AFO Certification Course | Glendale

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2023
  • 8:00 AM
  • Thursday, October 12, 2023
  • 5:00 PM
  • Foothills Recreation and Aquatic Center (Coyote Room) | 5600 W Union Hills Dr., Glendale AZ 85308
  • 5


  • Course materials included
  • Exam ONLY does not include study materials.
  • Course materials included
  • Exam ONLY does not include study materials.


The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) program is designed for pool operators and management staff in aquatic facility operation and management and is the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on operations, mechanical systems, water chemistry, disinfection, and safety. 

Add this sought after certification to your list of accomplishments and join over 8k certified AFOs working to make aquatic facilities safer and more enjoyable for communities nationwide.

Certification is achieved with a passing score of 78% on the 3-hour, open-book AFO Exam. AFO certification is valid for five (5) years. 


Thursday, September 19

8:00AM - 5:00PM  Course Instruction

Friday, September 20

8:00AM - 2:00PM Course Instruction

2:00PM - 5:00PM Exam

  • The course is pre-approved for 1.5 CEUs


  • 50 questions - 39 correct answers to pass at 78%
  • Open-book
  • 3 hours 


Course materials are mailed 4-5 weeks in advance of the course to allow participants time to review/study the content prior to attending.

As a result, the deadline to register or make changes to an existing registration, including transfers and refund requests, must be made on or before the 45th day prior to the course start date. 

All refunds are subject to a 25% administrative fee.

No shows and last minute cancellations forfeit all paid registrations and/or are responsible for full payment of registration without refund. APRA is required to provide a guaranteed number of participants in advance and must adhere to the national deadlines. 



With over 40 years of experience in the aquatics field, Lori Thompson has had the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the industry. She is an experienced trainer and teacher overseeing the training of aquatic staff for many years.

Ms. Thompson holds her Bachelors and Masters in Organizational Leadership from Biola University. She is an AFO instructor and has worked as an instructor trainer with the American Red Cross, Ellis and Associates, and Australian Swim School. She is also a licensed pool technician and holds CPO and Aquatech certification. She is a certified Aquatics Professional and has received several awards including the Paragon Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame. She is a past board member with the Association of Aquatic Professionals and is on faculty with Starguard and Starfish Aquatics. She is an author and speaker on a number of aquatic topics. 

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