Why Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Certification?

Certified Pool Operator (CPO) certification is required by many health departments to operate a public swimming pool or hot tub/spa. The CPO certification provides training in water chemistry, mechanical operations, filtration, pool safety, hot tubs/spas, etc. For specifics, please see the complete course outline below. 

In 2019, the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) have merged to form the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA). Certification programs are unaffected. 

Two formats are available: in-class (2 days / 16 hours) or blended learning (fusion), by completing the Pool Operator Primer (8 hours online) plus attending class (1 day / 8 hours). Successful completion of an open-book exam is required to achieve certification. The CPO certification is valid for 5 years. 
The Certified Pool Operator (CPO) course covers the following topics:

1. Pool & Spa Management
2. Regulations & Guidelines 
3. Essential Calculations
4. Water Contamination
5. Disinfection
6. Water Balance
7. Pool & Spa Problems
8. Chemical Testing
9. Chemical Feed & Control
10. Water Circulation
11. Filtration
12. Air & Heat Circulation 
13. Spa & Therapy Operations 
14. Facility Safety
15. Record Keeping
16. Maintenance Systems
17. Troubleshooting
18. Facility Renovations & Design 


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