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July 2020


AOAP's Aquatics Professional Designation Certified by CMAHC

The Association of Aquatics Professionals (AOAP) and the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) announced that CMAHC has certified the AOAP Aquatics Professional designation (AqP), a professional designation for members of the aquatics industry. This achievement promotes the health, safety and wellness of the aquatics professionals who achieve an AqP designation and the aquatic facilities they serve.

The CMAHC certification program was launched in 2018 to help educate the public about products and services that meet the strict, science-based standards in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). If followed, the guidance in the MAHC helps reduce the risk for disease outbreaks, drownings and chemical injuries at public aquatic facilities. The CMAHC awards certification to services or products that comply with the relevant or applicable standards in the latest edition of the MAHC.

One of AOAP's main goals is to assist in the recognition of individuals in the aquatic field as professionals. Their first step was the development of the AqP designation, which recognizes aquatic professionals who demonstrate a commitment to aquatic education, certification and professional development. Aquatics professionals may apply to obtain the AqP designation based on a combination of education, experience and certifications. With an AqP designation, aquatics professionals join a group of outstanding experts who share a similar background and passion.

CMAHC certification is not a single occurrence. Rather, the intent is to build a long-term quality-control partnership. After initial certification, the CMAHC reevaluates each certified service or product annually to ensure it continues to meet the same high standards required in the MAHC in order to maintain certification. Services or products that earn a CMAHC certification are said to be "CMAHC certified" and may display the CMAHC certification emblem to demonstrate that they have been evaluated for conformance with the requirements in the latest MAHC edition.

To learn more about the AqP designation, visit www.aquaticpros.org.


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