Become a Certified Pool & Spa Service Professional

Earning a highly sought-after swimming pool certification is your ticket to marketing, business and employment opportunities.

The CSP certification shows potential customers as well as potential employers that you have the knowledge and skills that set you apart from the rest. This nationally recognized designation can help you raise confidence among customers, and increase your visibility with pool and spa manufacturers, distributors and buying groups.

Who Should Apply?

Prerequisites include:

  • At least five years of industry experience
  • Holds a current CST Certified Pool & Spa Service Technician PHTA University certification or has 24 hours of continuing education credit over the past three years
  • Pass 150-question, closed book, multiple-choice exam


The CSP certification exam costs $250.

Test Locations

Take advantage of two different ways to test. You can test at an PHTA national, regional or chapter-sponsored education and testing event. Access a list of upcoming events here.

You can also test at a community college or university in your area. Proctored exams have to be taken at an accredited college or university. If you test at a college or university test center, or chapter event, you might have to pay an additional exam proctor fee. Fees vary but typically range from $0 to $40. If you test at a college or university, you are responsible for:

  • Scheduling an appointment for testing.
  • Submitting the application at least two weeks before to your exam date to make sure you receive test materials in time.
  • Providing PHTA University with the name, mailing address and exam date.

PHTA does not maintain a list of testing centers. We rely on local community colleges and libraries that offer their proctoring services to the general public.

Course Materials and Forms

  • Application
    You have to submit a completed application at least two weeks prior to your testing date.
  • Exam Retest Form
    If you didn’t pass the exam, you can still reschedule a retest within a year of your testing date to avoid having to take the course again.
  • PHTA Service Tech Manual
    Many courses include the manual and workbook in the course fee. Before ordering, check with PHTA University to see if the course includes the materials.
  • CST Certified Service Technician Workbook
    Before ordering, check with PHTA University to see if the course includes the materials.
  • Certification Policy Handbook
    Many of the answers to your certification questions can be found in our Certification Policy Handbook.

Maintain Your Certification

Learn more about maintaining your status as a PHTA-certified individual and continue to enjoy the associated benefits.

From Our Members

Mitchell Katz - photo

When I decided to get serious about my family’s pool business, the first thing I did was sign up for the CSP course and exam. Right after that, I went for my CBP. I knew earning these two certifications was important. It was another thing that helped give my clients confidence that they were working with the right company. I also had more confidence when doing the work or explaining to my team how to do the work. We reference the manuals often while training our team.

Mitch Katz, CSP, CBP
ELITE Landscaping Inc.
Poughkeepsie, NY