National Accreditation

Charged with providing high quality recreation services and experiences, an increasing number of park and recreation agencies across the country are applying for the Agency Accreditation Program through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

CAPRA administers a rigorous program based on self-assessment and peer review using national standards of best practice to better promote the quality of agency services and delivery systems.
CARPA Accreditation


Agency accreditation is available to all entities administering park and recreation systems, including:
  • Municipalities
  • Townships
  • Counties
  • Special districts and regional authorities
  • Councils of government and schools
Agency accreditation is voluntary, but an essential piece to producing quality environments for communities to play, live and grow.

Introduction to Agency Accreditation

Nearly 200 million people use local park and recreation services annually to enhance their physical and social well-being. They seek the highest quality recreation experiences. Agency self-assessment and peer review is an excellent process for evaluating the quality of the system, which delivers these services.

Who Administers Accreditation?

The Accreditation Program for Park and Recreation Agencies is administered by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, an independent body which is sanctioned by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA).