Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) Certification

AFO LogoOur 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 with a score of seventy-eight percent (78%) or better. The examination is fifty questions. Upon achieving a passing score, candidates will be certified for 5 years. 

The AFO course is a 2 day instructor led training, with the exam being administered on the second day. Candidates will be provided with a copy of the AFO Manual prior to arriving course. Potential AFOs are highly encouraged to review the manual content prior to arriving to the course. For a complete listing of currently scheduled courses, please view the course schedule.

Candidates that fail score a 78% on the AFO exam must wait 24 hours to retake the exam. Re-tests can be performed by a AFO instructor or by an NRPA approved proctor.  Approved proctors include:  

  • Public Librarian
  • University Professor/ or Librarian
  • Professional Testing Center Staff
  • Professional Development Center Staff
  • Military Base Professional Development Center Staff
  • NRPA or State Affiliate Staff 
  • AFO Instructors  

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

Certification Renewal

Renewal of the AFO Certification ensures that professionals are knowledgeable of the current best practices in aquatic facility operation and management. You must complete one of the following options to renew your certification:

Renewal option 1 - Individuals must successfully pass 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 (CEUs) in the aquatic field. Download the AFO Renewal Application.  

Certified AFOs can also earn CEUs by

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