Our citizens depend on aquatic facilities to improve quality of life,
promote community and encourage wellness. National certification is a mark of
distinction and signifies to the public that you are a serious
professional in the field of aquatics and committed to providing the
community with the highest level of service and professional excellence.
BECOMING AN AFO
The Aquatic Facility Operator
(AFO) program is designed for pool operators and management staff in
aquatic facility operation and management. Certification can be achieved
by passing the AFO Certification examination. The examination is fifty
questions AFO examination, with a score of seventy-eight percent (78%) or
For more information on the AFO examination please
review the AFO
- AFO course - a two day training program designed to educate individuals on the
systematic approach to pool operations including pool chemistry, management,
pool safety and risk reduction. To register for an AFO Course please visit the Course Schedule, and contact the hosting site.
Manual - a comprehensive training manual for AFO certification; reviews
organization, safety, risk management, filtration, circulation and control,
basic chemistry, and purchasing. The AFO Manual is provided with Course registration, or may be purchased online in the NRPA Store.
- Aquatic Facility Operator Prep Course -an
online preparatory course for individuals interested in taking the AFO
Renewal of the AFO Certification ensures that professionals
are knowledgeable of the current best practices in aquatic facility
operation and management. There are two different options for renewal of your AFO. You must complete one of the following options.
Renewal option 1 - Individuals
must successfully passing the AFO examination. This may be achieved by taking the examination (before expiration) in coordination with a Course; or by contacting a professional testing site and completing the AFO Exam Application.
Renewal option 2 -
Completion of 2.0 Continuing Education Units in the aquatic field. Download a list of applicable CEUs.
CONFIRMATION OF CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS
For basic information, including expiration date and
certification number, on an individual's certification status please visit
the AFO registry at http://www.nrpa.org/afo_registry/default.aspx
Test Your Park & Recreation Knowledge
following question is a sample Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) exam question.
Q. How much does 120,000 gallons of water weigh?
A. 500,000 pounds
B. 750,000 pounds
C. 1,000,000 pounds
D. 1,500,000 pounds
A. (C) 1,000,000 pounds
For questions or further information
on certification, please email us at [email protected]