Designed for those new to the pool industry or working a pool maintenance route, this course takes you through the PHTA Service Tech Manual and gives you what you need to conform to industry standards.
After completing this pool maintenance certification course, you will have:
To become certified as a CMS (Certified Maintenance Specialist®), you must complete the CMS course and take the CMS Exam. An additional registration form and $115 fee for the CMS Exam is required. The CMS Exam is 1.5 hours long, open book, with 75 multiple-choice questions. You must score 75% or better to pass.
|Unit||Number of Questions|
|Unit 1: Safety||7 questions|
|Unit 2: Practical Knowledge||4 questions|
|Unit 3: Water Quality||17 questions|
|Unit 4: Structures and Finishes||3 questions|
|Unit 5: Circulation and Filtration||15 questions|
|Unit 6: Electrical Requirements (includes lighting)||4 questions|
|Unit 7: Heaters & Optional Equipment||6 questions|
|Unit 8: Control Systems||5 questions|
|Unit 9: Maintenance||14 questions|
|75 questions total|
Please contact PHTA at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on the CMS Exam and application process.
This self-paced online format is interactive and engaging with videos, quizzes, and exercises. Those who complete the course will earn 24 CEUs, and are eligible to take the CMS certification exam.
Due to licensing requirements, some states do not require completion of the CMS course, in which case a candidate must still be able to document completion of 24 hours of continuing education (CEU) and pass the CMS exam.
The CMS certification exam costs $115. Candidates must submit a completed application at least 14 days in advance of their anticipated testing date.
Test at a PHTA national, regional or chapter-sponsored education and testing event: Access a list of upcoming events here.
Test at an accredited community college or university in your area. Additional proctoring fees may cost up to $40. Contact your local community colleges and libraries to find your nearest proctored testing center.
Additional responsibilities if you test at a college or university:
We market the fact that we have certified professionals on our team. It gives us a competitive advantage. We explain to customers that, when you're certified, you agree to abide by a strict code of ethics and a higher commitment to customer care. The added confidence wins business.
– Jack Manilla, CBP | Portofino Pools | Jacksonville, FL