Maintenance Workshop

In 2010, the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association brought back the Maintenance Workshop; it had been eleven years since the last VT/NH Maintenance Workshop. In 2011 we began a collaboration with the New Hampshire Recreation and Parks Association (NHRPA) and NESTMA (New England Sports Turf Managers Association) to re-introduce the VT/NH Maintenance Workshop. The Maintenance Workshop is designed specifically for the men and women who take care of our parks and athletic facilities. In recent years the morning has been dedicated to site visits and hands-on workshops and the afternoon to facilitated best practice roundtable discussions.

The VT/NH Maintenance Workshop is now held every other year. This workshop is a great way to meet people from around the state who work in  park and  school settings and face similar challenges.

The next VT/NH Maintenance Workshop will be held in 2019.  While you wait for specific details for the 2019 event, click on the links for copies of the 2017 Maintenance Workshop Brochure for EXHIBITORS and ATTENDEES

Summerama Staff Training

The VRPA Summerama is a one-day training program for new and returning seasonal staff held each year in late May or early June. Summerama is a good way to enhance the staff training program you offer to your summer staff and a great opportunity for your staff to meet people from around the state who will be doing similar work. The registration fee is very affordable, with discounts for multiple registrations. VRPA members and non-members are welcome.

Summerama 2017 will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017. CLICK HERE for the 2017 Summerama brochure. You may register using the fillable registration form on the last page of the brochure or register online

Click on the link below for the Rainy Day handouts from the 2016 Summerama:
Rainy Day Activity List
Rainy Day Activity Descriptions      

Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Course

Hosted by The Vermont Recreation and Parks Association every five years. Next course scheduled on Tuesday & Wednesday, March 21-22, 2017.  

The Certified Pool Operator┬« certification program is a nationally recognized course which teaches advanced techniques in safety, water chemistry, maintenance, and management. This course is recognized as the standard in the industry. The CPO┬« seal of approval is assurance to pool and spa owners that their facilities and their swimmers are under the supervision of trained certified professionals. Those who complete the program and open-book examination receive certification which is valid for five years in all 50 states. CLICK HERE for more course details and registration materials.

Who should attend the CPO course? Recreation directors, maintenance personnel, aquatic staffr, recreation facility managers, service technicians, apartment/condo managers, health inspectors, and anyone else responsible for taking care of a pool, spa, or aquatic facility in a recreation center, health club, school, university, motel, etc.

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Course

Hosted by the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association every three yearsNext course scheduled on April 4-6, 2017. 


The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) is a 15-hour comprehensive training program on playground hazards identification and risk management methods, offered by the National Recreation and Parks Association.  Attendees have the option to site for the CPSI examination scheduled at the culmination of the course.  Upon  successfully passing the exam, you will be certified through the National Recreation and Parks Association as a Certified Playground Safety Inspector for a three year period.  The CPSI course provides the most comprehensive training program on playground safety anywhere.  Click Here for more details and course registration materials.


Who should attend the CPSI course? Administrators, supervisory personnel, public works department staff, planning department staff, buildings and grounds maintenance staff, engineers, architects, playground equipment representatives, operators and caretakers of playgrounds in parks, schools, summer camps, day camps, homeowners associations, hotels/resorts, childcare centers, and agencies such as the YMCAs, YWCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs.    


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