Naperville Park District Program Manager Gary Foiles recently passed the National Recreation and Park Association’s Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) exam, making him the 12th individual in Illinois to receive the certification and 109th nationally.
CPRE certification establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative and executive parks and recreation professionals. This mastery-level credential focuses on the practical knowledge and current real-world skills needed in today’s changing park and recreation environment.
Foiles, having achieved the first level of certification (Certified Park and Recreation Professional) in 1994 is the first Naperville Park District staff member to receive the CPRE. He has been with the Park District for 31 years, managing multiple programs in athletics, and has served as an elected park commissioner for the Batavia Park District for the past five years.
“Professionally, pursuing the CPRE seemed like a great thing to do,” said Foiles, who also is a past chairman of the National Recreation and Park Association’s CPRP Test Committee.
“As a nationally accredited and state accredited agency, we encourage our employees to seek continuing education and to pursue the highest standards of achievement in the industry, so that we can bring excellent programs and services to our community,” said Executive Director Ray McGury.
To earn the CPRE certification, individuals must hold a current Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification, meet specific requirements for education and experience, and successfully pass an exam covering a comprehensive set of topics including communication, finance, human resources, operations and planning.
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