2022 Certified Pool Operator Course (CPO)


December 6-7, 2022

Class is Postponed - More info to follow soon!

Plymouth Meeting, PA

Fee: $350/PRPS Member; $375/Non-member


CPO (Certified Pool Operator) certification provides individuals with the knowledge, techniques, and skills required for proper pool operations. It is the world’s leading education and certification program for keeping pools safer. Over 400,000 students have been trained since 1972. CPO's have the training to identify and address potential issues and hazards before they become a problem and liability.  they also receive the support necessary to keep up with changes in national, state and local bathing laws.


The course is 16 hours over two days and will cover the following:

  • Reducing risks in and around water
  • Preventing drowning, recreational water illness, suction entrapment, evisceration, diving accidents, electrocutions, chemical hazards, and slip and falls
  • Addressing regulatory guidelines
  • Maintaining disinfection and water balance
  • Managing water issues
  • Preforming troubleshooting, chemical testing, and record keeping
  • Managing chemical feed
  • Utilizing automation and technology

The course will cover information from the Pool & Spa Operator Handbook and local codes. The book is provided with registration. In addition, there will be a test on day two of the course. Completion of both days, as well as passing the test, will earn the participant certification as a CPO. The CPO certification is valid for five years from completion.

Note-if you need to renew your current CPO certification (it has not expired yet), you can register for this course and sit in on day two of the class and complete the exam. If your certification has expired, you will need to complete both days, as well as the exam.

Instructor: Jeremy Mortorff

Jeremy Mortorff is a Certified Pool Operator Instructor through the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA). He has over a decades worth of experience in aquatics, working with both indoor and outdoor pools. He has worked diligently as a pool operator to maintain the highest operating and safety standards, all while ensuring fiscal solvency. Jeremy is a CPO, CPRP, and a Lifeguard Instructor through the American Red Cross. Jeremy is a regular contributor to the Dig It! Blog for the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society and regularly teaches lifeguard training courses.

2023 Swimming Pool courses spring dates and locations coming soon!

Pesticides are important tools for controlling organisms that can harm our pools. As with any tool, their misuse can pose a threat to human health and environmental quality. It’s important to knowhow to properly treat our pools, store and handle all chemicals not only to keep our pools safe, but ourselves and others around us.

Swimming Pool Management 101

Course Fee: $165.00 member $185.00 Non-members. Price includes credits (6 core and 4 Cat. 24), full day workshop, Core and Category 24 Manuals, support materials and professional instructors. Exams (Optional) Cat. 24 $15.00; Core $60.00

Swimming Pool Management 101 is an in-depth pool management course for individuals not currently certified, who are preparing to take the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Core and Category 24 (Swimming Pools) pesticide applicator exams.  Books and study guides are included in the registration fee. Please note that both the Core and Category Exams are closed book. For more information on the Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification Credits, visit The Department of Agriculture in your Region at

Exam Information

The Core and Category 24 exams are CLOSED BOOK!
The Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam will be administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.  The test is two parts; the Core exam and the Category 24 (Swimming Pools). An individual must pass these two exams (the Core and at least one Category) within 180 days of one another for certification. Exams are scheduled for the following day at each location.  Participants can choose to take the exam then or take them later at a Regional PA Department of Agriculture testing location.  Participants can register for the exams along with the course or explore other testing sites here.


Swimming Pool Re-certification Class

The Swimming Pool Re-certification Course is for individuals who currently hold a pesticide applicators license, and seek renewal credits to maintain their certification.  all three courses will get you recertified before the September deadline. This class offers 6 Core (morning session) and 4 Category 24 (afternoon session) pesticide applicator credits. 

Course Fee: $80.00 member; $95.00 Non member. Price includes credits( 6 core and 4 Cat. 24), full day workshop, support materials and professional instruction.