Ifpra Academy Professional Certification

The World Parks Academy was established in 2013 by antecedent organisation Ifpra in partnership with Indiana University’s Eppley Institute for Parks and Lands to recognise and develop the credentials of parks and recreation professionals around the world with an accreditation system comprising the:

·         Certified Parks Professional (CPP); and

·         Certified Parks Professional - International (CPPI).

 

For an Overview Brochure of the Academy click here and for full information and to apply go to the World Parks Academy website.

The World Parks Academy encourages and recognises national certification or accreditation by national professional associations, such as the US National Parks and Recreation Association's Certified Park and Recreation Professional and Certified Park and Recreation Executive, Japan Parks and Recreation Foundation's Qualified Parks Professional, New Zealand Recreation Association's Accredited Park and Recreation Professional, and the Canadian Recreation and Parks Association certification as a way of ensuring professional standards.

CPP is a national-level professional certification available to professionals in countries where no national or state certification is available. It is not offered in countries with existing certification. The World Parks Academy encourages certification by national associations. Where they do not have the capacity the World Parks Academy can provide a national version of CPP awarded jointly with the organisation. The Certified Parks Professional - France (CPP-F) is offered to French professionals in partnership with the French national association Hortis.

CPPI is an international-level professional certification provided directly by the World Parks Academy. Applicants must first hold their national-level certification or CPP.

 

 Obtaining the World Parks Academys Certified Parks Professional

credential has strengthened my credibility as a leading professional in the wide-ranging field of parks and

recreation as well as had a positive effect on my perceived integrity as a government employee from the public.

            - Adam Esch, Recreation Coordinator, Community Services, Municipal District of Greenview, Alberta, Canada

 

The benefits of certification include:

·         Being recognised by a national or international professional body and your peers as meeting a professional  or senior international professional standard

·         Institutions and recruiting employers have confidence in your credentials and that you maintain your professional development

 

World Parks Academy Certified Parks Professional (CPP)

This national-level credential is for professionals in countries with no relevant national or state credentialing.  The CPP is awarded to professionals who meet a number of competencies through their experience, qualifications, and training. If there are any gaps candidates have options to increase their competence in their home country or by on-line learning through the Academy. The CPP requires on-going commitment to professional development to be maintained. Applications are now open at the World Parks Academy.

The CPP also provides an indication of an international standard to national associations considering offering certification to their members.

 

To be eligible and be awarded CPP the following is required:

1.  Current World Urban Parks membership status (successful new applicants receive 1 year free World Urban Parks membership);

AND

2.  A.  University degree; and
     B.  Two years of park work experience as assessed as providing competency in at least three of the CPP competencies.

OR

3.  Five years of senior-level park management experience (e.g., supervisor, consultant, senior planner), and assessed as providing competency in at least four of the CPP competencies.

OR

4.  Five years of park management experience and completion of training as approved by the World Parks Academy Board of Regents that sufficiently meets at least five CPP competencies

Note that where competencies are not fully met an Individual Development Plan can be developed with the applicant to achieve competency through further experience or training.

 

World Parks Academy Certified Parks Professional International (CPPI)

The World Parks Academy offers a unique international credential for senior-level professionals who operate in an international environment, the CPP-I. The CPP-I is awarded to senior professionals who meet a number of internationally-focussed competencies through their qualifications, training and experience. Attending an international conference workshop is also a component. Applications are now open at the World Parks Academy.

 

To be eligible and be awarded CPP-I under the standard process the following is required:

1.  Currently holds:

  • a.  Recognized professional certification from a national, state, or international organization that is recognised by the World Parks Academy, OR

  • b.  CPP designation directly from the World Parks Academy
AND

2.  Has Two or more years as a World Urban Parks “Professional Membership” designation; and

3.  Has Four years of park management experience, with two at the Senior Professional level (e.g., supervisor, consultant, senior planner); and

4.  Completes a competency self-assessment and is assessed as meeting at least 3 of the 4 CPPI Competencies (see diagram below); and

5.  Attends a World Urban Parks - World Parks Academy Workshop.

Note that where competencies are not fully met an Individual Development Plan can be developed with the applicant to achieve competency through further experience or training within three years.

 

A special Senior Professional Clause exists for well-experienced professionals to obtain CPP-I on a faster track. To see if you are eligible for direct award under this clause, please review the following criteria:

  1. Currently holds World Urban Parks professional membership (Successful applicants receive 1 year free World Urban Parks membership); and
  2. Holds or is eligible for CPP and has 10 years of senior professional park-related experience that is assessed as meeting at least 3 of the 4 CPPI Competencies; and

  3. Has achieved 4 different activities from the following 7 options:

    • World Urban Parks Congresses or supported conferences,

    • Service in international consultancies, schools, or field trips,

    • Studied international park and recreation operations through workshops, seminars, classes, programs, technical visits, etc.,

    • Served on professional committees or task forces of an international nature

    • Published an international-related journal article,

    • Conducted international parks research, or

    • Other professional park activity

 

The CPP and CPPI competencies are shown in the following diagram. The relevance of these competencies has been validated by academics and professionals around the world.

