Training & Education Overview

COVID-19 & Live Events:

We appreciate your patience as we work with state and local authorities, as well as our board and members, to decide how to host live events safely and effectively. If you are seeing this message, it means we are currently still in planning mode for the events listed, and will update this page when we know more. For any questions email Thank you again for your support and understanding.

Workplace skill building occurs here! 

Have a specialty area to develop or just want to refine your skill set for a job change?  Our education and training programs assist you with that competitive edge.  We help you move yourself and our profession forward!

CPRS Hosted Training for Park & Recreation Professionals

Annual Conference & Expo – March
The premier regional park & recreation conference & expo in the US. usually in WinterOpenBecome empowered in the top-notch education programs, engage with park and recreation professionals and explore the largest regional expo hall in the US.

School of Rec

Recreation professionals will come together for a NEW program planned for Lake Arrowhead, beginning in the Fall of 2020. This school will help you acquire the skills that set you apart, as you position yourself for growth as a recreation professional. In addition to building professional connections with your peers, enjoy hot-topic sessions taught by professionals who are leaders in their field!

 ARE YOU READY TO REC? Join the CPRS Recreation Section at the scenic Camp Commerce for a rocking week of recreation and education! Look for registration materials Spring 2020.  Registration limited.

Playing Field Maintenance Academy --  (currently planning for 2020)

~Endorsed by the CPRS Development & Operations Section
Half-day training for field maintenance providers that includes a take-home publication; topics areas include Playing Field Turf, Soccer Goal, Fencing, Dugout Care, Durability of Materials, Access for Public and Emergency Vehicles Standard of Care and Legal Considerations.  Register Online when open!

Playing Field Maintenance Guidebook
This Playing Field Maintenance Guidebook is informative and easy to use with solutions to every day field management.  You can purchase the Playing Field Maintenance Guidebook from CPRS—here is the order form.

CA Aquatic Management School—October 2019 (North Lake Tahoe) Training for all aquatic professionals, from pool managers and coordinators to recreation and aquatic supervisors and administrators. With vast networking opportunities and nationally recognized speakers, CAMS offers the latest trends in aquatic programming. (Registration limit)  This program rotates between Lake Arrowhead (even years) and North Lake Tahoe (odd years).

Maintenance Management School – November 150+ park and recreation professionals representing over 60 public agencies participate in this five-year program. The school teaches a systematic approach for determining the resources needed to maintain a public facility. (Registration limit)  This program is held in Lake Arrowhead each year.

Playground Maintenance Academy - (currently planning for 2020) (typically offered Fall/Late Spring)
~Endorsed by the CPRS Development & Operations Section
Half-day training for playground maintenance providers that includes a take-home publication; topics areas include *Ways to avoid injuries to children and the lawsuits that may follow, *Adequate Surfacing, *Surfacing Compliance, * Playground Site, *Hazards vs. Risk, *Responsibility of an Owner/Operator, *Responsibility of the Installer, *Purchasing New Equipment.

Playground Safety Certification--all year long, State-wide Options 
Playground Safety Certification provides the authority to examine playgrounds for compliance with California regulations R-39-97.  To become certified take this certification course, then sit for the 100 question exam. (Registration limit of 80)

Desktop Learning - Webinars 

60-75 Minute Webinars hosted typically in Fall & Winter, use them for staff training!  Annual series continues to focus on pressing issues facing parks and recreation staff.  Faculty is a combination of your peers and professional trainers with experience in government issues. (Registration Limit)

Regional Fall Forums & Workshops/Forums/Institutes (if our groups are still planning, we've left previous information listed to give you an idea)

Speaker Data Base & Call for Sessions (this link will change in Spring 2020)

Need speaker or session ideas?  Call the CPRS Education Department at 916.665.2777 for topic areas to consider or speaker ideas.  We conduct a general "call for sessions" for all our state-wide training events May - November.  Online session submittals are currently closed as of November 26, 2019.  Please call us if you desire more information.