The Eppley Institute’s partnership for competency research and certification with the International Federation of Park and Recreation Academy (soon to become World Urban Parks) is creating collaborative ‘articulation’ agreements with Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Portugal, and Japan. The Certified International Park Professional (CIPP) has over 40 members in its first 9 months of operation, and is derived from competency research completed by Eppley. Administered here at IU, the certification program is slowly gaining support worldwide as professional organizations (mostly volunteer and university partner driven) seek credentialing for park, recreation, and protected area professionals. More can be found at www.ifpra-academy.org.
An article from the Australian Parks and Leisure magazine follows.