Certified Pool Operator Training

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance® Certified Pool & Spa Operator (CPO) Certification program provides individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. Participants must be 16 years of age in order to participate in this course, attend all course sessions and pass the final exam to be issued a CPO Certification. To view class offerings and to register, visit PARKS DIRECT.

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Blended Learning Format 

Part 1: Pool Operator Primer Prerequisite
  • This is the first step to earning the CPO Certification, and prerequisite for the Pool Operator Fusion training, using the blended format training course. 
  • The online curriculum consists of 8 lessons that cover all 18 chapters in the included Pool & Spa Operator Handbook. 
  • The online Pool Operator Primer takes between 8-14 hours to complete.
Part 2: Pool Operator Fusion 
  • Once you have completed the Pool Operator Primer, you will attend an 8-hour (two, 4 hour) Virtual Classroom Sessions led by a PHTA Certified Pool & Spa Operator Instructor online in Microsoft Teams. 
  • Minimum 37 points (74%) on the CPO certification online exam.

Additional Information 

Candidates must be visible on webcam the entire time while taking the exam. Phones are not recommended for taking the exam because the small screen size may make it difficult to read the text questions. If necessary, the candidate may use one device for providing webcam capability (phone, tablet) while using another device to take the exam. Candidates will need to show or send the Instructor a photo identification at the beginning of the virtual classroom session. To view class offerings and to register, visit PARKS DIRECT. Please call 301-446-6896 or click here to email us if you have questions.