Events and Professional Development

NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Exposition

The Annual Conference serves as the primary education and membership engagement opportunity for all NIRSA Members. Whether attending as a student looking for career opportunities or a professional looking for development or a company looking for leads, the NIRSA Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo has it all.

Our Conference is held in the spring of each year, with registration typically opening in early winter. Presentation opportunities open up in early summer.

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Join us for education opportunities that help you grow your career!

NIRSA strives to be the primary resource of continuing education for collegiate recreation professionals throughout their careers by offering competency-based, relevant, and accessible learning events and resources.Our events will help you expand your professional network. Attendees leave our events with new skills and knowledge, fun memories, and new colleagues!

What We Offer:

  • Signature education events-including an Annual Conference and Institutes
  • Regional education events
  • Core Competency Framework to help guide your continuing education
  • RCRSP Credential to help communicate your competency in the field

Signature Education Events

NIRSA offers a variety of events to meet the needs of our members. From the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo, to smaller institutes that focus on specific functional areas and topics, our signature events aim to offer relevant education and networking opportunities for you to grow your career in recreation and as a higher education professional .

NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo

Please consider joining us at our biggest event each year!  Our annual conference features 130+ education sessions, preconference workshops, activities to explore the local area, and networking opportunities.  The Campus Rec & Wellness Expo is your all-access pass to the latest cutting-edge collegiate recreation products.

NIRSA Regional Events

Connect locally and keep travel time to a minimum when you attend learning opportunities in your area. As a NIRSA Member, you have access to a network of regional members — including annual Regional Conferences, Student Lead Ons, and state/province workshops.

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RCRSP Credential

Interested in earning a credential that demonstrates your competencies and commitment to continued learning and service to the field of campus rec?  NIRSA offers a credential program, the Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals (RCRSP). 

Learn more about earning your RCRSP here.

Becoming a NIRSA CEU Provider

If you are an education provider and are interested in offering NIRSA CEUs, please contact Education@NIRSA.org for information about the requirements.

If you are a NIRSA member who is organizing a state/regional event, you can find resources here.

Continuing Education (CEUs)

Most NIRSA events will offer CEU opportunities for those looking to earn NIRSA CEUs to earn/renew their RCRSP credential.

For some events (depending on the education content) NIRSA is also a continuing education provider for other organizations. In the past, these organizations have included American Council on Exercise (ACE), The American Council on Sports Medicine (ACSM), and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

To verify if an event will be providing CEUs, please check the event pages for more information about continuing education opportunities or email us at education@nirsa.org.

NIRSA Institutes & NIRSA School

In addition to Annual Conference, NIRSA produces or co-produces learning events throughout the year.
NIRSA’s Institutes provides education opportunities for specialists within the field to come together to discuss current topics and challenges within the industry.

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NIRSA School

The NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation is an intensive professional development opportunity that provides an intimate and intensive learning experience to help professionals develop competencies to be successful higher education & collegiate recreation professionals.
With a small learning environment, this is an experience that helps attendees create strong networks with their peers in the field.

Are you interested in attending, presenting, or sponsoring NIRSA Institute or School? We’d love to work with you.

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Regional Events

Connect locally and keep travel time to a minimum when you attend learning opportunities in your area. As a NIRSA Member, you have access to a network of regional members — including annual Regional Conferences, Student Lead Ons, and state/province workshops.

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Regional Events

Connect locally and keep travel time to a minimum when you attend learning opportunities in your area. As a NIRSA Member, you have access to a network of regional members — including annual Regional Conferences, Student Lead Ons, and state/province workshops.

Learn More

Online Learning

NIRSA periodically hosts special webinars that you can access through your desktop computer or tablet.

Our partner, SportRisk, provides NIRSA Members with discounts on their risk management online learning — ranging from a broad selection of online classes to specialized webinars.

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Join our team! Get Involved!

For NIRSA members, there are several ways to get involved in helping the association design and deliver high quality education events, products, and services. Do you keep up with trends in higher education, campus recreation, student affairs, and related topics?  If so, you’d be a great addition to any of the volunteer roles below.

For upcoming opportunities, please stay tuned to Get Involved section of the NIRSA website.

Volunteer Opportunities
  • Serve on an event planning committee

  • Serve on the NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation Faculty

  • Serve as a Registry Commission Member

  • Be a presenter

  • Be a proposal reviewer for Annual Conference or another event

Please share your ideas with us:

What content would you like to see at NIRSA Education Events?

Are you a NIRSA member with a great idea for a featured speaker and/or topic at an upcoming event? Let us know!

Are you a professional speaker who believes you would be a great fit at one of our education events? Reach out to us!

Tell us here!