Symposium FAQ’s

How do I register for the 2018 Symposium?

Operator Registration

Exhibiting Vendor registration is sold out. Non-exhibiting Vendor registration can be found here.

Early registration ended the 25th of February 25th.   Operator registration is now $495.

The non-exhibiting vendor registration fee is $750.


What are the transportation options to and from the Airport?


Transportation to and from the airport is available through:

Buffalo Airport Shuttle:


Over the falls tours:


Reservations are required.


How do I sign up for an exam? Is there an additional cost to take the Life Support Operator or Water Quality certifications?

You will have the option to sign up for the life support operator level 1, 2, 3, or the water quality level 1, 2, or 3 exam when you register for the symposium. There is no additional cost to take any of the life support or water quality exams. More information about the certification program can be found in the certification Exam Handbook. There is an additional $140 fee for the CPO (Certified Pool Operator) course.


Want to sign up for the CPO class?

Email The cost for the course is $140. Register early to reserve a spot and receive the course material ahead of time. CPO signups end on March 9th, 2018


When are tours scheduled for Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?

We are sorry to announce that we are no longer able to have a Tuesday night event at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto. However, we want to give people the opportunity to visit this amazing facility.  AALSO has secured transportation for a limited number of attendees to cross the border. Click here to sign up.


How do I register for workshops?

After you are registered for the symposium, you will receive an email when workshop registration opens.


Are there any sponsorship opportunities to help me attend the symposium?

We are no longer accepting applications for sponsorship.


Do you have study material available for the life support and water quality exams?

Practice tests are available in the Exam Handbook.


What is the BAWL?

The Big Automated Water Loop (BAWL) is a 5000 gallon aquatic system that is built inside the vendor hall. Many of the workshops are taught using equipment operating on the BAWL. You will have the opportunity to rebuild pumps, size chillers, calibrate sensors, fuse pipe and operate ozone systems on this fully functional aquarium system.


BAWL piping at the 2016 symposium in Denver.

A heat exchanger workshop on the BAWL at the 2017 symposium in St. Louis.