FAQs

Do I need a pesticide license? The Pesticide Applicator license is required for any individual charged with adding or handling chemicals in a commercial swimming pool in Pennsylvania.
Does my facility require a Certified Pool Operator? There must be at least one Certified Pool Operator on staff for every commercial pool in Allegheny County. Outside of Allegheny County your facility is not required to have a CPO on staff (although it is a good idea for safety and water quality).
What is considered a commercial pool? A commercial pool is defined as any pool owned and operated by (1) the residents of a condominium or cooperative, (2) any public or private educational institution, (3) any public or private orphanage, (4) any communal group such as YMCA, health club, community center, and (5) any correctional institution.

How long is my CPO license valid? The CPO certification is valid for a five (5) year period. Retesting is required to re-certify at the end of that period.

How long is my Pesticide license valid?  Pesticide certification is valid for a period of three (3) years.  During that three year period, six (6) Core and four (4) Category 24 Continuing Education credits must be earned to re-certify for the next three (3) years.

What is the Blended CPO Class?  If you’re short on time or prefer being out of the office for only one-day, the Blended Class may be for you.  You will be given an access code for an online Primer Course which will walk you through the CPO book over approximately 8 hours (the course remembers where you left off).  At the end of the Primer, you will receive a certificate of completion which you must print and bring to the one-day class.  After a review of the materials, the CPO exam will be administered.