Professional Development Certification through Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

CPRA logoKaren House has 8 years in the recreation sector and is currently the Leadership and Evaluation Consultant with SPRA and a student in the CPRA PDC program. Her paper on Capacity Building in Recreation was developed as part of the program requirements.

Ever since I started working in the recreation sector, I have been a keen participant in almost any professional development opportunity presented to me, and this was no different when SPRA began to promote and support the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Professional Development Certification (CPRA PCDC) program. I believe that life-long learning is fundamental for the growth and development of the recreation sector, and feel that there is always room to grow skills, knowledge and experiences through professional development.

In the winter of 2017, I completed the second required course for the CPRA PDC Program, specific to Trends and Issues in Recreation and Parks. The final assignment was to research and develop a reflection paper on a topic of my choice, related to trends in the sector.

True to my philosophy around professional development, my paper reviewed the importance of building the capacity of practitioners in the recreation and parks sector.

I now am looking forward to completing the final step in the CPRA PCD certification process, and will be developing a Knowledge Presentation report to be presented this October at the 2017 SPRA Conference in Warman, SK.