Q: Should I take the CPO or AFO certification?
A: The Aquatic Facility Operator Certification is recognized by the CDC and all fifty states to satisfy the same requirements as the CPO. However, in addition to just pool chemistry and mechanics the AFO certification also covers faculty management, programming and profitability. AFO will show you how to achieve profitability within the aquatic facility using swim lessons, aqua fitness and aquatic therapy. AFO will discuss current trends in facility and programming design plus give resources to help you help your facility be top notch. If you look around at job postings for aquatic directors in major metro areas you will often see AFO certification as now being a job requirement in place of CPO. CPO is a great certification for residential swimming pools but AFO is preferable when you are working in an aquatic facility.