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Dave Ramirez Earns National Certification For Parks And Recreation E-mail
Written by Tanya Doran, GRCC   

Gibsonton, Fl., February, 2015 – David J. Ramirez, Recreation Program Supervisor was recently certified as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board (NCB) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). 

The CPRP certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services professions who meet the eligibility requirements—including a combination of higher education and/or work experience—and who successfully complete the national CPRP examination.  The examination tests knowledge in all aspects of general administration, programming and operations management for parks and recreation.  CPRP certifications are valid for a period of two years, and professionals who wish to re-apply are required to complete a professional continuing education unit requirements or equivalent academic course work.

Individuals certified as CPRPs meet high standards of education, expertise and experience established in the field for park and recreation professionals, and many agencies recommend or require CPRP certification when hiring for professional positions.

Dave has managed the Gardenville Recreation Center for Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department for nearly 20 years where he has conducted and supervised recreational programs for residents of all ages. The center hosts successful summer programs catering to hundreds of area youth, and offers programming such as Pickleball and weekly socials for active adults and seniors. Dave also conducts and oversees the fishing and outdoors program which includes saltwater fishing camps supported by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network. Dave is active in his community,serving on boards, and volunteering with several organizations and local civic groups.

The CPRP program is offered by the National Certification Board in coordination with NRPA and the CPRP Certification Committee. 

About the National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people.  Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.  For more information, visit www.nrpa.org.  For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrec-magazine.org.