Aquatic Professional Designation

One of the main goals of the Association of Aquatic Professionals is to assist in the recognition of individuals in the aquatic field as professionals. Our first step is the development of the aquatic professionals designation. Become recognized in the Aquatic Profession as a Designated Aquatic Professional (AqP). Stand out among your peers and obtain this designation through a combination of education, experience and certifications. Information on obtaining this distinguished designation will be forthcoming.

Do you want to be recognized as an Aquatic Professional within the aquatic industry? Then this designation is for you. Through a combination of education, experience and training you may be recognized as an AqP.

What are the qualifications?

Initial Designation:    Download the AqP qualifications here.

Renewal:  Download the AqP Renewal Requirements here.

How do I apply?There is an on-line application process that all applicants will fill out. The on-line application is located on this page in the left hand column under On-Line AqP Application. Once you have all of the requirements for obtaining the designation you may fill out the application and submit it to the Association of Aquatic Professionals for approval. (You may start the application and complete it at any time by saving it with a password). The application consists of a checklist and areas where you will be required to upload proof of education, certifications, training, etc. (The required items and areas of education are listed on the qualification sheet)

How long does the designation last?The designation is for a three (3) year period. You may check on your designation anytime on the AOAP Education Tracker. The log in information is supplied at the time you receive your initial designation.

How do I keep track of my designation?You may keep track of your designation at any time by contacting us at to check on your status.

How do I renew my designation?You will fill out a renewal application prior to your designation expiring. The renewal application will include a checklist of qualifications as well as an area to upload certifications and proof of attendance at educational events.

** Please note that this designation means that an individual has the education, background and training for what the AOAP believes describes an aquatic professional. In no way does it guarantee that an individual will perform any specific job duties or requirements.
Webinar Series:

AOAP Webinar Series

The AOAP Webinar Series (to meet the CORE Requirement, if you have not attended those sessions during the AOAP Conference beginning in 2017) will be set up shortly. The Webinars will be on demand and be approximately 75 minutes with a quiz that must be turned in after viewing each one.

The Webinars will cover the following topic areas:

  1. Drowning Prevention – AOAP RESPECT the Water drowning prevention campaign
  2. Leadership/Executive Development
  3. Programming & Staff Training
  4. Risk Management

*** All of the above webinars are now available to complete on-demand.


CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR YOUR AQP RENEWAL (Must have your initial AqP designation)

** The webinar links will be sent to you for viewing as soon as your registration is processed.