The Certified Pool/Spa Operators Training is the only nationally recognized program for Commercial Pool/Spa Operators. The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance® certifies those who pass the course as a Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO®).


The CPO® seal of approval is assurance to Pool/Spa owners that their pool operators and maintenance staff are trained in the most advanced techniques in safety, water chemistry, maintenance, and management. This course is taught by licensed professional Instructor who is experienced in the operation, management, and design of all public pools & spa facilities.

The need for qualified operators is greater than ever. Anyone supervising the operation of any kind of pool & spa has a professional responsibility to keep the facility in good operating order and to operate the equipment efficiently while maintaining the water safely. Only an individual with CPO® training and experience is qualified to meet these responsibilities.

Each student must attend the 2-day course of instruction. At the completion of the course, an open book exam will be given on the materials presented in the CPO® course. Each participant must pass the exam to become a Certified Pool/Spa Operator.A passing score is 74% - this means out of 50 questions you must get 37 correct. The certification is valid for 5 years at which time the course must be completed again, and the certification exam be taken and passed.

After completion of the course, each "graduate" will receive, via e-mail, their certificate, suitable for framing. This includes your CPO® Registration Number, which is permanently recorded by PHTA. You will also receive a wallet size card along with the certificate. The wallet card, a miniature of the certificate, also carries the graduate's personal CPO® Registration Number.

The newly revised CPO® Handbook, provided, is an invaluable resource and reference guide for the professional who must trouble-shoot a broad spectrum of functional problems. All topics in the 2020 version of CPO® Handbook was written by experts with long experience in their areas of specialization.

This course offers a 5-year renewable certification, now required by Maine, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Georgia, & Massachusetts. NH will require certification for anyone responsible for public swimming pools beginning January 1, 2022