments Certificate or recent Playground Maintenance Technician Training Program.  Join international webinars and events such as the World Parks Academy’s recent Designs on the Future: Parks Beyond COVID; World Urban Parks’ recent World Parks Week Webinars or programs of its member associations, such as NRPA’s Virtual Events. Or have the WPA Board formally recognize your national and new-found international skills and experience as a Certified Parks Professional through an online assessment.

As COVID-19 restrictions lift and professionals return to employment, new horizons have opened in balancing physical and virtual work and development.

Take advantage of your new-found access to the world through World Urban Parks and the World Parks Academy.

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Dr Digby Whyte

Chair World Parks Academy

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