 

 

World Parks Academy Website

Administration of the World Parks Academy and the certification program is by Indiana University's Eppley Institute who maintain the World Parks Academy website launched in January 2014. The Academy is open for applications and the World Parks Academy Board of Regents has been awarding certifications.

 

Certification Register

The World Urban Parks and World Parks Academy websites will maintain a register of certification holders.

The World Parks Academy CPP Register is here and the CPPI Register is here

The following persons have been awarded certification by the World Parks Academy:

 Pictured: Professor Yoritaka Tashiro receives one of the first CPPI certificates from President Emanuel Trueb at the 2014 Malaysia Urban Green Space and Ifpra Asia-Pacific Conference in Penang June 2014.

Certification Register

First Name Last Name Country Organization Date Certification
           
Hiroki Akazawa Japan University of Hyogo 24/09/2014 CPPI
Graciela  Barreiro Argentina Botanical Garden of the city of Buenos Aires 12/06/2014 CPPI
Daniel Boulens France Ville de Lyon 13/09/2016 CPPI
Christy  Boylan Ireland Landscape Consultant 12/06/2014 CPPI
Ingjerd Bratterud Norway Stavanger Kommune, Park og Vei 24/09/2014 CPPI
Liam  Casey Ireland Cork City Council 08/01/2016 CPPI
Anne Charlton Canada City of Calgary 14/12/2015 CPPI
Nicholas Crous New Zealand Kapiti Coast District Council 24/09/2014 CPPI
Makoto Etani Japan Park Management Laboratory Co., Ltd 24/09/2014 CPPI
Tim Geyer Australia Queanbeyan City Council 24/09/2014 CPPI
Kevin Halpenny Ireland Fingal County Council 01/05/2015 CPPI
Richard Hendrick South Africa University of South Africa 12/06/2014 CPPI
Peter Holman UK Consultant 01/05/2015 CPPI
Lynn Jamieson USA Indiana University 03/02/2015 CPPI
Miho Kataoka Japan Bikoh Industry Corporation 24/09/2014 CPPI
Tomoki Kato Japan Ueyakato Landscape Co. Ltd. 12/08/2015 CPPI
Hiroshi Kawahara Japan Parks and Recreation Foundation 24/09/2014 CPPI
Takeyuki Kitayama Japan Qualified Park Administrators Society 03/02/2015 CPPI
Shin Kobayashi Japan Consultant 03/02/2015 CPPI
Haruto Kobayashi Japan Qualified Park Administrators Society 03/02/2015 CPPI
Murray  Kopp Canada Regional  District of Central Okanagan 10/05/2016 CPPI
Charles  Leider USA Oklahoma State University 12/06/2014 CPPI
Neil McCarthy Australia North East Catchment Management Authority 12/06/2014 CPPI
Tsunato Mizuno Japan Aichi Urban Development Association 24/09/2014 CPPI
Masako Muraoka Japan Life Landscape Planning Co., Ltd. 10/12/2014 CPPI
Willem Nel South Africa University of South Africa 24/09/2014 CPPI
Tadashi Nogami Japan Nogami Planting Co., Ltd. 24/09/2014 CPPI
Kenzo Oguchi Japan Parks and Recreation Foundation 12/06/2014 CPPI
Ryu  Ono Japan Park Management Laboratory Co., Ltd. 12/06/2014 CPPI
Derek Roozen New Zealand Christchurch City Council 10/12/2014 CPPI
Chris Rutherford New Zealand Xyst Ltd. 12/06/2014 CPPI
Torgeir Soerensen Norway Stavanger Kommune, Park og Vei 12/06/2014 CPPI
Anna Steidle Germany Anna Steidle Consult 24/09/2014 CPPI
Jason Summers Australia Hume City Council 12/06/2014 CPPI
Kasuma Takida Japan Osaka Prefectural Park Association 06/11/2015 CPPI
Kouichi Tanaka Japan Yodogawa Riverside Park Administrative Office 24/09/2014 CPPI
Yoritaka Tashiro Japan World Urban Parks - Japan 12/06/2014 CPPI
Hugo Jan Trago Israel Ramat Hanadiv Memorial Gardens and Park 08/11/2016 CPPI
Seiji Uchiyama Japan Yodogawa Riverside Park Management Office 29/05/2015 CPPI
Russel Wedge New Zealand Christchurch City Council 12/06/2014 CPPI
Digby  Whyte New Zealand World Urban Parks 12/06/2014 CPPI
Paul Wilson New Zealand Xyst Ltd. 12/06/2014 CPPI
Stephen Wolter USA Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands, Indiana University 12/06/2014 CPPI
Mary Worrall UK Wirral Metropolitan Council 01/10/2017 CPPI
Kiho Yanagi Japan Tokyo Landscape Architects Inc. 06/11/2015 CPPI
Neal Ames Australia Campbelltown City Council 17/10/2017 CPLP
Cecile Arnaud-Lorillou France Chambery 28/03/2017 CPP-F
Gregory Aymond France Ville de Roanne 13/09/2016 CPP-F
Mark Band Australia Parks and Leisure Australia 17/10/2017 CPLP
Shane Bisseker Australia Mareeba Shire Council 03/02/2015 CPP
Hilde Blokkum Norway Stavanger Kommune, Park og Vei 03/02/2015 CPP
Sophia Czarkowski Australia Rockhampton Regional Council 17/10/2017 CPLP
Pascal Debieu France Cergy-Pontoise 13/09/2016 CPP-F
Stéphane Delavallade France Métropole de Reims 13/09/2016 CPP-F
Eve Duval France Ville de Gonesse 19/09/2016 CPP-F
Adam Esch Canada Municipal District of Greenview 03/02/2015 CPP
Mark Finnegan Ireland DARD 10/12/2014 CPP
Elisabeth Fournier France Métropole de Bordeaux 13/09/2016 CPP-F
Hugh Gardner Australia City of Subiaco 17/10/2017 CPLP
Pascal Goubier France Métropole de Lyon 13/09/2016 CPP-F
Robin Grimwade Australia Columbia Credit Union 24/09/2014 CPP
Felicitas  Heimann Norway Stavanger Kommune, Park og Vei 03/02/2015 CPP
Austin Hochstetler USA PROS Consulting 03/02/2015 CPP
Clare Johnston Australia Moreland City Council 24/09/2014 CPP
Patrick Lafforgue France Ville de Narbonne 28/03/2017 CPP-F
Aina Hovden Lunde Norway Stavanger Kommune, Park og Vei 30/02/2015 CPP
Emmanuel Maphorogo South Africa City of Johannesburg 13/09/2016 CPP-SA
Roland-Marie Marceron France Ville de Bourges 13/09/2016 CPP-F
Trevor Poth Canada City of Red Deer 10/12/2014 CPP
Jean-Louis Rey France Ville de Lucon 28/03/2017 CPP-F
Jean-Marie Rogel France Ville de Lyon 13/09/2016 CPP-F
Ben Thomas Australia Ipswich City Council 17/10/2017 CPLP
Rachel Thorpe Australia AECOM 17/10/2017 CPLP
Scott Virgin Canada City of Burlington 01/10/2017 CPP
Trevor Wright South Africa City of Cape Town 10/12/2014 CPP
Chris Ziemski Canada Ontario Parks Association 10/12/2014 CPP

