Certified Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®) Courses


The National Swimming Pool Foundation’s CPO® Course is internationally recognized and provides foundational training for anyone involved with swimming pools and spas. Maintenance, staff and management; engineers; commercial pool owners; Health Department staff and management; retail staff – literally everyone involved, in any capacity, with swimming pool/spa operation, can benefit from this concentrated training. Upon successful completion of the course and passing the examination, graduates are registered as NSPF Certified Pool/Spa Operators® and are entitled to substantial benefits, some of which are:

  • 16 APSP Certification credit hours,
  • 1.8 Continuing Education
  • Units (CEU), and the right to display and advertise the CPO® designation.


The National Swimming Pool Foundation’s requires CPO® Certification to be completed either by attending a 2-day in-person classroom course or by completing a blended format which requires completion of the online Pool Operator Primer™ and a one day in-person classroom Pool Operator Fusion™ course.  Both options require an open book written examination.

FPSIE Tuition Options:

Tuition: $225 per person – Pool Operator Primer

Tuition: $164 per person – Pool Operator Fusion (Requires Pool Operator Primer Certificate of Completion)

Tuition: $289 per person – CPO® Re-certification ( Current CPO® Certification must not be expired)

Tuition: $389  per person – Choose between 2-Day Classroom or Online/Classroom Blended Training

  1. 2-Day Classroom CPO® Certification Course
  2. CPO® Certification Blended Training – Pool Operator Primer plus Pool Operator Fusion

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Training Course Schedule


Registration In Advance Is Preferred 

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    • Hi Vickie,
      At this time we have scheduled CPO courses in Clovis on September 30 to October 2 and in Sacramento on December 2 to December 4. However, if you know of several others in your area who would also like to take the CPO course (We would need at least 10 students to hold a class) we can schedule a class in a location of your choosing. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at (916) 922-8895 or by e-mail at info@fpsie.org.

  1. Is there still going to be a CPO course held December 2-4? I noticed that the online registration is not active. When will the course be open for registration?

    • Hello,

      I apologize for the delay. Yes, we will be conducting a CPO course December 2-4. We are having trouble loading it to our website but our IT Administrator is working on it. If you’d like to register, please call the office at (916) 922-8895 and we can take your registration over the phone.

      Carole Dittmer
      FPSIE, Inc.

  2. I am a licensed contractor with 33 years in the pool industry. I am an expert at installing variable speed pumps and setting them up to guidelines established for energy conservation. When will a CPO course be taught in Orange County so I can start receiving my contractor rebates again?

    • Hi James,

      We are working on our schedule and have not set another date yet. I believe that we will have another one the 1st or 2nd week of May. I will add you to our CPO follow-up list and email you as soon as we’ve set the date.

      Thank you for inquiring.

      Carole Dittmer
      FPSIE, Inc.

  3. Hi,

    Do you have another CPO class planned in Sacramento before the December class? Within the next few months?


    • Hi Hoa,
      Yes, we are in the process of planning several CPO courses before December. In the meantime, we can help you get started on obtaining your certification. Please contact us at (916) 922-8895 and we can give you more details regarding the options available to obtain your CPO certification.

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