Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) Certification

AFO Certification 178 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.

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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 better.

For more information on the AFO examination please review the AFO Candidate Handbook.

Educational Opportunities

  • 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.
  • AFO 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 Certification examination

Certification Renewal

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

Test Your Park & Recreation Knowledge

The 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

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