A Certified Pool Operator (CPO) certification is required by many health regulators to operate a public swimming pool. The CPO certification provides candidates training in water chemistry, mechanical operations, filtration, pool safety, hot tubs, and many other topics.
Two formats are available: in-class (16 hours) or blended training, by completing the Pool Operator Primer
online followed by attending a classroom component. Successful completion of an exam is required to achieve certification. The certification is valid for 5 years.
The National Swimming Pool Foundation
is an internationally-recognized non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging healthier living by increasing aquatic activity through education and research. The NSPF Certified Pool Operator (CPO) certification is recognized in 99 countries. All teaching materials are grounded in the most up-to-date, accurate scientific research regarding all aspects of swimming pool operations.
The Certified Pool Operator (CPO) course follows the outline of the reference manual, covering the following topics:
1. Pool & Spa Management
2. Regulations & Guidelines
3. Essential Calculations
4. Water Contamination
6. Water Balance
7. Pool & Spa Problems
8. Chemical Testing
9. Chemical Feed & Control
10. Water Circulation
12. Air & Heat Circulation
13. Spa & Therapy Operations
14. Facility Safety
15. Record Keeping
16. Maintenance Systems
17. Facility Renovations & Design
If you have any specific topics of concern, please contact us to discuss the learning outcomes of individual units within the course.