The OKC-County Health Department offers Public Bathing Place Operator training and certification courses (aka Pool School).
In this course, a Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO) will learn the following:
- Public Bathing Place code requirements
- Water quality and water balance
- Recirculation systems (filters, feeders)
- Health and safety topics such as recreational waterborne illnesses, entrapment, drowning prevention, etc.
What is a CPO?
The CPO is responsible for:
- Proper record keeping
- Water testing
- General operation
Each public bathing place facility must be maintained under the supervision and direction of a properly trained operator. The CPO must be a full-time supervisory employee at each facility. Many times, a facility needs more than one operator to cover the facility for weekends, vacation, illness, etc. For safety reasons, operators must be able to read and understand English.
Certifications are for 3 years and expire 6/30. Certificates issued in 2011 expire in 2014.
Times and Dates of Certification Classes in 2014
Please note: The May 15th class date is full and registration has been closed.
For a complete list of the 2014 schedule, please click here.
April 1, 10, 15
May 15, 20
June 3, 17
July 10, 24
August 5, 14
The following classes will be held if there are enough enrollments. Please call to confirm:
Enrollment and Payment for “Pool School”
Please fill out the registration form along with payment of $25.00 per person (NONREFUNDABLE). We accept credit card and check payments.
You are welcome to use our online payment system. Please be sure to enter $25.00 per person enrolling in the “Payment amount” box. After paying online, download a registration form, fill it out, and fax it to (405) 419-4227 along with your receipt from the online payment.
If you’d like to send in a check, please make checks payable to the OKC-County Health Department. No refunds. Dates and times can be changed. NO ACKNOWLEDGMENT WILL BE SENT.
For questions about license refunds, please see our Refund Policy for License Fees page.
If there are questions, to check an enrollment, or to make changes, please call (405) 425-4347.
Dates and names can be changed. No acknowledgement will be sent. No refunds.
Operators may challenge the test. Call (405) 425-4347 to schedule the test. The $25.00 fee includes the manual and is payable at the time of testing. We do not recommend that new operators challenge the test.
Public Bathing Places
Each Public Bathing Place (PBP) must have a license issued by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. These licenses are $50.00 and payable to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Oklahoma City and Edmond have passed city ordinances that require each PBP to have a city PBP license. These licenses are issued by the OKC-County Health Department. The fee is $50.00 per year and $25.00 for a half year. The city licenses expire on June 30th each year. To make a payment for a city license, please access our online payment system here.
For more information regarding Public Bathing Places, please contact Coordinator Suzie Campbell at Susan_Campbell@occhd.org, or give her a call at (405) 425-4326.