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.
All other PHTA certifications (CMS, CST, CSP, CPI, CHTT, CRP, and Certified Pool Builder & Design Professionals) are valid for three years, ending on December 31 of the third year. For example, certifications issued in August 2020 will expire December 31, 2023. This new recertification policy went into effect in July 2021. If you have any questions about your recertification date, please email email@example.com.
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.
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:
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.
Applying for recertification for your PHTA designation takes just four simple steps!
A letter will be sent (either via email or mail to the contact information on file for the individual) by September 1 of the year of certification expiration to remind you of your 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 703-838-0083 ext. 144.