Looking for a certified pool operator's course? With its respected teaching methodology, NC Pool School is the ideal place to come. They offer health department required certification in addition to providing the right training to carry out all the duties as a pool operator.
november 29 and 30, 2023
Hampton Inn, Benson, NC
2 day course - Nov 29-30
POP Fusion - Nov 30
december 7 and 8, 2023
Hampton Inn & Suites, Southport, NC
2 day course - Dec 7-8
POP Fusion - Dec 8
january 9 and 10 , 2024
Abbotts Run Apartment Clubhouse, Wilmington, NC
2 day course - Jan 9-10
POP Fusion - Jan 10
january 22 and 23, 2024
Grafton Lodge, Lake Lure, NC
2 day course - Jan 22-23
POP Fusion - Jan 23
february 6 and 7, 2024
Hampton Inn & Suites, Chapel Hill, NC
2 day course - Feb 6-7
POP Fusion - Feb 7
february 19 and 20, 2024
Days Inn, Shallotte, NC for both NC and SC Pool operators
2 day course - Feb 19-20
POP Fusion - Feb 20
february 28 and 29, 2024
William B Shuford Recreation Center, Granite Falls, NC
2 day course - Feb 28-29
POP Fusion - Feb 29
?? 2023 or 2024
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march 13 and 14, 2024
Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
2 day course - Mar 13-14
POP Fusion - Mar 14
march 25 and 26, 2024
Charles Mack Citizens Center, Mooresville, NC
2 day course - Mar 25-26
POP Fusion - Mar 26
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to schedule a class at your site
Registration is simple
Send email to email@example.com
with class dates, student's name, and
includes book and certification fees
Each student receives 16 hours of instruction by a Certified Instructor specifically trained to communicate the basic skills necessary to operate a pool or spa facility. The course is intensive and covers water chemistry, testing, treatment, filtration, maintenance, automatic feeding equipment, government requirements, etc. Each student must pass a written examination in English to be certified. Translation to Spanish is available upon request.
The Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) offers this course in 2 different formats:
Two-day format: a face-to-face pool/spa operator training course delivered by an experienced instructor (test included). One-day format: a hybrid course called a "Fusion" course is also available. For this course, students must first complete about 8-10 hours of online work (done in your own home and at your own pace), then come to a one-day face-to-face class to finish the course (test included).
Do I need to study before the class? No, the two-day class will walk you through the PHTA Handbook and all you need to know for the open book/open notes exam.Is the class offered with Spanish translator? Yes. NC Pool School has a bilingual translator for the instructor. To request a Spanish translator, please email firstname.lastname@example.org . Also, testing materials and handbooks are available in Spanish. If you are registered for a CPO class and would like a handbook and exam materials in Spanish, please email email@example.com at least a week before your class.What is needed for the class? Please bring a photo ID, calculator, pencil and highlighter to the class. If you have a current license that will soon expire, please bring your current license to class with you. (See Recertification information below).What is needed to pass and when will I know? You must score 74% on the 50-question multiple choice exam [which is open book/open notes] to pass. Your test will be graded on the day after the class, and you will receive an email indicating your score and a second email with your PDF certification. If your score is 74% or greater, keep this PFD certification until your official documentation is received by mail.Do I need to take the class to renew an expired license? If your current CPO license has not expired by the class/exam date, you are only required to come to the second day of our two-day CPO class. Before registering, please email a copy of your current CPO license to firstname.lastname@example.org . While not required, you are encouraged to attend both days. If your original CPO license has expired, you will need to attend both days of the class.
Graduates will receive a certificate, suitable for framing, and a wallet card issued by the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance.
The wallet card is a miniature version of the certificate and carries the graduate's personal CPO registration number. Certification is valid for 5 years.
Holding an active CPO certification but expiration is approaching? Two options:
 Candidates can purchase CPO POP Fusion course, then attend the second day where the exam is administered at the end of the day.
 Candidates can register to attend second day of a CPO course, where you will take part in math review of the first day, go over jurisdiction updates, question-and-answer portion, followed by the exam.
DAY 1 8:30 - 9:00 am Registration 9:00 - 12:00 pm Class 12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch 1:00 - 5:00 pm Class
DAY 2 9:00 - 12:00 pm Class 12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch 1:00 - 2:00 pm Review 2:00 - 5:00 pm Certification Examination
The on-line and one day Fusion version of the course is available upon request - call if you are interested in this option.
retired Aquatic Facilities & Program Director, City of
Raleigh Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources Department, Raleigh, NC;
PHTA CPO Instructor for 34 years;
40 years in water safety and aquatic management.
Reviews from Students
Brian G. - It was a true pleasure to learn from you. I admire how you were able to accommodate so many learning styles, how you were able to cover so much material, and how you were able to make it relatable to me, who is very unfamiliar with the industry.
Jake J. - I didn't have a chance to tell you how much I appreciated your instruction! I am currently a senior at NC State and I wanted to mention to you that many of the professors I have had were nowhere nearly as helpful and as able to describe the course matter as you were able to in just two days.
Supervisor Mark - The feedback from the students was all positive. They enjoyed your teaching style. They felt that they received the proper training to perform the tasks required in the CPO position.