Become an Instructor

How to Become a CPO Instructor

PHTA Instructor Assessment School
The PHTA® Instructor Assessment School is designed to verify students’ ability to educate and to provide mentorship to the candidates who wish to become PHTA Instructors. The school, administered by the CPO Instructor Assessment Committee, will prepare students to teach PHTA products and programs.

Application for the Assessment School
To be considered, a candidate must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Hold a CPO® Certification at least 1 year prior to submitting the application
  • Complete the following online course prerequisites listed on the application:
  • Have 3+ years hands-on experience with chemical adjustment, backwashing of filters, water balance, and water testing.
  • Complete the application and submit it to nhood@phta.org.

Applications are reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. Completion of the application and requirements does not guarantee approval into the school.

After Submitting your Application

  1. PHTA will provide you with a confirmation of application receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please let us know!
  2. Within 60 days of application submission, PHTA will inform you of acceptance or denial into the Instructor Assessment School.
  3. Upon acceptance, PHTA will provide you with the procedures to register for the Assessment School. Fees are due at time of registration.
  4. Registration does not launch until 4 months out from the scheduled in-person or virtual course.
  5. Once a candidate is registered, PHTA will send materials to begin preparing for the school.
  6. Eight weeks prior to the school, PHTA will provide teaching assignments for the course.
  7. Upon completion, candidates will receive 24 CEUs.

Upcoming Instructor School Schedule

In-person Instructor School Schedule

Member Registration: $1,500
Non-member Registration: $1,800
October 10-12, 2022
Houston, TX

Virtual Instructor School Schedule

Member Registration: $1,200
Non-member Registration: $1,500
April 11-15, 2022
Class will be held in the evening and candidates will meet on Zoom.

CPO Instructor Assessment Committee

The CPO Instructor Assessment Committee is a committee of PHTA Instructors that act as a resource to PHTA's Education Department. Each Assessment Committee member assists in in-person and virtual instructor trainings. Committee members assess each candidate's performance in teach-backs for assigned chapters, interaction with other candidates, and final examination scores. Recommendations are provided for ongoing assessment practices to enhance the candidates' experience and takeaway from each school.

Natalie Hood
Staff Liaison
Director of Instructor Relations
Pool & Hot Tub Alliance

Fontaine C. Piper
Dean Emeritus
Truman State University

Paul Blake
American Pool Consultants

Connie Sue Centrella
International Education Consultant

Gary Fraser
PHTA CPO Instructor

Abiezer Gonzalez
Kendar Pool Service

Shane Ince
General Manager
Aquatics Information

Wayne Ivusich
Manager of Education & Technical Services
Taylor Technologies, Inc.

Gretchen Julian
Retired, Sr. Director - Auxiliary Operations and Services
Kent State University

Steve Lintz
Head Coach
Sierra Nevada Masters

Julio Limón
JL Consultoría

Kevin Post

Phil Reynolds
PHTA CPO Instructor

Laura M. Suppes, Ph.D.
Public Health and Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Roy Vore, Ph.D.
Vore & Associates

Questions? Contact nhood@phta.org.


Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Strategic Partners:

  • Fluidra
  • Hayward
  • Lou
  • MCC
  • Pentair
  • WatkinsWellness

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