Certified Pool Operator

Why a CPO Certification?

The Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) offers the Certified Pool & Spa Operator (CPO) Certification and it is recognized by local and state authorities as the most widely-accepted, verifiable pool and spa training credential. Each year, more than 30,000 professionals learn how to more efficiently operate safer aquatic facilities with this program. The CPO Certification is valid for five years. This is an approved National Environmental Health Association course which will earn you 16 CEUs.

The CPO Certification course will help you understand how to:

  • Operate a pool more easily and efficiently — saving time and money.
  • Reduce chemical, electrical, biological, and physical hazards — protecting users and employees.
  • Comply to key safety regulations — reducing liability and risk of closure.

How to Earn Your CPO Certification

CPO Certification training is offered in two formats for busy professionals:

  1. 2-Day: A two-day course in a classroom setting.
  2. 1 Day – Blended: Pool Operator Primer online class followed by Pool Operator Fusion one-day in-classroom learning.

Passing the CPO Exam

You will have 2.5 hours to complete the open book exam. A passing sore of 75% is required to pass the exam.

What to bring to class

  • A government issued photo ID
  • A calculator, all other electronic devices (e.g. cell phones) are prohibited during the exam.
  • 1-Day Blended class participants must bring proof of completion for the online portion to be admitted.

How long is the CPO class

Prerequisites Time
2-Day: All Classroom None16 Hours (two 8-hour days)
1-Day – Blended Complete the Pool Operator Primer Online Course 8 Hours (One 8-hour day or two 4-hour evenings)