PHTA (formery NSPF) Certified Pool Operator CPO® Certification · $365 ( Online only is $365 total in 3 parts)
CPO Options during the CoVid-19 Outbreak

PHTA, the organization that writes and administers the CPO (Certified Pool Operator) Program. Has released a Limited Time Option for the CPO Program to allow for Online Classes and Testing! 

Limited Time Option

Please be aware that if Your State Health Department sets an end date- You will certainly want to be done with class and pass the exam before that date.

Some states have begun to no longer allow the virtual CPO class- Wyoming,  Nebraska, some counties in Alabama and some counties in Missouri. Personally, I think this is very short sighted. I have received calls from people that were in in-person classes where someone was diagnosed with COVID while they were in the class. The classroom could become a Spreader event. I would think that the state department of health would be most concerned about the health of the people in their state.  

Please check with your local health department before you register for class, if there is any question. 

I am excited to restart the schedule of in-person classes, when can do so safely. I have begun Live in-person CPO classes in areas where the vaccination rates are high. I will continue to monitor and add classes as different areas increase their vaccination rates and for areas where the rules are safer.

Please get vaccinated- That is how we all get back to "Normal".

I expect to continue the 100%online classes for many months- probably until the end of the year.- Depending on local health departments rules.

For the 100% online classes- Here is the 3 part plan-

100% Online CPO is 3 Steps

Step One -Register for the online class- Pool Operator Primer ($225)

After the Pool Operator Primer online course is completed- You must have a Certificate of Completion-Expect the Pool Operator Course to take 8-12 hours to complete ( I have had some students take double that amount of time- so give yourself enough time to complete.)

Step 2- Register for a Live online webinar- ($140) This portion will be approximately 4-6 hours with a 30 minute break. For Step 2 & 3- You must have a webcam and microphone.  I must see that you are present and I must be able to watch you take the exam. If I cannot verify that I observed you take the test, then you will not be certified- regardless of your test score!

This webinar will include much important information including digitally the handouts from an in-person class, review of calculations, and review for the exam.

During the Live online webinar, you will be able to ask questions- either by chat or during some periods, with your microphone, by voice.

This live Webinar will be run almost the same as a normal second day of the 2 day class. In addition to the review of the calculations and other information that you need to know for the test, there is an emphasis on the VGB act and related safety issues that are crucial for the safety of your pool.

Following the Webinar Review, the exam will be available online with a voucher available after you have completed the Webinar.

Step 3- Register for the Online Exam- ($30 included in the webinar above)

You will NOT be allowed to register for the exam without completing Steps 1 & 2. With the voucher for the exam that you will receive after completing the webinar, you will have 3 hours to take the online exam. I must be able to watch you take the exam. If I cannot verify that I observed you take the test, then you will not be certified- regardless of your test score!

When you take the online test- you will know your score as soon as you finish the test.


Earning the prestigious Certified Pool/Spa Operator® Certification (CPO® Certification) gives you the latest information available for commercial and residential pools and spas. Earn your certification by taking a traditional 2-day classroom course, the blended format Fusion, or for a limited time.- 100% online course  The blended format includes an online course (Pool Operator Primer) and a 1-day classroom course (Pool Operator Fusion).


Pool Operator Primer™ Online Course

You can quickly improve your knowledge and reduce risk by taking this engaging, interactive program.  This online training program can be the first step to earning CPO® Certification or it can be an excellent stand-alone course in the fundamentals of pool and spa operation. NSPF® Pool & Spa Operator™ Handbook included.  


Pool Operator Fusion™ Classroom Course

This one-day classroom CPO® course is the second step to earning a CPO® Certification for those that successfully completed the Pool Operator Primer™ Online Course.  In this course, the instructor will review concepts in the online course, answer questions, discuss state codes and administer an exam.  Students must present a Pool Operator Primer™ record of completion and picture ID to the instructor at the beginning of the course.  Successful completion of the Pool Operator Fusion™ course will earn a CPO® Certification.


CPO® Certification benefits include:

  • The most widely accepted program by local and state authorities

  • Knowledge in topics necessary for pool/spa operation

  • Confidence that courses are taught by NSPF® certified instructors

  • Comprehensive, annually updated materials

  • Better understanding of the operator’s role in pool care, management, and risk reduction

  • Access to monthly updates and news from PHTA (NSPF)

  • Eligibility for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The Certified Pool/Spa Operator® certification program has delivered more training for pool operation than any other program in the pool and spa industry since 1972, resulting in more than 342,623 successful CPO® certifications in 86 countries.


This information is applicable to both residential and commercial pools. CPO® Certification is often required for employment with some companies.


Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas and other state and local health departments accept the CPO® certification program for commercial pool operation.


Kevin Tucker brings 45 years of aquatics and swimming pool industry experience to this class. He is well known around the US for excellence in training.

This is a real class- not just someone reading from the powerpoint slides.

For the classroom class, we include the CPO® Workbook plus the Pool Math Workbook.

CPO Exam will be given at the end of the second day.

Every person taking the Exam must provide a valid Picture ID.

This certification is valid for 5 years.

CPO® Fusion Class

For persons that prefer online training, the CPO® Fusion option combines the  online Pool Operator Primer with one day of the CPO® in-class program and the monitored examination.


Step One: Purchase the NSPF Pool Operator Primer (POP) program $225 · CLICK HERE


Step Two: Study and Complete the Pool Operator Primer. The Certificate of Completion must be presented to the Instructor for the Exam. (Expect the online program to take at least 16-20 hours-don't wait until the last minute to complete!)


Step Three: Arrange and attend the last day of the two day CPO® class for the review and administration of the EXAM. You MUST bring a valid picture ID for the Exam. $140

This certification is valid for 5 years.


For persons interested in the CPO® Fusion Class– Please Call Kevin at 512-417-8103.

Register in advance. CLICK HERE.





CPO Recertification-

The following options are not available until we start classroom classes again.


For persons that still have a valid CPO® certificate (Not Expired!), there are THREE choices for recertification:

  1. Complete a full CPO® 2 day classroom course and pass the Exam. $365 OR...

  2. Complete the Pool Operator Primer online course as a refresher prior to the Exam- Pass the Exam. $225+$140 · CLICK HERE OR...

  3. Complete the second day of a 2 day CPO® Course (including the Review).  Provide your own book. Pass the Exam at that Course location. $140

  4. Recertifications are good for 5 years.

Every person taking the Exam must provide a valid Picture ID.

The Certified Pool Operator (CPO®) program from is the largest and most recognizable training program for commercial pool operators.


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.


The Certified Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®) Certification program is not intended to give a complete novice all of the knowledge for total operation skills for a commercial pool.


The CPO® program is a great introduction to the world of the commercial pool operator, but for people that have never worked with swimming pool equipment and water testing/balance, it may be helpful to take the online class- Field Service Professional prior to the CPO® course. Completing the Field Service Professional prior to the CPO® course will strongly improve the chances of completing the certification program in a 2 day format. 

The NSPF Field Service Professional online course is available for $55 from the Online Class/Books webpage.

The Field Service Professional course is NOT required for CPO- just recommended for those people that are very new to swimming pool operation and water testing.