According to the NSPF, a Certified Pool Operator® is someone who has been trained and tested competent in the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. The CPO® certification program includes pool and spa chemistry, testing, treatment, filtration, maintenance, equipment, and government requirements.
Why should you take the class? Well, for starters you might be required to. It is dependent on the state, but some state health departments require the training. Where we are located, in Washington State, it is required to have a CPO®, an AFO, or someone who has taken the state equivalent. The CPO® and AFO® are both nationally and internationally recognized. It is also common for the facilities themselves to require you to get a certification in order to work on their aquatics side. But, even not considering the requirements, if you are going to work in aquatics you need to fully understand the responsibility you have to keep patrons safe and to keep your facility up to par and open. The CPO Certification® will give you the foundation you need to meet those responsibilities.
Pools and cars share a similarity…you would never hand the keys to your 1963 Dodge 880 to a person who had no idea how to drive. And no pool should be in the hands of someone who has no idea how to properly run one.
Read More About CPO® here.
If you would like to join our class, scheduled for April 2016, click here.