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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. Most state and local health departments accept the CPO® certification program.


This training has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities. Formed from the 2019 merger of the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF®) and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance® (PHTA®) seeks to "Celebrate the Water." CPO® certification is one of the key ways PHTA® supports the expansion of swimming, water safety, and safe swimming environments. Through research and outreach, PHTA®'s CPO® program allows more pools to stay open so that more communities can be served. Danu Aquatics is honored to be a part of this internationally recognized program.

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 PHTA® (formerly 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 PHTA® Pool & Spa Operator™ Handbook and local codes taught by a certified PHTA® 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 PHTA® 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 PHTA® 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 or leave us a message through our Inquiry Portal if you have any questions.

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2-Day Face-To-Face Classes

Sterling, VA

November 12-13

Dates are contingent on Virginia's Covid-19 status

Hosted by Newport Enterprises

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