Schmitz earns Park & Rec Certification

NEW ULM – Tom Schmitz, Director of the New Ulm Park and Recreation Department, was recently certified as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by 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 professions who meet the eligibility requirements – including a combination of higher education and/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.

Schmitz’s experience includes: eight years as Director of the New Ulm Park and Recreation Department; 14 years as Assistant Park Manager at Flandrau, Blue Mounds and Kilen Woods State Parks; three years as District Boy Scout Executive and various other positions in Utah, Colorado and Minnesota.

Schmitz was recently appointed by Governor Dayton to the newly formed Greater MN Regional Parks and Trails Commission. In 1986, Schmitz received his Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University Mankato in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services.

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