PRPS is the principal statewide association providing professional development, leadership, advocacy and resources for those working and volunteering in the parks and recreation field.

The Society’s members include managers of municipal and state recreation and park systems, recreation therapists and wellness specialists, higher education professors and students, managers and programmers of commercial recreation facilities, suppliers and manufacturers of recreation and park products and services, and citizen members of community recreation and park boards across the Commonwealth. 

PRPS serves its members and corporate, organizational and community partners by providing industry news and trends, legislative advocacy, technical assistance and resources, and many professional development opportunities and networking forums each year.

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The PA Recreation & Park Society (PRPS) invites you to attend the 77th Annual PRPS Conference & Expo in Seven Springs from Tuesday, March 12 through Friday, March 15, 2024. This is the largest professional development event for parks and recreation professionals, and this year we are offering more than 60 educational sessions, an expo hall, networking, and socials.


Online Class/Exam – February 20, 2024
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Class and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Exam

The CPO (Certified Pool Operator) program is recognized worldwide as the gold standard for the swimming pool industry and is an assurance to pool and spa owners that their facilities and guests are under the care of a trained professional. The program will provide individuals with the knowledge, techniques, and skills required for proper pool operations. Over 400,000 students have been trained since 1972.

*This course also qualifies for PA Dept. of Agriculture Pesticide Recertification training for Swim Pools (6 Core and 4 Category 24 credits).  

The Fusion CPO Certification Course is unique. It offers participants the freedom to advance at their own pace and at their convenience. Upon registration, you will receive the Pool & Spa Operator Handbook through the mail and access to eight (8) interactive online modules (6-8 hours) that will guide you through the material. After completing the modules, participants will attend a one-day online session with the instructor. This session will consist of an intensive review in the morning and a proctored exam in the afternoon. All modules need to be completed at least 24 hours prior to exam on Tuesday, February 20.  The CPO certification is valid for five years.