February 5, 2019
NEW! Aquatic Facility Operations Course

The new ORFA Aquatic Facility Operations (AFO) course reflects the diversity of today’s Ontario’s public water recreation infrastructure.

Through extensive member evaluation and feedback, the ORFA has shifted the learning focus from traditional Class A & B swimming pool operational responsibilities towards the different types of recreational aquatic facilities that includes the newly classified Class C pools. This advanced aquatic training course is considered industry leading as it takes practitioners who have obtained a Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO)® credential, or other similar introductory aquatic training course, with an advanced study of aquatic facility operations. The ORFA, working closely with the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC), has developed an enhanced curriculum specific to meet the learning needs of Ontario aquatic professionals. The educational approach includes an opportunity for professional aquatic operational staff to enhance their aquatic training and workplace experience, while allowing recreation staff who are responsible for non-traditional water operations to attend and learn of their responsibilities, and how to effectively operate and maintain the equipment and infrastructure.

This course is a required educational component of ORFA’s Certified Aquatic Technician (CAT)  professional designation. Positioned as an equivalent to ORFA’s highly respected Certified Ice Technician designation, the CAT credential is positioned to be in high demand by employers. Participants will be provided with a self-directed guide titled, Passport Toward Competency (Public Checklist and Member Full Document). The guide will list recommended workplace-specific, as well as educational activities, to assist the participants in achieving aquatic facility operations competency, as best determined by their employer.