Students who graduate from Calvin with a Recreation major may be eligible for professional certification by several agencies. The purpose of certification is to ensure that personnel employed in recreation, parks, and leisure services meet high standards of performance. Most certification processes require specific academic qualifications be met upon graduation for eligibility for application. Students will then contact the agency for application materials and testing information.
Recreation majors are eligible for certification by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) after working in the field for at least 1 year. Students should contact the National Recreation and Park Association for the necessary applications and instructions. The professional organization will notify students applying for CPRP status of approval or disapproval to sit for the exam. The exam assesses the core knowledge of job-related tasks common to entry-level professionals. Approximately six weeks after completion of the CPRP exam, applicants receive notification of their status. Professionals maintain certification by earning approved Continuing Education Units or academic credit.
Recreation majors who have a completed the therapeutic recreation option should consider certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Students must meet specific academic requirements related to coursework and internship in order to apply for certification. Upon approval of the application to National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), the student will receive an invitation to sit for the national exam. This exam tests for knowledge about the important skills and information necessary for minimum competency in therapeutic recreation practice. Upon meeting the eligibility requirements and passing the exam, the individual will receive the CTRS credential, which requires annual maintenance and renewal every five years.