Monday, February 25, 2013

52 Ways to Use Your VRPS Membership: Week 9, Forums

by Nancy Turnage, VRPS Central Office

Virginia Recreation and Park membership entitles you to subscribe to industry-related online forums on the VRPS website:

  • Legislative
  • Resource Group (Athletics, Aquatics, Cultural Diversity, Outdoor Recreation, Senior, Therapeutic Recreation)
  • Service Areas (CSA, ESA, NSA, SWSA, WSA)
  • Events (Annual Conference)
  • Directors (for those Professionals who are directors of their VRPS member agencies)

An internet forum is a discussion area where members can post, as well as read and respond to other's posts, in an online conversation or "thread".  Posts/threads are also archived.

Interested?  Follow the link to subscribe.

Stay Strong, Relevant, and Engaged.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

52 Ways to Use Your VRPS Membership: Week 8, CPSI

CPSI (formerly NPSI)
by Nancy Turnage, VRPS Central Office

Virginia Recreation and Park Society will sponsor the CPSI course and exam twice in 2013:

VRPS Members receive a $25 discount on the course and a $50 discount on the exam, for a potential total savings of $75.  VRPS individual professional memberships are $75/year.  Do the math.  By joining VRPS, your savings for the CPSI course and exam, as a member, pays for your VRPS membership.

Register soon!  Course materials are in and being shipped to paid registrants.

Program Mission

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification is offered by the National Certification Board in coordination with the National Recreation and Park Association. The purpose of the CPSI certification is for those certified to be able to: identify hazards on public playground equipment and the playground; rank the hazards according to injury potential; and apply the knowledge to remove the hazards and establish a system of inspections and maintenance.
The National Recreation and Park Association Playground Safety Certification Courses are intended to provide training for individuals interested in becoming Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSI).
CPSI Certification 178
NRPA is dedicated to promoting children's right to play in a safe and challenging play environment. NRPA's vision is to train and certify at least one person from every community across the United States to be a CPSI. These inspectors will share their knowledge on the public-use playground standards with people responsible for playground safety within their agencies and throughout their communities.

Stay Strong, Relevant, and Engaged.

Monday, February 11, 2013

52 Ways to Use Your VRPS Membership: Week 7, Resource Groups

Week Seven:  Resource Groups
by Nancy Turnage, VRPS Central Office

Membership in VRPS entitles you to an affiliation with any of the six resource groups; each works toward the advocacy of the professional's area of expertise.

Cultural Diversity
Therapeutic Recreation

Are you interested in joining?  Would you like to become involved in networking with peers in your selective area of expertise?  In particular, VRPS is looking to "revive" Athletics, Cultural Diversity, and Therapeutic Recreation.  Interested persons are asked to contact 2013 VRPS President Katey Legg, CPRP.

Stay Strong, Relevant, and Engaged.

Monday, February 4, 2013

52 Ways to Use Your VRPS Membership: Week 6, Service Areas

Week Six:  Service Areas
by Nancy Turnage, VRPS Central Office

VRPS Membership is divided into five geographical areas.  Each service area sponsors meetings, workshops, and special events.  Identify your service area on the map and follow the link to see what's happening in your's - Who's on the board?  When is the next meeting?  How can you get involved?  Be sure to login and update your VRPS member record with your accurate service area.
  1. Central
  2. Eastern
  3. Northern
  4. Southwestern
  5. Western
Stay Strong, Relevant, and Engaged.