Among the Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) National Awards of Excellence were the first Certified Parks and Leisure Professional (CPLP) recipients. After extensive testing PLA partnered with the World Parks Academy to offer an Australian version of the national-level Certified Parks Professional.

The Awards on 24 October 2017 were part of the PLA national conference on the Gold Coast of Australia. Jenn Halliday, Chair of Generate Network, was on hand to pass on photos of some of the six PLA members being awarded with the credential. The CPLP recognises professional competency of Australian Professionals in the form of experience, skills, qualifications and professional contributions.

The recipients were: Neal Ames, Mark Band, Sophia Czarkowski, Hugh Gardner, Ben Thomas, and Rachel Thorpe.

PLA is the second national association (after Hortis France) to have members professional certified with a national version of CPP. As with CPP, suitably qualified holders of CPLA can apply for the global-level CPP-International.

PLA members interested in obtaining the CPLP can view the online eligibility criteria, application and self-assessment pathway at the World Parks Academy or contact the PLA Office.


Those from other countries who are interested in obtaining CPP may view the online application.