Certified Advanced Pool Builder Professional


A Certified Advanced Pool Builder Professional requires proficiency in proper pool construction and an understanding of pool hydraulics.

Advanced CBP is the second level of certification in the new PHTA Certified Pool Builder and Design Professional Pathway, an education and certification career pathway designed to build on your foundation of knowledge so that you can become a Certified Master Pool Builder and Design Professional.

Prerequisites to Earn the Advanced CBP Certification

Exam Information

To become a Certified Advanced Pool Builder Professional, you must take the Advanced CBP Exam. An additional registration form and $250 fee for the Advanced CBP Exam is required. The Advanced CBP Exam is 3 hours long, open book, with 100 multiple-choice questions. You must score 75% or better to pass (answering at least 75 questions correctly).

  • Application: Must be submitted at least two weeks before your test date.
  • Exam Retest Form: If you didn’t pass the exam, you can reschedule a retest within a year of your testing date to avoid having to take the course again.
  • Advanced CBP Practice Exam: Sample exam questions covering each topic area, including answers and helpful commentary by Terry Brannon, P.E., GENESIS® Engineering Faculty Advisor. ($49 for PHTA members; $99 for non-members)

Choose How to Take the Exam

  • On a computer at a Prometric computer testing center near you. Computer testing gives immediate test results and flexible time to take the exam.
  • On a computer remotely proctored at your convenience. Remote proctored computer testing gives immediate test results and unparalleled flexibility to take the exam.
  • At a PHTA national, regional, or chapter-sponsored testing event. A list of upcoming events can be found here. You will receive your exam results via email 3 weeks after the exam.
    • Upcoming PHTA Testing Dates:
      • November 13, 2023
        PSP/Deck Expo / Las Vegas, NV
        9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
      • January 24, 2024
        The Pool & Spa Show / Atlantic City, NJ
      • February 16, 2024
        Southwest Pool and Spa Show / San Antonio, TX
      • March 23, 2024
        NESPA Spring Training / Hamilton, NJ

Please contact PHTA at service@phta.org for additional information on the CBP Exam and application process.

Maintain Your Certification

If I hold an Advanced CBP, how do I recertify?
Your certification needs to be renewed every three years and you will apply on the recertification webpage. To recertify, submit your documentation of the 24 hours of continuing education and pay the recertification fee. If you hold a higher-level CBP credential (Advanced, Expert, or Master), your CBP needed for licensure renews along with your higher-level credential.

If I need CBP certificate for my licensing board, will I receive this when I recertify?
Yes! When you recertify, there will be a place to indicate that you need this certification for licensure. If you indicate yes, you will receive your higher-level certificate for your wall/office and a CBP certificate to satisfy licensing requirements.

Learn more about maintaining your status as a PHTA-certified individual and continue to enjoy the associated benefits. To be recertified, you must complete 24 hours of continuing education every three years. The Advanced CBP renewal fee is $300.

Application for recertification is due on or before December 31 of the year your certification expires. Failure to recertify by that time, or by the end of the 90 day grace period (April 1 of the following year), will result in a late fee being applied to your certification. Up to 1 year past your certification expiration, you will need to reapply for certification, submit proof of total continuing education hours, and pay the recertification fee and the late penalty. For questions or clarification, please contact PHTA at service@phta.org or 719-540-9119.

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