Twenty states, including California & New York, now require that a Certified Pool Operator, CPO, be in attendance during the operation of a public swimming pool. Current Michigan Law requires "qualified person be readily available" during operating times of a public pool and recognizes the CPO as being "qualified.
Certified Pool Operators Training Program
The National Swimming Pool Foundation, NSPF, CPO training program has certified more than 150,000 students since 1989. This international training program satisfies the educational requirements for commercial pool operators in many states and counties. In 2005, NSPF introduced the new long awaited CPO Handbook. Mr. Kent, President of NSPF Board of Directors has called this new handbook, "the biggest educational advance in the recreational water field in many years. It will be presented to 20,000 students in the next year.
Upon Successful Completion...
...the graduate will receive a wall certificate and a wallet card from the Foundation showing their recorded and permanent ID number. This permanent proof of the graduate's qualifications is subject to updating every five years. As the course and the handbook are all new, any candidate requiring recertification MUST take the new course before sitting for the exam.
This is the industry standard training and reference manual for professionals responsible for the health and safety of the public using their pools and spas. In addition to health and safety concerns, the manual presents current information related to regulatory agencies and guidelines, disinfection, water balance, water problems, troubleshooting, chemical testing, chemical feeds and technology.
The CPO designation remains an assurance to the owner/manager of a public pool or spa that your facility is operating under the supervision of a qualified professional who is well versed in the highest standards for safety, water chemistry, equipment maintenance and pool management.