certification

Maintain Your Certification

With the exception of the CPO certification, all PHTA certifications* are valid for three years from the end of the month of issuance. For example, certifications issued on March 2, 2018, will expire March 31, 2021. CPO certifications are valid for five years from the end of the month of issuance. For example, certifications issued on March 2, 2018, will expire March 31, 2023.

CPO Recertification

For any Certified Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) candidate that needs to recertify or wishes to enroll in the CPO Program, you have a few options.

  1. Holding an active certification but expiration is approaching?
  • Candidates can purchase the CPO Fusion course from an instructor, then schedule the second day where the exam is administered at the end of the day.
  • Candidates can register with an instructor to attend the second day of a CPO course, where you will take part in the review of the first day, go over jurisdiction updates, question-and-answer portion, followed by the exam.
  1. Expired or wish to take the CPO Certification Program?
  • Candidates can register for a 2-day CPO Course with an instructor—in-person or two-day virtual. Please check your local jurisdiction for approval regarding the virtual delivery option.
  • Candidates can register for the hybrid option with an instructor—CPO Fusion course accompanied by the second-day in-person or virtual delivery.

CBP, CMS, CST, CHTT, CRP Recertification

In order to maintain your status as an PHTA-certified individual and enjoy the associated benefits, prior to your certification’s expiration date, you must submit a completed recertification application along with documentation of 24 hours of continuing education credits (CEUs). All courses that are industry- and/or business-related qualify. To document your CEUs, you will need to keep all certificates that are issued from the course organizer.

A certificate of completion is sufficient, provided that it contains the following information:

  • Course name
  • Date(s) of attendance
  • Sponsoring organization
  • Hours of training
  • Individual’s name

If a certificate is not issued as part of the course, please request that information, in writing, from the course registrar; an email is sufficient.

Please note: All CEU documentation must be submitted with the recertification application. PHTA does not keep track of courses attended by certified individuals; it is your responsibility to maintain these records. CEUs submitted outside of the recertification application will be destroyed.

How to Apply for Recertification

Applying for recertification for your PHTA designation takes just four simple steps!

  1. Download and complete the appropriate recertification form for Professional-Level Designations (CBP/CSP) and for Pre-Professional Designations (CMS/CST/CHTT). For information on CRP for Retail Professionals, email certification@phta.org.
  2. Provide documentation to show 24 continuing education hours have been acquired.
  3. Submit these items with the recertification fee.
  4. Receive a certificate for an additional three years. (Note: Applications received without all 24 continuing education hours will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted.)

Failure to Renew or Submit CEUs

A letter will be sent (either via email or mail to the contact information on file for the individual) by Sept. 1 of the year of certification expiration to remind them of their upcoming renewal. It is the individual’s responsibility to keep all contact information current. If you move or change jobs, please notify the PHTA by email at certification@phta.org.

You are given a 90-day grace period to renew your certification after your expiration date. By March 1 of the year following the certification expiration, a final notice will be sent, stating that if the individual does not submit a completed recertification application, including documentation of CEUs, their certification will be terminated. If you do not submit your documents within the grace period, you will need to reapply for certification, submit proof of 24 CEUs/retake a course and sit for the certification exam. For questions or clarification, please contact PHTA.

 

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