Our goal is to ensure everyone leaves our training knowing how to perform all the skills learned from our courses.  If at any time you have questions about material learned in class, feel free to email or call us as long as you maintain your certification.  We are committed to being here for you both inside and outside the classroom.

Looking to hold a Lifeguard, Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, CPO, or another course at your facility?  Don't see a course listed you need?  Contact Us now to schedule.  

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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 set is available for $10. You may place your order by telephone (719.540.9119), FAX (719.540.2787), or by mail (4775 Granby Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80919). If submitting your order by FAX or mail, please include your certification number (if known). PHTA is not able to issue copies of certificates for those whose certifications have expired.





  • Blended Primer (Online) & Fusion (Day 2): $350

  • 2-Day Classroom Course (In-Person): $325

  • Fusion (Day 2) only: $250

  • Exam Re-Take only: $75


For individuals working in or around recreational water, the Certified Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) Certification provides the knowledge, techniques, and skills for pool and spa operations. CPO Certification is the world's leading verifiable pool and spa training credential, sought after for its unmatched results. Whether for compliance or professional development, more pool professionals have chosen CPO® Certification than any other program worldwide. Conveniently available in person or online, the PHTA Certified Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) Certification program is also eligible for IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

The CPO® certification course is 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.


  • Pool operators

  • Service technicians

  • Pool managers

  • Resort/hotel/motel staff

  • Apartment maintenance staff

  • Aquatic supervisors

  • Water park managers

  • Recreation directors

  • Anyone responsible for technical operation, maintenance, or management of pools or spas.


The CPO® Certification program requires participation in either a 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), or a two-day in-person class.

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Pool Operator Primer™

This 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, which is provided.  Pool Operator Primer™ participants must complete the Pool Operator Fusion™ within six (6) months.

Pool Operator Fusion™

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. Students must present a Pool Operator Primer™ Record of Completion and pass an open book exam to obtain a CPO® Certification.

2-Day Classroom CPO® Certification Course

This two-day class covers 14-16 hours of information from the PHTA 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

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Blended Learning:  NONE

2- Day Full Course:  NONE

Fusion:  Primer course completed within 6 months.


14-16 hours


To successfully complete the CPO® course, candidates must:

  • Attend the entire course and participate in all class sessions.

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills.

  • Successfully pass final written exams with a minimum grade of 75%. If a participant fails to reach the minimum 75% on the final written exam, a retest can be administered on a separate day; additional fee applies.


More classes coming soon.  Call to schedule at your location.


CPO® is valid for 5 years

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