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 issued by the Oklahoma City-County Health Department are good for 3 years and expire 6/30. Certificates issued in 2011 expire in 2014.
A certificate issued by the OKC-County Health Department is required in Oklahoma City and Edmond. If you work in one of these municipalities and have received your training elsewhere, you bring your certificate to the health department to obtain a CPO certificate from our office. The cost is $6 and you must show a photo ID. In addition, your .
Operators in Oklahoma County, but not in Oklahoma City or Edmond, will still need current certifications from courses approved by the Public Bathing Place Coordinator. The Curriculum must be submitted by the instructor.
Third party course curricula (courses not held by the department) must be submitted annually, by January 1st for the following year, and when any changes are made. Approved providers for the current year are listed here.
For the National Swimming Pool Foundation Operator Certification Course, contact Don Paddock at 405-789-4210. Those who obtain the national Certification will need to prove knowledge of state requirements before they can be approved as Oklahoma City/County pool operators (and will still need our certificate if in OKC/Edmond).
Times and Dates of Certification Classes in 2015
For a complete list of the 2015 schedule, please click here
April 23rd and May 7th classes are full
Enrollment and Payment for “Pool School”
Please fill out the registration form along with payment of $25.00 per person. We accept cash, checks or money orders.
For credit card users, 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 order number from the online payment confirmation email you receive.
If you’d like to send in a check, please make checks payable to the OKC-County Health Department. Dates and times can be changed. NO ACKNOWLEDGMENT WILL BE SENT.
For questions about 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.
Operators may challenge the test. Call (405) 425-4347 to reserve your appointment. 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. Challenge testing is conducted the first Wednesday of each month, except for Holidays. You must call and reserve your spot at least 48 hours in advance, or you will not be accepted.
Challenge tests begin at 9:00 am. You must be present not later than 9:15 am to be issued a test. To register, please fill out the pool school registration form and, instead of circling a class date, write at the top “Challenge Only” and the date you have selected from the list below.
The following dates are still available:
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. The city licenses expire on June 30th each year. To make a payment for a city license, please access our online payment system here.