NSPF® Certified Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®)

The two-day NSPF® Certified Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®) course is delivered by a NSPF® Certified instructor who will provide participants with the basic skills and knowledge to operate a pool or spa facility.

The course topics include:

  • Pool and Spa Chemistry
  • Water Testing and Treatment
  • Filtration
  • Recirculation
  • Types of Pool Equipment
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Seasonal Care
  • Storage and handling
  • Safety
  • Government Regulations and Legislation
  • Energy Use and Conservation.
The CPO® Textbook

The text for the course is Pool/Spa Operators Handbook, an invaluable resource and reference for the novice and the professional who must trouble-shoot on a broad spectrum of functional problems. The subject matter includes chemistry, filtration, recirculation, all types of pool equipment, preventive maintenance, seasonal care, storage and handling, safety, energy use and conservation and much, much more. All topics are written by experts in their specialties and the course is thoroughly field tested.

Course Attendance and Examination

Each participant must attend the two days of instruction and then pass the three-hour examination with a minimum 75% grade to become Certified.

CPO® Certificates, Cards, Recertification

After successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a certificate and a wallet card. The certificate, and wallet card, includes the participant’s personal CPO Registration number, which is permanently recorded by the Foundation, and states that the certification was earned through the National Swimming Pool Foundation. The Certification is valid for a minimum of five (5) years at which time a refresher course and/or an examination must be passed.

This course is worth 14 professional development credits towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation.