AFO LogoThe Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) Certification course is a 2-day swimming pool operator training, with the exam administered on the second day. National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) offers an Independent Instructor course and a Contracted Instructor Course.

Why Host a Course?

  1. It is the most cost-effective way to train your staff in pool operations, mechanical systems, water chemistry, disinfection, safety and much more.
  2. Opening registration to the public will turn your AFO course into a revenue generator.
  3. Hosting is as easy as securing a location, inviting participants, and partnering with an instructor. The AFO Course is hosted in a classroom and no swimming pool is required.

 
Start the process of hosting a course by choosing one of the options below.

Independent Instructor Course

Contact an instructor directly and partner with them to host and teach an AFO Course. There is no minimum number of participants needed to host an Independent Instructor Course.

  • Once a location is found and the course is confirmed, fill out a course reservation form and send to afoinstructors@nrpa.org (Please specify if your course registration will be private or public because that will determine whether your course is posted to our online classroom calendar or not). 
  • Order course material with the material request form (Manuals will be shipped as soon as the material request form is received. Exams will be shipped closer to the course date).

Contracted Instructor Course

Contact NRPA to provide you with an AFO Instructor to host your course. There is a minimum number of 20 participants needed to host a Contracted Instructor Course.

  • Once a location is found and the course is confirmed, fill out a course reservation form and send to afoinstructors@nrpa.org (Please specify if your course registration will be private or public because that will determine whether your course is posted to our online classroom calendar or not).
  • NRPA will provide you with an AFO Instructor and put you in contact with them to coordinate details for the course.
  • Order material with this material request form (Manuals will be shipped as soon as the material request form is received. Exams will be shipped closer to the course date).
     

A complete How to Host Guide is available to assist you with both options. If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Gonzales, NRPA's Aquatics Program Manager at 703-858-2186.

 

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