Acapulco Pools Logo MY ACCOUNT
COMPANY WHAT WE DO CAREERS TRAINING CENTRE CONTACT US

Who Should Become a Certified Pool Operator?

According to the National Swimming Pool Foundation, every aquatic facility should have at least one trained and Certified Pool Operator®. At some facilities, routine maintenance is provided by a third-party service company. In this case the outside service technician should also be certified. It is also suggested that the owner of the facility being serviced by an outside company have a Certified Pool/Spa Operator® certification in order to properly evaluate the performance of the service technician.

 

Since the owner or manager of each facility is responsible for the safety of the pool, being certified is very important. Owners, managers and pool operators of every facility should have an extensive knowledge of statutes, administrative codes, regulations and common accepted practices.

 

The National Swimming Pool Foundations suggests that “any individual who makes changes to the water quality, or performs routine maintenance of swimming pool system components, should obtain a CPO® certification.” At some facilities, head lifeguards or head instructors are trained and certified to operate the swimming pool. This is to ensure that other managers are familiar with aquatic risks and prevention techniques. Since these individuals are involved daily with the swimming pool activities and programs, proper training is significant. All repair and maintenance work should only be performed by a qualified individual/ company. This may mean that it is necessary to use a contractor or licensed professional.

 

CLASS C POOLS

When it comes to small Class C pools (hotels, motels, apartments, condominium pools), there is very little delegation as to who should be certified. In many instances, the swimming pool manager could very well be the owner. The owner/manager whether operating the pool or not, should be certified in order to have a good understanding of the basic pool operations. If the facility has a spa, there is additional responsibility and the importance of having proper training is higher. Any individual who evaluates and adjusts the pool water chemistry should be certified and it is recommended to have a certified pool operator present whenever the pool is open for use.

 

CLASS E POOLS

Medical treatment pools, therapy pools, exercise pools and other specialized pools, otherwise known as Class E pools, usually have a very small staff and the operation of the pool is only one of many responsibilities. Normally, pool maintenance is contracted to an outside third-party service technician. It is important that this technician be certified. The manager of the facility should also be certified to ensure they have the knowledge necessary in evaluating the performance of the technician.

 

CLASS A, B & D POOLS

Classes A, B and D pools (competition pools, park pools, water parks) typically have a highly trained aquatic staff. At these larger facilities, management is structured in several layers starting with the facility director at the head. The aquatic staff also normally includes aquatic coordinators, swim instructors, lifeguards, supervisors and maintenance employees. Each individual on the management team is responsible for the supervision and safety of the facility. Larger facilities should require the proper training at each level of management including maintenance personnel, head lifeguards, pool supervisor, and facility director.

 

Click here to register for one of our in class CPO courses.

add a comment
Subscribe to this Blog Like on Facebook Tweet this! Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn

Contributors

Codi Keller
7
September 27, 2021
show Codi's posts
Lee Battams
2
April 22, 2020
show Lee's posts
Greg Keller
9
March 18, 2020
show Greg's posts
Francine Gall
3
November 20, 2019
show Francine's posts
Mark Elliott
8
September 4, 2019
show Mark's posts
Nicole Oosterveld
2
February 27, 2019
show Nicole's posts
Amanda Trapp
1
July 11, 2018
show Amanda's posts

Latest Posts

Show All Recent Posts

Archive

Tags

Everything Accessibility Access Lifts Ballet Rails Beach Entry Bonding Bulkheads Campgrounds Chemicals Chemical Controllers Chloramines Chlorine Climbing Wall Commissioning Construction Contractors CPO Crushed Glass Design Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Electrical Filters Filter Media Grounding Health Health Benefits Health Code Health Inspections Heating Hot Tub Leisure Swimming Life Jackets Liquid Pool Covers Main Drains Movable Floors Myths Paint pH Plaster Platform Lifts Pool Closing Pool Filtration Pool Finishes Pool Operators Pool Toys Pros & Cons Ramps Regenerative Filters Renovations Residential Safety Salt Sand Service Solar Blankets Spa Splash Pads Swimming Tile Tips Total Alkalinity Training Transfer Walls Ultra Violet (UV) Variable Frequency Drive VGB Vinyl Liner Water Chemistry Water Safety Water Slide Winterizing Zeolite