Certified Pool Operator Course

National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool Operator® Course

pool sideColumbus Public Health is offering the National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool Operator® Course (CPO®).

About The Certified Pool Operator® Course

This two-day course is designed to help broaden your knowledge for the safe operation of swimming pools, spas and spray grounds in our community.

The course is designed for:

  • operators and owners
  • homeowners 
  • health inspectors
  • lifeguards
  • anyone who wants to know the workings of a swimming pool or spa

CPO® certification program includes:

  • pool and spa chemistry
  • testing
  • treatment
  • filtration
  • maintenance
  • automatic feeding equipment
  • government requirements
More about the course and the benefits to being certified.

Course Options

We offer two options for taking the course:

  1. Full Two-day Course
    $300 - early registration (2 weeks prior to course date)
    $350 - late registration (within 2 weeks of course)
    Includes CPO handbook and Pool Math Workbook
  2. Fusion Course
    The Pool Operator Fusion class is an option to earn the CPO certification by taking the prerequisite online Pool Operator PrimerTM course through the National Swimming Pool Foundation and then attending only the second day of the in-class course and passing the exam.  To attend the second day class and take the exam, you must bring your Pool Operator PrimerTM certificate of completion along with a photo ID.  Please note that obtaining the CPO certification using the Fusion option may cost more than the 2-day class option.

More information about the Fusion course can be found at the National Swimming Pool Foundation link: http://nspf.org/en/CPO/CPOBlended.aspx

Fee includes course materials, textbook, examination, five-year certification and a subscription to the CPO® Newsletter

Course Schedule 

Upcoming Course Dates - 2014

Two-day Course

  • March 4 - 5
  • May 7 - 8
  • September 3 - 4

Fusion Course - First part: online, second part: attend day-2 of the Two-day Course

  • April 2
  • November 12


Registration Form 

Please complete the form electronically (or by hand), print, and mail with your payment to:
Columbus Public Health
Water Protection Program
240 Parsons Ave
Columbus, OH 43215

Cash, check or money orders accepted. Do not mail cash. Checks must be made out to “Columbus City Treasurer”.  All payments are non-refundable.


If you have any questions, please call us at 614-645-7005 or email Health@columbus.gov