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. Copies of the state public bathing regulations can be found here.

Health swimming recommendations from the CDC can be found here.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-4. For preventative measures, you can look here.

"Pools 'Open to the General Public' are those that allow unrestricted admission to the facility during regular hours, with or without a fee. Those that maintain admission restrictions such as membership requirements, or class registration, are still 'Public Bathing Places' according to the definition in the state statutes, but are considered 'Not Open to the General Public.'"

Public Bathing Place Operator Report forms can be found here

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.

For more information regarding Public Bathing Places, please contact the specific Program Coordinator

The OKC-County Health Department offers Public Bathing Place Operator training and certification courses (aka Pool School).

In this course, a Public Bathing Place Operator will learn the following:

  • Public Bathing Place code requirements (state and local)
  • Water quality and water balance
  • Recirculation systems (filters, feeders) and their function andgeneral operation
  • Health and safety topics such as recreational waterborne illnesses, entrapment, drowning prevention, etc.

  • The Operator is responsible for:

  • Proper record keeping
  • Water testing (Those using Taylor test kits can watch instructional demos here.)
  • Safety
  • Observation
  • Maintenance
  • General operation

  • Operator Requirements

    The Pool Operator manual used in our trainings can be downloaded here.

    Each public bathing place facility must be maintained under the supervision and direction of a properly trained operator. The Public Bathing Operator 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 should be able to read and understand English.

    Certifications issued by the Oklahoma City-County Health Department are good for 3 years from the date of issue.

    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 must 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. It is recommended that you call ahead if you have taken a course from a provider not listed below. In addition, your course curriculum must first be submitted by the course instructor to our Public Bathing Place coordinator for approval.

    Operators in Oklahoma County, but not in Oklahoma City or Edmond, will still need current certifications from courses approved by the Department. The Curriculum must be submitted by the course 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.

    Oklahoma State Department of Health

    Tulsa City-County Health Department

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF)

    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 to obtain our certificate if in OKC/Edmond).

    Enrollment and Payment for operator training
    "Pool School"

    Please fill out and submit 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 select >>Pool School "Operator Training"<< in the cart. 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 OCCHD. Class date and/or enrollee name may be changed up to 3 business days in advance of the class. A confirmation of enrollment will be sent to the email address provided on the registration form.

    If there are questions, to check an enrollment, or to make changes, please call (405) 425-4348, or email

    Challenge Testing

    Operators may challenge the test. Call (405) 425-4347, or email, 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. The location of the challenge test varies, and will be provided in a confirmation email sent to the email address provided on the registration form. To register, please fill out the pool school registration form and instead of circling a class date, circle one of the dates listed in the “Challenge Test Dates” section.

    For more information regarding Public Bathing Places, please contact the specific Program Coordinator