Professional accreditation is the bedrock upon which all professions have built their reputations. It assures that those entering the respective field have been prepared to practice.
When an academic recreation program is nationally accredited, it provides an assurance that the program has met national standards set by the field at large and has undergone rigorous external and impartial review by professionals, policymakers, and representatives of the public.
The level of excellence in the Department of Recreation Administration program is measured and assessed by this national accrediting body.
Accreditation: What Is It?
Accreditation is a distinguished mark of excellence that affords external recognition of an organization's commitment to quality and improvement. Accreditation has two fundamental purposes; to assure quality and to assure improvement. A further benefit to the accredited program is broader recognition in the academic community and the professional field. Employers can be assured that graduates of accredited programs are fully qualified for entry level positions.
The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies, within the United States and its territories, Canada, and Mexico. COAPRT is the only accreditation of recreation, park resources and leisure services curricula recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services profession who meet high standards of performance. Recent studies have identified the CPRP certification as one of the most desired certifications for recreation professionals. Students from accredited programs are eligible to sit for the Certified Park & Recration Professional (CPRP) examination.
National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification
"To protect the consumer of therapeutic recreation services by promoting the provision of quality therapeutic recreation services by NCTRC certificants."
* NCTRC is the nationally recognized credentialing organization for the profession to therapeutic recreation. Established in 1981, as an independent non-profit organization, NCTRC represents over 12,000 Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists employed within a variety of healthcare and human service settings.
Important Information Regarding Degree Mills
Please watch this important video regarding degree and accreditation mills. According to CHEA, "Degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school.
Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. “Accreditation” from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institution. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a useable credential." Read more on CHEA's website.