PHTA is offering the CST course in-person at PSP/Deck Expo this fall. Learn more and register here.
After completing this pool technician certification course, you will be able to:
This on-demand, self-paced, online course format is interactive and engaging with videos, quizzes, and exercises.
Attend a live in-person or virtual CST course with fellow students, led by a PHTA Instructor.
Unable to find a live course in your area? Contact email@example.com to be put in touch with an instructor.
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|
Candidates must submit a completed application at least 14 days in advance of their anticipated testing date.
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. You will be responsible for scheduling an appointment for testing. You will need to provide PHTA with your name, mailing address, and exam date.
Please contact PHTA at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on the CST Exam and application process.
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 719-540-9119.
“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