Managing Park Assets: Asset Prioritization – API

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What is the Asset Priority Index (API), and how does it relate to the effective management of park assets? In this course, you will answer these questions and learn techniques for completing the API worksheet as a management team.
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The Asset Priority Index (API) measures how closely each park asset is aligned to the National Park Service mission and the park's mission. This score helps managers decide which assets should be retained and at what level they should be maintained. In this course, you will examine the API Worksheet, consider why the NPS uses API, and practice applying API criteria to specific assets.

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This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed. This course includes the following elements.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Final assessment

After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Introduction - Why Prioritize?
  • API Criteria - Exploring the Four API Criteria
  • Completing API - Scoring and Worksheet Navigation

Be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of API.
  • List three ways that the National Park Service uses API.
  • Identify the purpose of each tab in the API Worksheet website.
  • Correctly apply the criteria in the API Worksheet for a given asset.
  • Explain why all divisions should take part in determining API.
  • Describe at least two techniques that facilitate rescoring assets’ APIs.

Recommended Background

This course has broad applicability for those who work in the Facility Management field. Having work experience in facilities and parks maintenance, budgeting, and management is highly recommended for learners wishing to take the course. Administrators, park board members, and/or volunteers may find the course helpful when determining if asset prioritization is a good policy for your parks and recreation organization.

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