CPO Certification is required in conjunction with the Bathing Place Manager in Allegheny County.
A CPO® Certification provides individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. This training has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities.
Topics include: Disease & Accident Prevention, Water Chemistry, Pool Calculations and Chemical Dosing, Pool Management, Codes, Filtration & Circulation, and Maintenance & Operational Problems.
➡CPO Certification is required in Allegheny County and is recommended for all commercial facilities.
➡CPO Certification is valid for 5 years.
In Pennsylvania, you will also need to pass Core and Category 24 Swimming Pool Pest Management exams administered by the PA Department of Agriculture to add chlorine, bromine, and algaecide to a commercial swimming pool. This is a SEPARATE certification from Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO). We offer a review session and host the Dept of Agriculture for examination in the Pesticide Review class.
Traditional 2-Day CPO Class
The traditional class format offers 1.5 days of instruction, fully covering the contents of the Pool & Spa Operator Handbook. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the first day. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on the second day followed by the open book exam. A score of 37/50 is required to be eligible for certification. The cost of the course includes classroom instruction, course book, exam, and CPO certification. One make-up exam opportunity will be provided for an additional fee if a passing score is not obtained on the first attempt.
We register this class with the PA Department of Agriculture for 6 Core and 4 Category 24 continuing education credits.
Blended Format CPO
The blended format combines the completion of a self-paced, web-based, 8-hour Online Pool Primer plus attendance at a one-day, live CPO class. The class can be the second day of a traditional 2-day CPO. The online Primer must be successfully completed prior to classroom attendance, and you must bring a printed Certificate of Completion with you to class. The primer may be taken at your convenience over a period of weeks to 6 months. The cost for the course includes Pool Operator Primer, course book, classroom instruction, exam, and 5-year certification. One make-up exam opportunity will be offered for an additional fee is a passing score is not obtained on the first attempt.
About the exam:
- The exam is open book
- It is comprised of 50 questions
- A passing score is 37/50
- 3 hours are allotted for testing
- Exams are graded on-site before you leave
- Photo ID is required for testing