 

Governance and Role of the World Parks Academy

 

The World Parks Academy and certification program is governed by a seven member Board of Regents, an international body of academics and practitioners independent of World Urban Parks' board. This is to ensure that the professional focus, rigour and further development of the international profession are the focus, and to separate the Academy's administration.

 

The World Parks Academy Board of Regents are in Table 1:

Table 1.

Name

Role

Email

Country

Dr Christy Boylan (Chair)

Landscape Consultant

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Ireland

Torgeir Sørensen (Deputy Chair)

Director, Parks & Streets, City of Stavanger

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Norway

Stephen Wolter (Secretary)

Executive Director, Eppley Institute

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USA

Prof. Richard Hendrick

Professor, University of South Africa

 

 

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South Africa

Prof. Yoritaka Tashiro

Emeritus Professor, Chiba University

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Japan

Graciela Barreiro

Director, Carlos Thays Botanic Garden

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Argentina

Jason Summers

Manager, Parks & Open Space, Hume City

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Australia

Gil Penalosa

Ex officio Chair World Urban Parks

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Canada

 

The role of the Academy is outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding between World Urban Parks and the Eppley Institute.

World Urban Parks and the Eppley Institute will:

A.      Enhance the global awareness of international education opportunities afforded through certification, conference attendance, and advanced education.

B.      Create and monitor two new certification categories:

·         Certified Park Professional (CPP)

·         Certified International Park Professional (CPPI)

C.      Provide an Academy that will serve as the educational hub for advanced education.

·         Both organizations will collaborate on developing the curriculum for the World Urban Parks Academy as well as curriculum implementation.

D.      Create a Board of Regents to provide governance and perform administrative duties for the World Parks Academy.

·         The Eppley Institute will hold the role of Secretary.

E.       Develop Terms of Reference that will outline the structure and scope of the Board of Regents.

F.       Develop a competency-based academic curriculum to achieve the CIPP certification.

G.     Promote the involvement between World Urban Parks members and the CPP/CPPI certifications; namely, through advocating for the World Parks Academy.

H.      Facilitate information exchange through the sharing of information on events and activities pertaining to the World Parks Academy.