aquatic Facility Operator Training


March 19-20, 2024


Jill Perelman Pavilion at West Park

3000 W 116th St, Carmel, IN 46032


In-Person Course Information:

This 2-day course will take place in-person with a live AFO instructor (Indiana local).

Course manuals will be sent to the address you enter on your registration 4 weeks prior to the start of the course.

Training Info

An AFO Instructor will cover topics that include Filtration, Disinfection, Water testing and treatment, Design considerations, Facility management, Facility safety, Risk management, Trouble shooting, Hot tub and spa operation, and more!

Exam Info

  • The exam is set up consist of 50 questions.
  • Candidates need to get at least 39 questions correct to pass (78%).
  • Candidates are given 3 hours to take the exam.
  • Candidates must remain in their seats for the duration of the exam.

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.

The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) program is designed for pool operators and management staff in aquatic facility operation and management.


** Exam only registrations do not include course manuals.


Day 1
Training (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST)

Lunch provided (12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EST)

Day 2
Training (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST)

Lunch provided (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST)

Exam (approx. 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST)

What is an AFO?

The NRPA AFO program is an advanced, state-of-the-art training program for persons managing and operating aquatic facilities. The AFO program is the leading training opportunity for pool operators and aquatic facility managers in the United States.

Who should attend?

Individuals wishing to become a Aquatic Facility Operator, aquatics directors, pool operators, recreation directors, waterpark directors, pool managers, aquatic supervisors, resort, hotel, & homeowner association staff, pool service industry professionals, any staff members responsible for the operation, maintenance, or management of an aquatic facility, anyone in need of knowledge in swimming pool operations.

Course Text

NRPA's Aquatic Facility Operator Manual is the most complete and comprehensive publication available on pool operations. Author Kent G. Williams has more than 25 years of professional experience in aquatics management. The manual is included in the registration fee.


Upon successful completion of the AFO Course and exam, participants will be officially certified by the National Recreation and Park Association. This certification is valid for a period of five years from the completion date.