Become a Professional Pool and Spa Operator

The Professional Pool and Spa Operator (PPSO) certification course is the industry’s new premier program for commercial swimming pool operators, managers, engineers, service company professionals, health officials and facility owners. 

The PPSO is the real solution to the challenges of commercial operation of pools. 

The new course offers two exciting opportunities:

Why Choose the PPSO?

Time and again members note that traditional certification courses offer too much unnecessary information that leaves students confused and unprepared in the real world.

Unlike traditional courses, the PPSO course provides everything commercial operators need and nothing they don’t—setting up commercial operators for success on day 1. The new course focuses on delivering core content around the actual tasks that need to be done to service a pool system:

  • Must-know information about the circulation and filtration system
  • How to interpret and apply state and local codes
  • How to identify and address chemical and physical safety concerns

Who Should Apply?

Commercial swimming pool operators, managers, engineers, service company professionals, health officials and facility owners should apply for the PPSO certification. No experience is required; new employees are eligible.

Get started today: Take or teach the new PPSO course!

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From Our Members


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The PPSO course and manual focuses on the service sector of the commercial market segment. Not only does it meet the ISPSC and MAHC industry guidelines and standards, it opens up a whole new realm of pool and spa opportunities and confidently sets the foundation of core skills needed to service this market.

The online course together with the manual are very well organized and extremely user friendly and the certification itself is another invaluable tool to add to my knowledge tool belt.


Stephen Neville, CBP, CSP, PPSO, PPSO Instructor
Director of Business Development and Aquatic Operations
Stainless Aquatics, A Division of Island Construction Corporation
Del Mar, CA


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