Get Certified With a Comprehensive Online CPO Certification

Register for Our Easy and Fully Online CPO Certification Program and Get Certified. 

CPO Certified Pool & Spa Operator



Online Training for Certified Pool Operators

Being a certified pool operator is essential to ensure you're delivering exceptional and professional care to all of your clients. Receiving your CPO certification will help you stay up to date on every aspect of pool operations. Learn about what chemicals you need to use in a pool environment and discover the best ways to stay in compliance with local regulatory agencies. 

Getting CPO certification online has never been easier than with Pool Certs. All you need to do is sign up for an online class, complete the training, and receive your certification. You can easily complete your training in a single day. Your final exam will be held with one of our certified instructors via Zoom. 

Stay in compliance and learn everything you need to know about being a certified pool operator with Pool Certs. 

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How the Process Works

Step 1: Sign Up for a Class

Choose from one of our many available exam dates on our website. During the registration process, be sure to select the state in which you reside. 

Step 2: Complete the Course

All of our courses are self-paced so you can complete the training on your own time. The Pool Operator Primer (POP) is self-guided and should take you around eight to 10 hours to complete. 

During the course, you'll learn about a variety of topics, including water chemistry, industry standards, system maintenance, and more. 

Step 3: Do the Review & Take Your Exam

Become a certified pool operator by doing approximately 5 hours worth of review material and then immediately taking your final exam online via Zoom with a certified instructor. The times offered are:

7 AM - 5 PM Pacific / 8 AM - 6 PM Mountain / 9 AM - 7 PM Central / 10 AM - 8 PM Eastern

If you need your CPO certification immediately, don't hesitate to contact us. Send us an email at

Step 4: Receive Your Certification 

Congratulations! You're now a certified pool operator. After you take and pass your exam, you can print your results immediately. You will also receive your certification via email within 2 weeks and will also receive it via mail the following month. 

What Sets Pool Certs Apart

Chad Bland, the founder of Pool Certs, has been in the pool business for 10 years. He has the skills and expertise to help you get certified and meet all the necessary requirements.

At Pool Certs, we're proud to have created an easy-to-use platform for students to utilize to get certified. Don't worry about having to get into your car and head into an unknown location. Everything you need to get CPO certified is available on our online platform. 

Hear What Other Students Have to Say

At Pool Certs, we're proud to have helped many people become certified pool operators. Check out our student testimonials to learn more about our online training platform

“You definitely made the CPO journey much easier! You gave me the wiggle room I needed to continue doing my job while getting this certification. I had been worried about the exam but after your guidance and review of examples, it made me much less nervous about the exam!”
-LIAM D, Certified 10/14/21
“ I'd rate you 5 out of 5 stars all day”
-SCOTT K, Certified 10/13/21
“I recently signed up for the CPO certification class with Chad Bland at Pool Certs. I had a few questions and he answered them all very quickly and sent me the CPO handbook very quickly as well. During the in-class day of the school, he went over several of the formulas for determining dosing, pool gallon calculations, etc. which was extremely helpful. He gave us his phone number, email address, and said that if we had questions to text, email, or call him. I have done all three and he has been an excellent resource. I highly recommend Chad, as I believe he really is a pool professional.”
-DAVID P, Certified 08/19/21

Ready to Get Started?

At Pool Certs, we're ready to help you get certified. Select the exam date of your choosing to get started. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

CPO Virtual Course Details


1. Select a date that works for you.
2. Select your state.
NOTE: Florida has an extra fee of $20. See below for more details.
3. Complete The Pool Operator Primer (POP) self-guided 8-10 hours online course. 
4. Complete via Zoom the CPO® review and CPO® exam with your Certified CPO® Instructor
(6am-4pm Pacific / 7am-5pm Mountain / 8am-6pm Central / 9am-7pm Eastern)





10 year experienced "Pool Guy" by career, still servicing commercial and residential pools. Here to help you learn what you need to know and meet all the requirements of this certification in an easy to do format. I promise you that! Chad Bland

CPO Virtual Course Details

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100% ONLINE Course 

Florida People Cert Information:
The State of Florida Health Department requires a third-party proctoring service known as People Cert to proctor the student taking the exam. The process regarding using People Cert will happen as follows: 1) Schedule your exam date and time with People Cert. 2) Prior to the day of testing, you MUST re-enter site and click on "Open Portal" to connect to People Cert to setup your security profile and test your computers compatibility. 3) On the day of testing, at the time of testing or slightly before re-enter the registration sit and click on "Start Assessment" to connect to People Cert to begin your test. "Open Portal" changes to "Start Assessment". 

Requirements: Computer and Zoom Access

                                        CPO Course Design

The CPO certification course is designed to provide individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skill of pool and spa operation. This body of knowledge is covered in the eighteen (18) chapters, as well as the glossary and appendices, of the PHTA Pool & Spa Operator Handbook. NOTE: The PHTA Pool & Spa Operator Handbook is not a substitute for state or local regulations.  This course is 100% online.

                                        CPO Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the CPO Certification course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the role an operator plays in pool operation
  2. List the components of a good management plan
  3. Develop a network of resource materials
  4. Develop a list of personal contacts
  5. Identify physical, chemical, and biological hazards associated with the pool environment
  6. List the steps to follow to minimize physical, chemical, and biological hazards associated with the pool environment
  7. Identify the local regulations that apply to safe pool
  8. identify the industry standards governing pool operation
  9. Explain the importance of a positive relationship with local regulatory agencies
  10. Explain the need for testing and documentation as it relates to pool and spa operation
  11. perform pool calculations as they relate to pool and equipment measurements and chemical usage computations

                                        CPO Certification Takeaways

  1. Pool management
  2. Water quality management
  3. System components
  4. System maintenance
  5. Pool and spa design
  6. Special needs of hot water spa environment

 Any person who successfully completes the CPO certification training and passes the applicable exam with a grade of 75% (37 points) or higher may be certified.   The CPO certification and registration is valid for a period of five (5) years from the date of course completion.  Based on your results, you should receive your CPO certification via email within 3-5 business days. You will also receive your certification via mail the following month.