Professional Development

The Certified Parks and Leisure Professional

The Certified Parks and Leisure Professional (CPLP) qualification is the Australian national benchmark for industry professionals. The qualification is based on your experience in the field and assessed by an international board of industry leaders who look at your knowledge, skills, and abilities in:

  • Asset Management
  • Landscape and Amenity Horticulture
  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Project Management
  • Resource Management
  • Business Acumen
  • Supervision
  • Interpretation and Education
  • Public Health
  • Leadership, and Recreation

Am I Eligible?

You will need a current Parks and Leisure Australia membership


Have university degree in a relevant field


Have two years of park and/or leisure work experience providing competency in at least three of the CPLP competencies.


Five years of senior-level park and/or leisure management experience providing competency in at least four of the CPLP competencies.


Five years of park or leisure management experience and completion of training as approved by Parks and Leisure Australia that sufficiently meets at least five CPLP competencies.

How to Apply

  • Click here to complete the online application & assessment
    Please note you will need to be a member of PLA to be eligible
  • Your application will be assessed
  • If approved you will be provided with
    access to the assessment portal.
  • On successful completion of the
    assessment you will be notified by us.


CPLP is valid for three years from issue. In the three-year span, you must meet the following two criteria:

1. Maintain Parks and Leisure Australia membership
2. Complete 30 points of Continuing Professional Development

To achieve 30 points, refer to the CPD Point Allocation Table


We are currently in the process of bringing the administration of the CPLP in-house. If you wish you register your interest to be notified when available please contact Tara on the contact details below.

The certification is based on a candidates' knowledge, skills, and abilities in Asset Management, Landscape and Amenity Horticulture, Operations and Maintenance, Project Management, Resource Management, Business Acumen, Supervision, Interpretation and Education, Public Health, Leadership, and Recreation.

You will be able to use the initials CPLP after your name which will highlight that you have achieved this industry recognised status.


For more information contact Tara McConkey, National Office, (08) 8332 0130 or

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