B&R Pools helps pool operators obtain their pool compliance requirements in Pennsylvania through certification classes held throughout the year. The following information provides an overview regarding common questions you may have.
Do I need a pesticide applicator license?
The Pesticide Applicator license (category 24 swimming pools) is required for any individual who adds EPA registered pesticides (chlorine, bromine, algaecide) in a commercial swimming pool in Pennsylvania. You must pass 2 closed book exams (core and category 24). Category 24 Swimming Pool Pest Management is NOT the same as the CPO. These are two separate certifications, required by 2 distinct regulatory agencies.
What is a BU#?
The BU# is the Company’s Business License number with the PA Department of Agriculture. Any company adding “pesticides” (e.g., chlorine, bromine, algaecide) to a commercial body of water in PA must both employ a Certified Pesticide Applicator and hold a business license. Contact the PA Department of Agriculture at 724-832-1073 with questions about business licensing.
Does my facility require a Certified Pool Operator?
In Allegheny County, a Certified Pool Operator (and ACHD registered Bathing Place Manager) must visit a commercial pool once each day of operation.
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, with an annual renewal payment due every September 31st. Within the 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. During the in-class day, you will learn the local codes and regulations, review CPO class materials, and then take the exam.