What is the Certified Pool Spa Operator® Certification Program
Certified pool and Spa Operator certification “CPO Courses” are designed to provide individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. The Certified Pool Spa Operator® certification program has delivered more training than any other program in the pool and spa industry since 1972, resulting in more than 342,623 successful CPO® certifications in 86 countries. Many state and local health departments accept the CPO® certification program. Instructors receive comprehensive training and certification to teach the CPO® certification program. These instructors represent every segment in the aquatics industry including operators, health officials, service professionals, builders, manufacturers, property managers, retailers, and academicians. This training has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities.
CPO Course Benefits
- 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 that is updated regularly
- 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, management and risk reduction
Our Instructors experience in the aquatic field include the 2012 Olympic Swimming Trials and the 2004 FINA World Swimming Championships. Instructors are specifically trained to communicate the basic skills necessary to operate a pool or spa facility. They are eager to teach all skill levels of pool operators. Instructors are patient and will take the ample time needed to discuss any question attendees have. Stories are shared throughout the day that keep the class entertaining and informative.
To protect the public and advance the education of professional pool/spa operators, the NSPF has initiated a new program with the CPO handbook. The handbook has been entirely rewritten to include the most current information available. It has received extensive expert review. It will be updated yearly to keep the material current. Unlike any other operator training program, the CPO handbook is published in color to help the instructors teach and the students learn. Training provided by instructors help protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities.
Since the CPO Handbook has been completely revised, the NSPF will no longer be offering “re-certification” (reduced length) CPO courses of challenge exams for CPO certification. All students, regardless of their previous certification, will be required to complete the entire 14-16 hour course.
TIME: Registration: 7:30 – 8:00 am; Class time for the first day is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and the second day is 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Drinks and snacks are provided.
FEES: $310.00 per person which includes Instructional material, NSPF certification fee and course expenses and 1 CPO handbook (plus tax, if applicable). All books will be shipped. Late registrations will pick up book at the class. Must Register 10 Business days before class for books to be shipped. Please bring a handheld calculator with you to the course. It would be a benefit to you to review the CPO handbook prior to the course. Attendance to all sessions is mandatory to qualify to take the CPO exam. Spear Corporation reserves the right to cancel the course if necessary with full refund.
Brian Spear has been employed in the field of aquatics since 1990. He has been instructing the CPO Course since 2005. Brian started at Spear Corporation as a Service Technician and then later served in the position of Project Manager, while specializing in mechanical room renovations and new construction. Brian is currently serving as President of Spear Corporation. During this CPO Course, Brian will share his knowledge and skill that has been acquired by years of hands-on experience. Brian enjoys unique aquatic projects that include the design and construction of circulation and filtrations systems. Some of those have included the 2004 FINA World Swimming Championships, the 2012 USA Olympic Swimming Trials, NYAD 48 ‘Swim for Relief’ with Diana Nyad, and Marine Corp bases in Okinawa, Japan. Brian has a passion for aquatics. He strives hard to assist and educate pool operators of all facilities in the Midwest and beyond.
Harold Brown has been employed in the field of aquatics since 1991. He has been instructing the CPO Course since 1994, certifying over 1000 commercial swimming pool operators to date. His approach to the course content is to emphasize safe and efficient pool operation. Operational problems are addressed with real-life experience, not just related theory. Harold has spent most of his time with Spear Corporation working in the field helping pool operators solve pool operation problems. Harold’s experience in the Aquatic Industry includes acting as lead pool operator for the 2004 FINA World Championship Swimming meet in Indianapolis and lead pool operator for the 2012 Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Harold has been involved in research, development and testing for new products for the aquatics industry.
Sam Blake has been employed in the field of aquatics since 1995. He has been instructing the CPO Class since 2005. While at Spear Corporation, Sam has specialized in the design and construction of chemical systems, filtration systems and pool design. Sam’s experience in the Aquatic Industry include consulting on the following facility designs; 2012 US Olympic Trial Pools, North Central High School Natatorium, Franklin Community High School Natatorium, Lebanon Aquatic Center, and many others. Sam’s professional affiliations and certifications are: Illinois Park and Recreation Association, Indiana Park and Recreation Association, Indiana School Board Association, Kentucky Recreation and Park Society, Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.
Bryce Jones has been employed in the field of aquatics since 1999. He has been instructing the CPO Class since 2011. His goal and approach to this course is to educate participants and give them a better understanding of the operator’s role in swimming pool care and management. While at Spear Corporation, Bryce has consulted with many Midwest aquatic facilities regarding new installations, renovations, and new project development. Bryce has natural instincts and insight in finding the best solution to the most unclear Aquatic facility dilemma.
