About The Class
The Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Certification course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to safely and efficiently manage and operate swimming pools and spas, and meet the mandatory State Health Department requirements for pool operator certification. CPO’s are trained in the most advanced techniques in: safety, water chemistry, maintenance, management, water testing, state health codes and requirements, pool liability, and disease control.
The CPO Seal of Approval is assurance to pool and spa owners from hotels to water parks that their facilities and swimmers are under the supervision of trained professionals. The Certified Pool Operator Certification course provides training for effective economical and safe use of an aquatic facility. All operators, owners, managers, service companies, public health officials, and any person who has an interaction with a pool facility will benefit from the CPO Certification course.
Certification is good for five years. Course includes CPO Handbook and handouts. The Certified Pool Operator Certification course is a national and international program.
Please call us at 651-917-3075 to request Spanish materials when registering for one of our classes.
- State Health Codes - Revised requirements and building codes
- Pool Calculations - Calculating pool volume, turnover and flow rate, bather load and capacity, chemical additions, filter sizing, and Langelier saturation index
- Filtration and Recirculation - Skimmers and gutters, valves, gauges and flow meters, pumps, motors, heaters, sand, D.E., and cartridge filters
- Water Chemistry - pH, Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, Temperature, Total Dissolved Solids, Free Chlorine, Total Chlorine, Combined Chlorine, Breakpoint Super-Chlorination, Cyanuric Acid, ideal chemical levels, chlorine sanitizers, water balancers, and specialty products and equipment
- Spas - Benefits of warm water and warm water problems and health risks
- Maintenance - Daily and preventative maintenance, trouble-shooting, maintenance check lists, seasonal pools and winterizing pools
- Testing - DPD usage and other test kits, false readings, chemical automation, backup tests, and procedures
- Water Problems - Algae, staining, foaming, odors, cloudy water, corrosion, and scale formation
- Renovation - Energy efficiency, energy audits, renovating and new pool construction
- Disease and Accident Prevention - Water-born disease, disease prevention, and chemical hazards
Two Day Certification Class
The two day certification class is for anyone who is looking to get certified for the first time or has a license that has expired. Students must complete the 16 hours of instruction and pass the exam to become certified. The passing score to become certified is 75% and above.
Cost of the 2-day Certification Seminar: Metro - $350.00 and Non-Metro - $375.00
One Day CPO Re-Certification Class
Please note: Classes are held during specific times of the year. See the schedule for the available one day recertification classes.
This re-certification one day seminar is an option to renew your CPO certification. The one day course is designed for knowledgeable current CPOs to obtain updated information and take the required test. Eligibility for this class requires a current certificate at the time of class. You must provide a copy of your certificate with registration prior to class. WARNING: This class is only a review. If you have concerns about the material or passing the test, we recommend that you take the 2-day course.
Please see the schedule for the available one day recertification classes.
Cost of the 1-Day Re-certification Seminar: $325.00
Pool Operator Primer Course
The Primer course is an engaging online training course that can be used as stand alone training or as a replacement for the first day of the CPO Certification class. To earn the CPO certification the Primer course must be completed along with the second day of a CPO class including the written test. Primer class requires registration be completed 3 weeks prior to the class date you want to attend. Please call us at 651-917-3075 to register for the CPO Primer and to set up the second day of a regularly scheduled CPO class that you will be attending.
Total cost of the Pool Operator Primer and second day of a CPO Seminar: $400.00
If you recently attended a Horizon CPO course and failed the test to become certified please call our office at 651.917.3075 to set up a retest during an upcoming regularly scheduled CPO class.
Cost of a Re-test: $110.00
Class Materials & Resources
Pool/Spa Daily Log Sheet
(PDF) - 434 KB
Fecal Incident Response Recommendations for Aquatic Staff
(PDF) - 2.6 MB