Professional Designations

The World Parks Academy (WPA) is a collaboration between World Urban Parks, the open space and recreation organization, and Indiana University, one of the USA’s leading universities in the area of parks, recreation, health, and tourism. The WPA provides competency-based certification and training programs for parks and recreation professionals worldwide.

The Academy offers two certifications based on a candidate’s level of national and international experience in parks and recreation management. For both certifications, WPA uses competency-based frameworks to assess a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in the field.

Become Part of an International Community of Parks and Recreation Professionals. Click here to find out more about the international designations.