John Foley has been employed in the field of aquatics since 1997. He has been instructing the CPO Class since 2013. John’s approach to this course is to emphasize proper water balance for healthier living as well as educating pool operators to be more diligent. While at Spear Corporation, John has specialized in new aquatic installation and servicing/maintaining equipment, along with training of aquatic staff across the mid-west. John’s experience in the Aquatic Industry include being a member of the installation team of the 2004 FINA World Swimming Championships pool and operating and maintaining the 2012 Olympic Swimming Trials pool. John’s time in the field of multiple Aquatic facilities have equipped him to be a fluent instructor with CPO attendees.
CPO CERTIFICATION EDUCATION
2-Day Classroom Course
Classroom CPO® Certification
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 and local codes taught by a certified NSPF® Instructor. This dynamic setting offers direct interaction with an instructor and fellow students. Pass the open book exam and earn CPO® certification.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the state I live in require CPO® certification?
The requirement for Certified Pool Spa Operator certification is determined by each individual state health department. You should contact the health department in your state to determine its training requirements.
You may also visit the NSPF® web site Pool/Spa Codes page to review codes from various state health departments.
I took the class but have not received my certification package. What should I do?
As a first step, please contact the instructor for your class to inform him/her. You may also contact the National Swimming Pool Foundation by telephone (719.540.9119), FAX (719.540.2787), e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail (4775 Granby Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80919). You may be asked to validate the spelling of your name and to verify your mailing address. You may also be asked for the date and location of the class. The NSPF representative will be happy to assist you.
When does my CPO® certification expire?
CPO® certification is valid for five years from the date you were certified. Locate the class date on your certificate or wallet card and add five years. You must complete another certification process on or before that date in order for your Certified Pool/Spa Operator® certification to remain active.
How do I renew my CPO® certification?
There are three ways that you can renew your CPO® certification.
- You may take the 2-Day classroom course or both the on-line Pool Operator Primer™ training and the one-day classroom Pool Operator Fusion™ course offered by a certified instructor. At the end, you must successfully complete an open book exam with a minimum score of 75%. (NOTE: If your CPO® certification has expired, this is the only option for recertification.)
- You may take the online Pool Operator Primer™ course and make arrangements with an NSPF® Instructor to administer the open-book CPO® certification exam for you. You must have a minimum score of 75% on the exam to recertify. (NOTE: Your CPO® certification must not be expired to recertify this way.)
- If available, you may take a one day review course taught by an NSPF® Instructor with the certification exam at the end. You must have a minimum score of 75% on the exam to recertify. (NOTE: Your CPO® certification must not be expired to recertify this way.)
NSPF® Instructors will be able to provide you with information on any of the above options.
A person may renew their CPO® certification by one of the following methods:
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A list of upcoming classroom courses and Pool Operator Fusion™ courses can be found on the Course Schedule page Here. When you have located the course in which you are interested, please contact the instructor directly at the e-mail address or telephone number displayed or information on registration, etc.
Why do I have to take the CPO® certification class again? I have been certified for years! Why can’t I just take the test?
There are several reasons NSPF® requires individuals to take the CPO® certification class again after five years.
- New technologies and issues commonly enter our field. Topics like UV disinfection, cryptosporidium outbreaks, automated probe technologies, more advanced test kits, and new data on filtration are very important and were not covered to any great extent five or ten years ago.
- Many people who have received CPO® certification do not practice nor are they exposed to certain operational tasks or technologies. It is important that professionals be exposed to a broad operations review to refresh knowledge in certain areas.
- The NSPF® Pool & Spa Operator™ Handbook is updated regularly to ensure that new technologies are incorporated. The handbook is expanded to allow operators to search for material that goes beyond the material covered in the CPO® certification course.
- Regulations change periodically. A portion of the CPO® certification course covers local and federal regulations to make sure the student is aware of any changes.
- It is common practice that professionals in various fields must verify knowledge.
How do I get a duplicate copy of my certificate?
If you have misplaced your certificate and/or wallet card and your Certified Pool/Spa Operator® certification is still valid, a replacement certificate and wallet card is available for $10 for the set. You may place your order by telephone (719.540.9119), FAX (719.540.2787), or mail (4775 Granby Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80919). If submitting your order by FAX or mail, please include your certification number (if known). NSPF® is not able to issue copies of certificates for those whose certifications have expired.
Can a copy of my certification be sent by FAX or e-mail?
For a nominal cost of $10, NSPF® will be glad to provide you with an original copy of your certificate and wallet card. After purchase and confirmation of pertinent information, an original copy of the certificate and wallet card will be mailed to the address which you have on file at NSPF® headquarters. We are not able to fax or email CPO® certifications.
I got married or divorced. How do I change the name my certificate?
Please provide the National Swimming Pool Foundation® with documentation of the name change. We will be glad to update our records. For a nominal charge of $10, we can supply you with a replacement certificate/wallet card.
What is the most current edition of the NSPF® Pool & Spa Operator™ Handbook?
The National Swimming Pool Foundation® strives to update the NSPF® Pool & Spa Operator™ Handbook as significant developments occur in the pool and spa industry. Instructors teach classes with the most up-to-date material possible. Please contact NSPF® headquarters if you require a specific publication date.