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Pool Technician Program            

Important Information:
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To service pools in Los Angeles County, certification as a Los Angeles County Certified Swimming Pool Service Technician is required. To become certified, an individual must pass a one-time examination. A study guide, classes, and resources are available here to assist in preparing for the exam. To maintain the certification, the Technician or Apprentice Technician must pay a yearly renewal fee thereafter. LA County Code requires that anyone who hasn’t paid the renewal fee for two consecutive years must be removed from the certified list. If removed from the list, you must apply again, pay the fee, and pass the examination.

Examination fees are non-refundable and must be taken within one year after payment of the fee. There is a new fee each time the applicant makes a reservation for the exam. Payment is due one week prior to your reserved exam. If the payment isn’t received by the due date, the reserved seat will be offered to those on the waiting list.

Additional Resources:

  • “Basic Training Manual, Part 1, Chemicals”
    Independent Pool and Spa Service Association, Inc. (ipssa)
    P.O. Box 15828
    Long Beach CA 90815-0828
  •  “Continuing Education Series, Pool Chlorination Facts”
    Independent Pool and Spa Service Association, Inc. (ipssa)
    P.O. Box 15828
    Long Beach CA 90815-0828
  • “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Pool Care”
    “Guide to Chlorine”
    “Guide to pH, Alkalinity, Water Testing and Water Balance”
    “Guide to Alternative Sanitizes”
    Service Industry News
    P.O. Box 5829
    San Clemente, CA 92674-5829
    (949) 366-9981
  • “Basic Pool and Spa Technology”
    various other publications
    National Spa & Pool Institute
    2111 Eisenhower Ave.
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    (703) 838-0083
  • “Pool/Spa Operator Handbook”
    National Swimming Pool Foundation
    4775 Granby Circle.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80919
    For information, call (719) 540-9119
  • “Pool Operator’s Manual”
    Washington State Public Health Association
    Other publications available
    National Environmental Health Association
    720 S. Colorado Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80246
    (303) 756-9090

Available Pool Classes:

  • Antelope/Santa Clarita/San Fernando Valleys
    Can travel to your location
    Blue Wave Certification Instruction
    Two Saturday classes
    Instructor: Tom Clark
    (661) 607-7690

  • Advanced Service Technician Course™ (AST® Certification)
    Certified Pool/Spa Operator® Certification Course (CPO®)
    Offered at various times and locations throughout southern California
    National Swimming Pool Foundation
    4775 Granby Circle.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80919
    For information, call (719) 540-9119

  • Los Angeles
    Russ Tucker Pool School
    Instructor: Russ Tucker
    (310) 218-6693
    Two Saturday morning classes

  • Professional Pool and Spa Operator Course (PPSO)
    Offered through The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
    2111 Eisenhower Ave
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    (703) 833-0083

  • Riverside / Anaheim / San Diego
    2 day CPO classes
    Instructor: Steve Donohoe
    (949) 235-5888

  • San Fernando Valley
    Russ Tucker Pool School
    Instructor: Russ Tucker
    (818) 998-7511
    Two Friday evening classes

  • San Gabriel Valley
    National Pool Tech Training
    Instructor: Berry H. Hall
    222 E. Foothill Blvd
    Monrovia, CA 91017
    Two day training course
    (888) 609-0302 or (626) 303-3758

  • South Bay
    Russ Tucker Pool School
    Instructor: Russ Tucker
    (310) 218-6693
    Two Thursday evening classes

  • Sherwood Pool Consulting Group
    2 Day CPO Course, Nationwide
    10401 Venice Blvd, #322
    Los Angeles, CA 90034
    Instructor: Steve Sherwood
    (424) 346-0095 or (424) 307-1995
    Two Thursday evening classes

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