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What Are CPO® Courses?


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The Certified Pool & Spa Operator's Course (CPO Course) is a two-day course that prepares an individual with the knowledge and skills to operate a safer and healthier pool.

  • The course is taught using the 2014 National Swimming Pool Foundation® Pool & Spa Operator Handbook.
  • A student will gain education on 18 chapters of pool water chemistry, water filtration, recreational water illnesses, spa maintenance, chemical dosing, break point chlorination and methods to keep employees and patrons of swimming pools safe and healthy.
  • The class also covers the regulations, Florida Administrative Code 64E-9 and Florida Statute Chapter 514, as they pertain to CPOs in Florida.

The cost of the course is $325. This includes the 2014 NSPF® Pool & Spa Operator Handbook, the exam, supplemental materials and the certification fees.

  • The book and materials will be handed out on the first day of class.
  • On the second day of the course, an exam is administered. This includes 60 multiple-choice questions.
  • The exam is open book, open notes. The minimum passing score is 75% (at least 45 correct answers).

If a student fails the exam, a retake exam will be offered. This must be taken in person within 90 days from the original test date. The location, date and time are at the discretion of the instructor and are pending available spacing in the classroom.

The class is taught in English, but the handbook and exam can be provided in Spanish or French. There is a $10 additional fee for materials in Spanish or French. Please give a 2 weeks notice to allow ample time for special order of materials. ***Must be specified at time of registration ***

Continuing Educational Units (CEUs) are available.

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Why Become a CPO®?


1. Regulatory Compliance. In Florida anyone who services a public pool must be certified (see 64E-9.018).

2. Job requirements. Although possibly not required by law, many organizations require CPO® certification because of the comprehensive education it provides to operate pools and spas.

3. Insurance requirements. Because of the liability associated with operating a pool or spa, insurance companies may require some sort of training. The CPO® certification course is ideal for that purpose.

4. General knowledge. Many people just want general knowledge regarding the operation and maintenance of pools and spas. The CPO® certification course is the most comprehensive and most recognized program available in the industry today.

What is a public pool?


Per Florida Statute Chapter 514.11(2):

“Public swimming pool” or “public pool” means a watertight structure of concrete, masonry, or other approved materials which is located either indoors or outdoors, used for bathing or swimming by humans, and filled with a filtered and disinfected water supply, together with buildings, appurtenances, and equipment used in connection therewith. A public swimming pool or public pool shall mean a conventional pool, spa-type pool, wading pool, special purpose pool, or water recreation attraction, to which admission may be gained with or without payment of a fee and includes, but is not limited to, pools operated by or serving camps, churches, cities, counties, day care centers, group home facilities for eight or more clients, health spas, institutions, parks, state agencies, schools, subdivisions, or the cooperative living-type projects of five or more living units, such as apartments, boardinghouses, hotels, mobile home parks, motels, recreational vehicle parks, and townhouses.

64E-9.018 Public Pool Service Technician Certification

An individual who services a public pool by maintaining the cleanliness, water quality and chemical balance of public pools shall be certified. To be certified an individual must demonstrate knowledge of public pools. Examples of such knowledge include: pool cleaning, general pool maintenance, make-up water supply, bacteriological, chemical and physical quality of water and water purification, testing, treatment, and disinfection procedures. To ensure that the pool technicians are knowledgeable, said technician shall attend a training course of national recognition that is approved by the department of at least 16 hours in length and shall pass a test acceptable to the department. Certification is conferred upon an individual and is nontransferable. Certification does not imply any licensure and specifically not that of contractor as regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation under Section 489.105(3)(j), (k), or (l), F.S. A certified pool technician may not affect the structural integrity of the pool or equipment, and shall not delegate work to others, including employees, that are not themselves certified under this section, or otherwise exempt from this provision per Chapter 514, F.S.

(1) Training shall include the following study topics for the hours indicated:
(a) Swimming pool calculations 1 hour;
(b) Filter type and filtration circulation 4 hours;
(c) Water chemistry – balancing & testing 5 hours;
(d) Spas and warm water pools 1 hour;
(e) Pool and spa maintenance 2 hours;
(f) Operational and safety requirements 2 hours; and
(g) State health code Chapter 64E-9, F.A.C., 1 hour.

(2) Course materials must be provided that cover the required topics in detail. The course approval shall be contingent upon their meeting the items listed in subsection (1) above and the subjects listed in Section 514.075, F.S. The test approval shall be contingent upon all of the questions being related to the subject areas listed in subsection (1) above and the subjects listed in Section 514.075, F.S., with at least 10% of the questions from the subject areas in paragraphs (1)(a) through (f) above, and the remaining 40% covering any of the seven pool subject areas listed in rule or Section 514.075, F.S. The minimum passing score for the test shall be no less than 70% correct for all questions. There shall be a minimum of 50 questions.

(3) Any individual or organization requesting the department to review their courses for compliance with the requirements of this rule, must submit copies of their training materials to the department prior to providing that training within the state. A copy of the test to be given, answers to the test questions, and a statement indicating the length of time a classroom topic will be conducted shall be included. The department shall review the materials and inform the applicant of its findings within 60 days from receipt of all training materials.

(4) The department shall deem certified any individual who has been proven certified by a course of national recognition.

(5) This requirement does not apply to a person or the direct employee of a person permitted as a public pool operator under Section 514.031, F.S. Further, persons licensed under Section 489.105(3)(j), (k), or (l), F.S., shall be deemed certified.

(6) Proof of certification shall be posted conspicuously in the equipment room of each pool serviced or must otherwise be available for inspection by the department.

(7) Any reference to department approval shall state no more than: “This course is approved by the Florida Department of Health for student certification as a Public Pool Service Technician under Chapters 514, Florida Statutes, and 64E-9, Florida Administrative Code.”

Who should receive CPO® Certification Training?


Pool owners

Pool managers and supervisors

Pool maintenance staff

Lifeguards

Pool and Spa service company employees

Pool technicians

Health officials

Property managers