From Pool and spa operator certification programs to the latest industry standards, Spear Corporation is committed to keeping our staff and clients informed about the latest pool industry regulations.

 What is the Certified Pool/Spa Operator® Certification Program

CPO® certification courses are designed to provide individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. The Certified Pool/Spa Operator® certification program has delivered more training than any other program in the pool and spa industry since 1972, resulting in more than 342,623 successful CPO® certifications in 86 countries. Many state and local health departments accept the CPO® certification program. Instructors receive comprehensive training and certification to teach the CPO® certification program. These instructors represent every segment in the aquatics industry including operators, health officials, service professionals, builders, manufacturers, property managers, retailers, and academicians. This training has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities.

Course Benefits

  • Proven educational tool
  • Widely accepted by local and state authorities
  • Covers topics necessary for pool operators including a section for local and state codes
  • Comprehensive handbook that is updated regularly
  • All courses are taught by NSPF® certified instructors
  • The CPO® certification is recognized nationally and internationally
  • Gives participants a better understanding of the operator’s role in pool care, management and risk reduction



$375.00 per person which includes Instructional material, NSPF certification fee and course expenses and 1 CPO  handbook (plus tax, if applicable). All books will be shipped. Late registrations will pick up book at the class. Must register 10 business days before class for books to be shipped. Please bring a handheld calculator with you to the course. It would be a benefit to you to review the CPO handbook prior to the course. Attendance to all sessions is mandatory to qualify to take the CPO exam. Spear Corporation reserves the right to cancel the course if necessary with full refund.

    • If you are unable to attend the course you registered for, you must notify us three weeks before the first day of the class to get a full refund.
  • Cancellations within 3 weeks of the first day of class will be charged a $50.00 cancellation fee.

CPO Course Schedule

2024 CPO Dates


July 10-11, 2024 – CPO Two Day Traditional Classroom CPO Course at McLean County Unit District No. 5  Normal, IL

July 17-18, 2024 – CPO Two Day Traditional Classroom CPO Course at DePaul University Chicago, IL

August 7-8, 2024 – CPO Two Day Traditional Classroom CPO Course at Spear Corporation – Roachdale, IN.

October 2-3, 2024 – CPO Two Day Traditional Classroom CPO Course at Spear Corporation – Roachdale, IN.


The course is $375.00 per person and includes Instructional material, PHTA certification fee, course expenses and 1 CPO  handbook (plus tax, if applicable).

Registration time 8:00-8:30, first day of class 8:30 – 5:00 pm, second day of class 8:30 – 4:00 pm. These times are approximate.

Call us to register. You may also email Jennifer for information at

ADA Standards

Spear Corporation is currently scheduling site visits to evaluate what is needed to bring your facility into compliance with the new ADA Regulations. Please contact us at 800-642-6640 or to schedule your site visit.

To download the ADA regulations, click here.

Virginia Graeme Baker Act

Spear Corporation is currently scheduling field audits to check for facility compliance.Please contact us at 800-642-6640 to schedule your audit. VGBA proposal for service sample Spear Corporation is currently compiling a stock of approved grate assemblies in order to assist you with the new requirements. Please contact us at 800-642-6640 for additional assistance.

VGB UPDATE (2/19/09)Frequently Asked QuestionsCPSC Rationale and Codes

CPSC Summary US Consumer Product Safety Commission Response Letter December 15, 2008

Where can I get more information? The following websites have additional information that may be useful: