- Low unemployment rate in the US
- Increase in cost due to shortage of talent
- Adequate skills and knowledge
An individual who services a commercial pools by maintaining the cleanliness, water quality and chemical balance of commercial pools should be certified. To be certified, an individual must demonstrate knowledge of commercial pools. Examples of such knowledge include: pool cleaning, general pool maintenance, make-up water supply, bacteriological, chemical and physical quality of water and water purification, testing, treatment, and disinfection procedures. To ensure that pool technicians are knowledgeable, said technicians should attend a training course of national recognition of at least 16 hours in length and should pass a written test to validate this knowledge.
Of particular concern is bacteriological knowledge, and the CDC release guidance on COVID-19 (CoronaVirus) and water transmission. There are potentially many other pathogens that can enter recreational water such as: Bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, parasites, and prions. CDC advises, “Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection of Pools and Spas should remove or inactivate the virus.”
The Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Course provides knowledge and training for proper operation, maintenance and disinfection of pools and spas.