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Northwest Missouri State University


Aquatic Facility Operator Certification

B.S. degree; Recreation and Parks Management

Note: This is not a major or minor.

Course Name Hours
General Education Courses 42
Major Courses
39
Foundations of Recreation 3
Special Populations 3
Recreation Facilities 3
Techniques of Leadership 3
Recreation Programming 3
Field Experience (200 hrs/10 wks) 3
Administration of Recreation 3
Evaluation of Leisure Services 3
Senior Seminar 3
Internship (480 hrs/12 wks) 12
Required Courses

Outdoor Rec Ed 3
Recreation Sports Mgt 3
Risk Management 3
Optional Courses 15
Aquatic Facility Maintenance & Mgt 2
Principles of Management 3
Human Resource Management 3
Managerial Communications 3
Exploring Recreation Resource 3
Outdor Recreation Facilities Maintenance & Mgt 2
Suggested Electives 18
Minor or Coursework to total 124 hrs 18
Total Certification Requirements 124

**It is suggested that you gain as much experience working in an aquatic setting as possible. Securing a Lifeguard and/or Water Safety Instructor Certification will also be beneficial.

AFO Training and Testing is conducted as part of the NRPA Congress held each fall. Students should register for conference & the training/exam the Fall BEFORE they complete their internship.