Why Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Certification?

Certified Pool Operator (CPO) certification is required by 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, see the complete outline below.) The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) CPO certification is accredited in most Canadian provinces and 105 countries around the world. 

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