We offer an Online PO Challenge Course to become a Certified Pool Operator that you can complete on your own time at home or work. The program allows your parent, legal guardian or employer to proctor the online exam. Proper photo ID of both the student and proctor is required to be sent at the time of the final examination. The SPSA PO certification will be valid for three years from the date issued. Please see below for additional information regarding how the program works.
Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPSA) offers an approved challenge course that was developed directly by health departments in accordance with the American Psychological Association Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. In addition, it is sanctioned by the Swimming Pool and Spa Association which is a nationally recognized swimming pool operators training organization.
Upon registration, you will receive your online study materials so you can start the program right away.
The final proctored exam is a timed 50-question multiple-choice test that candidates may take up to one hour to complete. Either your parent or employer must proctor it. Once you have completed the online exam, the proctor must immediately send us an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org from their email account. We will need their name, name of tester, relationship to the tester, home, or business address, phone number along with a copy of the student’s ID, and the proctor’s ID. Candidates must pass with a grade of 80 or higher to receive their PO certificate. The exam is offered only in English, and it is to be taken closed book, with no access or reference to student notes, manuals, or language dictionaries. Proper proof of ID such as a driver's license, school ID, passport, or similar photo ID is required, and candidates must be 16 years of age or older to take the exam.
The student will instantaneously receive the graded PO exam results by email. Successful candidates will have a copy of their actual Swimming Pool Operator’s certification emailed to them the very same day. This certification may be used as your temporary certification. In addition, a waterproof wallet certification card will be mailed out to them the next mailing day. As with all our certifications, you may go online to the Universal Certificate site at http://www.universalcertification.org and verify the validity.
Before starting the exam, you must read and agree to the terms. When you are ready to take the exam, we ask that you use the sign-in link that will be emailed to you along with the password that will be given to you once you have registered here. Access to the online program and exam is available 24/7 through the internet. You need an 80% or higher score to pass. However, it will allow you to retake in case you failed at no additional cost. If he or she fails the exam, the candidate may retake the exam after waiting 24 hours. Once you pass, you will instantly receive detailed results of your exam along with any questions you got wrong with the correct answers.
In addition, your employer may obtain an authorized provider agreement with SPSA to provide the program for their staff at a discounted price. Because of this, you may want to check with your employer to see if this option is available to you before you register with us. For further information regarding this opportunity have your employer contact us at email@example.com.
Upon successful completion of the final exam a three-year Swimming Pool Operator's certificate will be issued by Swimming Pool and Spa Association.
The SPSA Challenge Course was developed with direct involvement of health departments to allow individuals to challenge the outcomes of the course. In accordance with current codes and regulations, individuals who have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes on the subjects listed below may demonstrate that achievement by taking and passing the SPSA challenge examination. This exam meets the American Psychological Association Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing requirements per codes.
Preparation for the examination involves reviewing the following topics listed below.
Water Disinfection, Process of Water Disinfection, Disinfectant Types and Dosing, Bromine Use and Disinfection Process, Chlorine Use and Disinfection Process, Cyanuric Acid and Stabilized Chlorine Use, How to Achieve Breakpoint/Super-Chlorination, Hyper chlorination and Procedures, Combined Chlorine and DBPs, Secondary Disinfection - Ozone and UV Light, Water Disinfection Other, Water Chemistry, Water Balance and Contributing Factors, Water Clarity, Importance, Factors that Affect, pH - Effects of High/Low on Bathers and Equipment, pH - Ideal Range, Factors that Affect Level, pH - How to Increase and Decrease Level, Total Alkalinity - Effects of High/Low Levels, Total Alkalinity - Ideal Range, Factors that Affect Level, Total Alkalinity - How to Increase and Decrease Level, Calcium Hardness - Effects of High/Low Levels, Calcium Hardness - Ideal Range, Factors that Affect Level, Calcium Hardness - How to Increase and Decrease Level, Temperature - Effect on Disinfection, Health Effects, Total Dissolved Solids, Effects, Water Treatment Systems - Types, Water Treatment Systems - Operation, Water Testing Procedures, Water Testing Frequency, Calculation, Combined Chlorine, Water Chemistry Other, Mechanical Systems, Calculations, Conversions, Surface Area, Volume, Circulation, Importance, Factors that Affect, Calculations, Turnover, Flow Rates, Circulation System, Components, Troubleshooting, Flow Meters, Location, How to Read, Main Drains, Importance of Daily Inspection, Gutters and Surface Skimmers, Mechanical System Balance, Circulation Pump, Components, Troubleshooting, Return Inlets, Filtration, Importance, Factors that Affect, Types of Filter Media, Pressure Gauges, Location, How to Read, Filter Types, Operation, Maintenance, Filtration System, Troubleshooting, Filter Backwashing/Cleaning, When, Steps, Health and Safety Recreational Water Illnesses, Causes, Prevention, How Water Can Become a Source of Illness, The Role of the Operator in Reducing Risk, Methods of Control, Including Chemical Levels, Fecal, Vomit, Blood Contamination Response, Record Keeping: What, Frequency, Accuracy, Chemical Safety, Product Labels, Use of PPE, Entrapment Prevention, VGBPSSA, Electrical Safety, Preventing Electrical Shock, Rescue Equipment, Purpose, Use, Injury Prevention, Drowning Causes and Prevention, Signage and Depth Markings, Barriers, Facility Sanitation, Operations, Relationship with Regulating Agencies, What to Expect at Time of Regulatory Inspection, Demonstration of Knowledge by Operator, Daily or Routine Operations Checklist, Spa and Therapy Pool Operational Concerns, and Imminent Health Hazards or Self-Closures
If you have any questions or need any additional assistance, we ask that you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Normally, emails are replied to within minutes 24/7. If you do not see our response, we suggest checking your spam folder for sometimes it gets filtered there by mistake. Otherwise, to register for the challenge exam, we ask that you select the “ADD TO CART" option at the top of the page, which will allow you to register and pay online at this time with any major credit card.
Select “ADD TO CART" at the top of the page to begin the program.
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We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all our national certification and lifeguard recertification programs. You need only to email us at email@example.com within 30 days of your registration, and a full refund will be issued the very same day. You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold our processors and us harmless from and against any claims that arise out of or relates to your training.