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Certified Pool Operator

Established by the National Swimming Pool Foundation, the CPO course is designed to provide the knowledge necessary to safely and efficiently manage and operate swimming pools and spas. Upon completion of this course, the student must demonstrate knowledge of the topics covered in the CPO course, outlined below, by successfully answering 75% of the questions on the NSPF written CPO certification exam.

Instructor: Richard Drolshagen is the owner of Perfect Pools, a nationally accredited, fully licensed and insured company that has been in the pool service business for over 15 years. He is an active member in the National Swimming Pool Foundation, Port Orange Chamber of Commerce and Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. Richard currently holds certifications as a Certified Pool Operator, Instructor and Inspector.

Florida Administrative Code 64E-9.018 states: An individual who services a public pool by maintaining the cleanliness, water quality and chemical balance of public pools shall be certified.  To be certified an individual must demonstrate knowledge of public pools.  To ensure that the pool technicians are knowledgeable, said technician shall attend a trainig course of national recognition that is approved by the department of at least 16 hours in length and shall pass a test acceptable to the department.

Topics covered include:

Water Chemistry

  • Pool Water Contamination
  • Disinfection / Water Balance 
  • Chemical Feed and Control
  • Chemical Testing
  • Calculations / Record Keeping

Filtration - Circulation

  • Water Circulation
  • Pool & Spa Filtration
  • Spa & Therapy Operations


  • Maintenance Systems
  • Pool & Spa Management
  • Chemical Feed & Control
  • Heating & Air Circulation
  • Disinfection /   Water Balance

Operations and Safety

  • Facility Safety
  • Spa & Therapy Operations


  • Essential Calculations
  • Pool and Spa Water Problems
  • Disinfection / Water Balance
  • Water Circulation
  • Pool and Spa Filtration

Spa/Hot Tub

  • Spa and Therapy Operations
  • Disinfection / Water Balance
  • Pool and Spa Water Problems
  • Maintenance Systems

Health Code

  • Regulations and Guidelines


Dates: July 28, 29, 30 and August 1, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday and 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Saturday
Location: Daytona State College, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114, Building 110, room 249 
Fee: $295 (includes textbooks)
Text Books:The CPO Handbook and Pool Math Workbook must be reviewed prior to taking the class. Please arrange to pick up your textbooks at the college or request mailing to your address. 
Bring to class: Please bring a valid photo ID,  textbooks, a calculator, highlighter marker, pad of paper and pen. 
Registration: (Pre-payment is required)

  • By phone: We accept AMEX, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover
  • By mail:mail your check (payable to Daytona State College and including your driver license number), or company purchase order to:
    Daytona State College
    The Center for Business & Industry
    P.O. Box 2811
    Daytona Beach, FL, 32120-2811
  • In person: stop by the Center for Business & Industry office located at: 1200 W. Int’l. Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL, Bldg. 110, Rm. 236

To register or for more information call 386-506-4224 or email Joanne Parker.

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Last updated: 2016-03-10T19:44:02.14Z