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PHTA's Online CPO Program Offers Safe Certification from the Comfort of Home

  • Nov 23, 2020

November 23, 2020

Media Contact:
Janay Rickwalder, CAE
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
703-357-3918 |

PHTA’s Online CPO Program Offers Safe Certification from the Comfort of Home

(Alexandria, Va.) - The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance is proud to be leading education for pool operators by offering an online Certified Pool Operator program. This program, which launched earlier this year, allows pool professionals to safely receive certification from the comfort of their home or office.

The Certified Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) certification program is the world’s leading education and certification program for keeping pools safe and open. Since 1972, more than 400,000 students have received training through this program. CPO certification provides individuals with the knowledge, techniques and skills required for proper pool operations. This course is approved by IACET and is eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

“After the onset of the pandemic, PHTA was able to quickly adapt and transition our CPO certification program online,” said PHTA President and CEO Sabeena Hickman, CAE. “Since pivoting to an online program, we have trained and tested candidates in all 50 states, Washington DC, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and countries across the globe.”

The PHTA CPO certification course has seen a steady 85% passing rate for online testing. The association has administered over 8,500 tests (as of 11/20) via online proctoring through CPO Instructors and through remote proctoring to satisfy stipulations in specific states. 

The program has attracted candidates from every U.S. state and 12 countries, including Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Mexico, Cyprus, South Korea, Antigua West Indies, Taiwan, Thailand, Saint Lucia, Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands. The five states with the most candidates tested are Texas, Colorado, Florida, California and Virginia.

To learn more about the Certified Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) certification program and find a CPO online class, visit

For more information, please contact Janay Rickwalder, PHTA’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at or 703.357.3918.


About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit

Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Strategic Partners:

  • Fluidra
  • Hayward
  • Heritage Pool Supply Group
  • Lou
  • Lyon Financial
  • MCC
  • Pentair
  • Raypak
  • WatkinsWellness

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