Much has happened since we introduced the Ifpra Academy in 2013. The Academy launched its website (www.ifpra-academy.org) and a monthly e-newsletter (The Ifpra Academy Exchange) and also began accepting and reviewing applications for the certification programs. With the close of 2014, a new year is upon us and the Academy has several updates to share.
First, the Academy is pleased to announce that there are 33 Certified International Park Professionals (CIPPs) and 10 Certified Park Professionals (CPPs) representing 10 different countries. The initial reaction to the Academy has been positive and the Academy seeks to build off its successful first year.
Second, news of the Academy is spreading far and wide. Recently, Board of Regents member Jason Summers published an article in Australasian Parks and Leisure. The article provides an overview of the Academy and also stresses the importance of seeking an international professional credential.
Third, the Academy’s parent organization, the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration (Ifpra), is changing its name. Effective in May at the World Congress, Ifpra will be known as World Urban Parks. At that time the Ifpra Academy will be adopting the new name World Parks Academy.
If you are interested in learning more about the Ifpra Academy (soon to be World Parks Academy) and its certification programs, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org today!