Class Formats


The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) offers the CPO Certification class in two formats:

The Traditional 2-Day Class

This is the traditional class program and requirement to achieve the CPO Certification. It is 2 full days of classroom time with 14 to 16 hours of instructor contact.   The first day we cover about three-fourths of the material, then finish up in the morning on the second day.   We review right after lunch the second day then start the proctored CPO exam.

The Primer

CPO Certification in only one day of Class

PHTA has the full curriculum online for self-paced learning, called The Primer. It is broken up into 8 sections with a short quiz at the end of each. If completed, this may be used in lieu of attending the first day of the 2-Day class. To receive your CPO Certification, you must attend our second day of the 2-Day class, present your Certificate of Completion from the Primer course and pass the proctored CPO exam.

Our  "HeadStart" Program

The online, self-paced Primer course can also be used as a "HeadStart" or preview of what to expect in the 2-Day class.  Several of our students take advantage of this to get ready for the  2-Day class.  You get the benefit of reviewing the curriculum and study online at your own pace, and you also benefit from the presentation and interaction from the instructor during the 2-Day class.

The Primer online material is available for you to review for six months after you initially login.

Our Class Delivery


Welcome to our Live Virtual Classroom!


We deliver our CPO Certification class 100% live online.  We offer the traditional 2-Day class on consecutive days, and two other date structures: the "Back 2 Back" and the "4 by 4", to accommodate students who cannot give up the time of 2 full working days.



The Traditional - Two Consecutive Days


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This is our most common setup. The two consecutive 8-hour days are Thursday and Friday. The classroom opens at 7:30am and the class starts at 8:00am promptly. There is a break in the morning, an hour lunch and then a break in the afternoon. On Friday, we start the proctored CPO exam at about 1:30pm. We usually dismiss at about 5:00pm. All times are Pacific time.



The Back 2 Back - Two Consecutive Saturdays


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To accommodate students that just cannot get away for two full working days, we offer the CPO Certification class on two consecutive Saturdays, 8 hours each.  The classroom opens at 7:30am and the class starts at 8:00am promptly. There is a break in the morning, an hour lunch and a break in the afternoon.  On the second Saturday, we start the proctored CPO exam at about 1:30pm.  We usually dismiss at about 5:00pm. All times are Pacific time.



The 4 by 4 - Four Consecutive Evenings , Four hours each


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Again, to accommodate students that just cannot get away during the working day, we offer the CPO Certification class on four consecutive evenings, four hours each. The four evenings are Tuesday through Friday. The classroom opens at 3:30pm and the class starts at 4:00pm promptly. The first three evenings we go over the material. On Friday, the fourth evening, we will do a review and then start the proctored CPO exam at about 5:00pm. We usually dismiss at about 8:00pm on all evenings. All times are Pacific time.