The Accredited Parking Organization (APO) establishes national and international standards for professionalism, accountability, innovation, responsibility, and performance

(Alexandria, Va.  – June 20, 2018) The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced the names of eleven parking organizations that have become Accredited Parking Organizations (APO), earned APO with Distinction, or re-accredited their APO. The organizations were recognized at the IPI Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. this month.

APO, developed by the International Parking Institute (IPI), is a certification for parking organizations that have achieved a comprehensive standard of excellence. APO recognizes best practices in responsible parking management and operations, customer service, professional development, sustainability, safety, and security.

“This is not an easy accreditation to achieve and organizations should be very proud of their accomplishment,“  says Shawn Conrad, CAE, IPI’s CEO.” Both the parking industry and the public will benefit from the Accredited Parking Organization designation.”

To become an APO, an organization must demonstrate its commitment to ongoing evaluation and improvement of program outcomes through the implementation of industry best practices. Applicant organizations work with third-party reviewers to organize and present evidence of accomplishment of 250 criteria in 14 categories related to industry best practices. To achieve the APO with Distinction, an additional set of criteria must be met.

The APO was developed to be applicable to institutional, municipal, medical, university, airport, private, and other parking programs.  Organizations must re-certify every three years to maintain the designation.

Joining the ranks of APOs, re-accredited APOs, or APOs with Distinction or Re-accredited APOs with Distinction this June are:

Newly Accredited 

University of California Riverside Transportation Services
Premier Facilities: Big Springs Garage, Lot 30, and Lot 32

University of North Carolina Charlotte Parking and Transportation Services
Premier Facilities: South Village Garage, North Deck, and CRI Deck

Newly Accredited with Distinction

Arizona State University
Premier Facilities: Beus Center for Law & Society Garage, Fulton Center Garage, and Packard Garage

City of Durham/Park Durham
Premier Facility: Durham Center Garage

City of Tucson/Park Tucson
Premier Facilities: Centro Garage, Pennington Garage, and Toole Surface Lot

Denver International Airport
Premier Facilities: East Garage, West Garage, East Surface Lot, and West Surface Lot

Philadelphia Parking Authority
Premier Facilities: Parkade Garage, Galleria Garage, and Family Court Garage


Cornell University

Missoula Parking Commission

Re-accredited with Distinction

Miami Parking Authority

Park Houston

Parking organizations interested in becoming APOs can download information, including the 35-page APO Manual for Applicants, at For more information, contact Rachel Yoka at

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