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Northwest Missouri State University

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Sept. 8, 2015

Tyler Tapps earns national certification for parks and recreation

Dr. Tyler Tapps

Dr. Tyler Tapps

Dr. Tyler Tapps, assistant professor of recreation at Northwest Missouri State University, recently became a certified park and recreation professional (CPRP) through 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 profession who meet eligibility requirements — including a combination of higher education 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.

Tapps is in his second year as a faculty member at Northwest and is the graduate coordinator for the School of Health Science and Wellness: Applied Health Science and Recreation programs. He also serves as the undergraduate accreditation coordinator for the recreation program and serves on multiple state and national committees.

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. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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