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MARCH 21-22, 2023
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The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) program is a state-of-the-art five-year certification for professionals managing and operating aquatic facilities. Individuals who obtain the AFO credential are knowledgeable in the systematic approach to pool operations including pool chemistry, management, pool safety, and risk reduction.

Program Details

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You will receive your course materials approximately three weeks prior to the first day of the course. It is extremely important that you read the course materials prior to attending the class. Failure to study the materials before the course commonly leads to failure of the exam. 


Earn 1.5 CEU’s while participating in this seminar. NRPA will forward you a transcript of your attendance 6-8 weeks after the course is finished. 

This course will take place virtually, over Zoom, with a live AFO instructor. At the end of the course, you will take the open-book exam from your computer.

You will receive a notification with your exam results at the completion of the exam directly from the instructor. If you pass the exam you will be certified as an AFO for a period of five years. At the end of your certification cycle, you can elect to attend the course again (recommended) or elect to take the exam only. Due to changes in regulations and content, it is highly recommended your repeat the coursework prior to renewing your certification. 

Contact Sarah Veile at the Missouri Park & Recreation Association

at or by calling 573-636-3828.




NRPA’s AFO program is a state-of-the-art educational training program for pool operations and management staff.  The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of those working in public, semi-public, and municipal pools or waterparks, and to provide training and information for both supervisory and operations staff.  The AFO instructor team is comprised of top aquatic professionals who have diverse backgrounds in aquatic facility operations and management.  The instructors are consistently rated as excellent speakers and trainers by the AFO students. The AFO program creates better aquatic operators, who in turn make safer and increasingly efficient programs for aquatic venues. 

Early Registration Deadline: 2/23/23

Late Fee: $50.00 after the deadline



are eligible

for certification


MPRA Member Full Course      $300

Non-Member Full Course         $350

Exam Only MPRA Member       $130

Exam Only Non-Member          $155



Day 1:    

8:00 am - Noon   Welcome & Introduction, Foundation & Health Concerns,                                                Circulation, Filters & Chemistry
Noon - 1:00 pm   Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 pm    Breakpoint Chlorination, Stabilization & Balance, Dosages &                                         Testing, Automation & Controls, Deck Equipment 

Day 2:    

8:00 am - Noon   Heaters & Heating, Disinfection, Spas & Special Pools,

                           Design & Maintenance 
Noon - 1:00 pm   Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 pm    Human Resource Management, Programming, Fiscal Management
2:30 - 3:00 pm    Exam Review

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