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The Certified Pool Operator® course is designed by the National Swimming Pool Foundation to provide individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. Topics includes pool and spa chemistry, testing, treatment, filtration, maintenance, automatic feeding equipment, government requirements. CPO® certification is widely recognized by Environmental Health Departments nationwide and internationally.


The CPO® certification program can be taken as a two-day class that covers 14-16 hours of information from the NSPF® Pool & Spa Operator™ Handbook (provided) and local codes taught by an NSPF® Instructor. This dynamic setting offers direct interaction with an instructor and fellow students. Pass the open book exam with a 75% or better score and earn a 5-year CPO® certification.
Topics include: 
  • Pool/Spa Equipment Overview
  • Water Balance
  • Chemical Treatment
  • Contamination/Disinfection
  • Filtration/Circulation
  • Essential Calculations
  • Pool/Spa Management
  • Codes and Regulations
  • Facility Safety/Risk Management


Successfully complete the Pool Operator Primer™ online class, then take the second day of any regular two-day CPO® class within six months of completing the Pool Operator Primer™, pass the open-book test with a 75% or better score to earn a CPO® Certification. Allow 6-8 hours minimum to complete the online portion; print and bring your certificate to class. The certificate is a required to take the exam. 


The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®), founded in 1965, is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public health worldwide by attracting more people to safer aquatic environments. NSPF® is committed to improving public health by encouraging healthier living through aquatic education and research. The NSPF® is the leading educator for pool and spa professionals who service and operate public and private pools and spas and for public health officials who are responsible for pool safety.
For more information, go to www.nspf.org


NSPF's CPO course qualifies for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the International Association for Continuing Education and Training*.

  •  Please note: You must finish the exam within 2.5 hours to qualify for CEU.

Special note for Pool Technicians working in Los Angeles County:

Any person engaged in the business or occupation of treating or disinfecting swimming pool waters, or cleaning, servicing, or maintaining swimming pools or swimming pool equipment and facilities in Los Angeles County, must be certified as a Swimming Pool Service Technician or Swimming Pool Apprentice Technician. This applies to both public and private pools. A Technician Apprentice may only work under the direct and immediate supervision and employment of a Swimming Pool Service Technician.

To become certified, an individual must pass a one-time examination. To qualify to take the Technician examination, the applicant must have taken an approved pool class, e.g., CERTIFIED POOL OPERATOR'S Course (CPO) …

-- excerpt from Los Angeles County, Department of Public Health, Recreational Waters Program Code



Even if you don’t currently work in LA County  

CPO requirement may be coming to your world. LA County is often the model for other counties in California and beyond. Several California county governments are currently considering a CPO Certificate requirement and technician licensing. Many states already require a CPO Certificate to work as a pool technician. 

Why not be ahead of the pack?

Register today!!


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