Certified Builder Professional


The Certified Builder Professional is a nationally recognized designation that will teach you how to become a pool contractor or builder who is well respected and sought after by customers and employees. Earning your Certified Builder Professional (CBP) certification will set you apart from colleagues and raise your industry visibility among manufacturers, distributors, and buying groups, ultimately making you and your organization more competitive.

CBP is the first 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.

Click here to watch a short video overview of the CBP credential.

Prerequisites to Earn the CBP Designation

Exam Information

To become certified as a Certified Builder Professional, you must take and pass the CBP Exam within one year of course completion. An additional registration form and $250 fee for the CBP Exam is required.

The C201: Concrete Pools version of the 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).

La versión del examen CBP C201: Piscinas de Concreto en español tiene una duración de 3 horas, a libro abierto y 100 preguntas de opción múltiple. Debe obtener una puntuación del 75 % o más para aprobar (respondiendo al menos 75 preguntas correctamente).

The C260: Vinyl Liner/Fiberglass Pools version of the CBP Exam is 3 hours long, open book, with 125 multiple-choice questions. You must score 75% or better to pass (answering at least 94 questions correctly).

  • Application
    • For applicants sitting for a particular exam date with remote proctoring and/or at a Prometric testing center near you, the application form must be completed at least five (5) business days in advance of the exam.
    • For applicants sitting for a particular exam date at a PHTA event, the application form must be completed at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the exam. *Space may be limited.*
  • 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.
  • CBP Exam Study Guide: C201 Version: Designed to help you prepare for your certification exam, with key points you need to know from each chapter of the C201: Concrete Pools Manual
  • Guía de Estudio del Examen CBP: C201 Versión en español: Diseñado para ayudarte a prepararte para tu examen de certificación, con puntos clave que necesitas saber de cada capítulo del C201: Manual de Piscinas de Concreto en español.
  • CBP Exam Study Guide: C260 Version: Designed to help you prepare for your certification exam, with key points you need to know from each chapter of the C260: Vinyl Liner/Fiberglass Pools Manual
  • C260: Vinyl Liner/Fiberglass Pools Errata: Supplemental or corrected information contained in the C260: Vinyl Liner/Fiberglass Pools Manual. This information should be inserted and stapled into the manual for the purpose of taking the CBP Exam.

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.

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

Maintain Your Certification

Learn more about maintaining your status as a PHTA-certified individual and continue to enjoy the associated benefits.

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.

From Our Members

“I would say that everyone should take the CBP class. It definitely gives you an advantage when you go to meet with clients or just talk to other professionals because you are aware of different building practices that you might not necessarily use in your own business.  But if someone has a question about a different type of pool construction, you can answer it.”

– Alexa Dal Pino, Master CBP | Dal Pino Quality Pools | Sacramento, CA


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