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What is the Certified Pool-Spa Operator® Program?

Pool Builder Pembroke MAThe Certified Pool-Spa Operator® program has delivered more training than any other program in the pool and spa industry since 1972, resulting in more than 200,000 successful CPO® certifications in 44 countries. The CPO® certification program is widely accepted by health departments. The CPO® Handbook, 2007 Edition, has been updated to include the most current information available, including the addition of metric calculations.

Instructors receive comprehensive training and certification to teach the CPO® certification program. These instructors repre- sent every segment in the aquatic industry including operators, health officials, serv- ice professionals, builders, manufacturers, property managers, retailers, and academicians. The training these instructors provide has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities.

Training classes have been carried out across the globe, including the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, China, Mexico, Iceland, Taiwan, and Australia.
The NSPF® is a non-profit foundation that encourages healthier living through aquatic education and research

The CPO® certification program is the leading education and certification program for pool and spa operators, providing a front-line defense to protect the public.

To help reduce disease outbreaks and to promote health through aquatics, the Foun- dation has funded grants and fellowships to:

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • (CDC)
  • Emory University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Iowa State University
  • National Association of Local Boards of Health
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Washington State University
  • Purdue Universtiy
  • New York Medical College

General Information About the CPO® Certification Program

  • The CPO® certification program requires participation in either a two- day class (14-16 hours) taught by a certified instructor or our new blended format that combines the online Pool Operator PrimerTM and one day of the Pool Operator FusionTM class instruction
  • The CPO® certification program includes pool and spa chemistry, testing, treatment, filtration, maintenance, automatic feeding equipment, government requirements
  • The CPO® certification program requires an open book written examination
  • The CPO ® certification is valid five years

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What Are the Benefits of the CPO® Certification Program?

  • Proven educational tool
  • Widely accepted by local and state authorities
  • Covers topics necessary for pool operators including a section for local and state codes.
  • Comprehensive handbook
  • All courses are taught by NSPF® certified instructors
  • The CPO® certification is recognized nationally and internationally
  • Gives participants a better understanding of the operator’s role in pool care and management

How Can I Receive Certified Pool-Spa Operator® Training?

SSG pools has a CPO trainer on staff who is available to provide the CPO training that may be required for your facility. Please contact us for more information on CPO training.

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