After completing this pool technician certification course, you will be able to:
To become certified as a CST (Certified Service Technician®), you must complete the CST course and take the CST Exam. An additional registration form and $115 fee for the CST Exam is required. The CST Exam is 2.5 hours long, open book, with 100 multiple-choice questions. You must score 75% or better to pass (answering at least 75 questions correctly).
|Unit||Number of Questions|
|Unit 1: Safety||4 questions|
|Unit 2: Practical Knowledge||6 questions|
|Unit 3: Water Quality||12 questions|
|Unit 4: Structures and Finishes||7 questions|
|Unit 5: Circulation and Filtration||13 questions|
|Unit 6: Electrical Requirements (includes lighting)||13 questions|
|Unit 7: Pump Motors||10 questions|
|Unit 8: Heaters & Optional Equipment||16 questions|
|Unit 9: Control Systems||5 questions|
|Unit 10: Maintenance||14 questions|
|100 questions total|
Please contact PHTA at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on the CST Exam and application process.
This self-paced online course format is interactive and engaging with videos, quizzes, and exercises.
The CST certification exam costs $115. Candidates must submit a completed application at least 14 days in advance of their testing date.
Test at a PHTA national, regional or chapter-sponsored education and testing event.
Test at an accredited community college or university in your area. You might need to pay an additional exam proctor fee, which could be 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:
“Our industry has changed so much over the last five or 10 years. If you're not constantly getting education, reading and learning more, you won't know the technology. If you want to be a professional, you have to have education.”
– Noel Conley, CSP, CST | Miracle Pool Service | Garland, TX