CPO certification 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 282,000 successful CPO certifications in 64 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.


Course Information

  • The CPO certification program includes pool and spa chemistry, testing, treatment, filtration, maintenance, automatic feeding equipment, and government requirements.

  • The CPO certification program requires an open book written examination.

  • The CPO certification is valid for five years.

CPO® Certification Program 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

  • Includes a comprehensive handbook that is updated regularly

  • Taught by NSPF® Certified Instructors

  • Recognized nationally and internationally

  • Gives participants a better understanding of the operator’s role in pool care, management and risk reduction

  • Eligible for IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs)


Course Options

The CPO® Certification program requires participation in either a two-day in-person class (14-16 hours) taught by a certified instructor or the blended format that combines the online Pool Operator Primer™ and one day of the Pool Operator Fusion™ in-person class of instruction. An open book written examination is required.


The two-day class 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. You must attend both days of a CPO®Certification two-day in-person class in order to sit for the exam. Go to the Register for a Course Page to find a class near you or go to the Request a Course Page to inquire about a private course for your staff.

The Pool Operator Primer™ online training program can be the first step to earning a CPO® Certification. This online curriculum follows the 18 chapters in the NSPF® Pool & Spa Operator™ Handbook. Students have access to the Pool Operator Primer™ online course for six months giving them the opportunity to review the material many times. Upon completion of the Pool Operator Primer™, students may attend a Pool Operator Fusion™ course to complete their CPO® certification. This one-day in-person class is offered by a certified NSPF® Instructor and is an economical and convenient way to achieve the CPO®Certification.  Sign-up for the second day of any two-day classroom certification course or a stand-alone one-day Pool Operator Fusion™ class. Go to the Register for a Course Page to find a class near you or go the the Request a Course Page to inquire about a private course for your staff. Students must present a Pool Operator Primer™ Record of Completion and pass an open book exam to obtain a CPO® Certification.


Class Note:

You must bring valid, government issued picture ID (Drivers License, Passport, Military ID, Resident Alien Card, etc) with you to class. You must bring with you a pencil, photo ID, and a calculator. Calculators that are on smart phones are NOT allowed during the exam. Please email inquiry@danuaquatics.com or leave us a message through our Inquiry Portal if you have any questions.

Upcoming CPO 

in cooperation with


Newport Enterprises

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Newport Enterprises will be adjusting the CPO Schedule. Newport Enterprises hosts multiple 2-day CPO classes at the Sterling Training Center. Both weekend and weekday opportunities will be offered. To register visit their website at www.newport-enterprises.com. 

Upcoming Dates include:

  • October 23-24, 2020* Dependent upon Virginia's status.

  • December 12-13, 2020* Dependent upon Virginia's status.

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