St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Director Stephanie Holtkamp is now certified as a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) by the National Certification Board in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The CPRE recognizes those with advanced skills and competencies related to the professional practice and delivery of park and recreation programs and services.

Holtkamp has been with the City for nearly 12 years and has served as Parks and Recreation Director for more than eight.

Cities are responsible for providing services with the overall goal of creating quality of life residents experience and enjoy. Our Parks and Recreation Department plays a critical role in that. Stephanie’s accomplishment validates the value we place on providing a community where people want to live and raise a family.

Bill Sturgeon

City Manager, City of St. Cloud

To earn CPRE certification, a current Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is required, along with specific requirements for education and experience. Passing an exam covering a comprehensive set of topics including communication, finance, human resources, operations and planning is also required.

CPRE sets the national standard for parks and recreation professionals and focuses on the practical knowledge and current real-world skills necessary in today’s changing park and recreation environment. It signifies to the public that the leaders of park and recreation agencies, like Holtkamp, “seek to uphold the highest standards of service for the communities they serve.”

Thank you Stephanie Holtkamp for many positive difference in our community through your work as a parks and recreation leader!