What is a CPO?

A CPO, or Certified Pool/Spa Operator, is a person who has successfully completed a specific course of instruction sanctioned by the Pool & Hot Tub

CPO Class at The Exam Pros Pool School

Alliance (PHTA). The PHTA was formed in 2019, combining the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF). With the mission to "Celebrate the Water", PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety and related research and outreach activities, aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer and keeping pools open to serve communities.

Who Should Become a CPO?

Anyone who is responsible for managing, supervising, and/or servicing a public or private aquatic facility (such as backyard pools, public pools, homeowner’s association pools, hotel pools, YMCA pools, school pools, and more) should seek Certified Pool/Spa Operator certification.

What is covered in this course?

  • Pool water contamination, disinfection and balance
  • Methods to calculate pool water volume
  • Methods to calculate proper chemical dosages
  • Pool water circulation and hydraulics
  • Pool water heaters and sizing
  • Pool filters and sizing
  • Safety in and around the swimming pool
  • The ADA revision of 2010
  • The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB)
  • CDC's new Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)
  • Pool facility management and troubleshooting
  • And much, much more!

Resources Used For The CPO Course

Certified Pool & Spa Operator™ Handbook

This fundamental training and reference manual is for aquatic professionals, including operators, health officials, service technicians, retailers, property managers, and manufacturers. Industry leaders recognize this handbook as the single most important resource for the recreational water industry. Handbook features include:

  • Full color throughout
  • Color-coded chapter identification
  • Expanded keyword index and table of contents
  • Mathematical and calculation guides
  • Pool Math™ Workbook

The Pool Math™ Workbook

The Pool Math™ Workbook is the industry's leading textbook focused solely on making swimming pool and spa calculations easier. The workbook begins with a basic math skills test, allowing students to determine basic math knowledge and ability, and also includes important conversions and calculation review.