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Pool Operator Courses

This basic course covers water chemistry, filtration and recirculation; state and local regulations; water-borne diseases; and pool safety and water testing. This one-day course is required for people responsible for operating and managing class C, D and E public swimming pools and spas. Operators and managers of competitive and municipal pools and spas (class A and B) must have a five-year Certified Pool Operators (CPO) certificate. After successfully completing the course, operators are issued a certificate valid for three years.

Course registration fee: $65 per participant. Class is limited to 40 participants. Pre-registration is required.

2019 class schedule

  • March 14
  • March 21 (Spanish)
  • April 4
  • April 18 (Spanish)
  • May 2 – National CPO Class ($275 fee)
  • May 16
  • June 6 (Spanish)
  • June 20

Times: Check-in for all classes begins at 8 a.m. Class and exam are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: 818 Missouri Ave.


Our pool operator instructors are certified by the National Swimming Pool Foundations. Combined, the instructors have a total of 25 years of inspection experience.

Why do you need training?

Swimming pool and spa operators are obligated to provide clean and safe facilities for public use. Accidental drowning is a leading cause of death for children under the age of 5. Diseases can be spread by swimming in unsanitized water. Proper training is essential to the safe operation of a pool.

The City of Fort Worth and some other cities under the Tarrant County Health Department jurisdiction require pool operator training for operators/managers of public pools. This certificate is good for three years and must be posted with the pool permit. This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals working with: apartments/condos, hotels/motels, health clubs and country clubs.

Any pool or spa closed for health and/or safety reasons shall remain closed until a $125 re-inspection fee is paid for each body of water closed.

Class materials

Please bring these items to the class with you:

  • Battery or solar calculator
  • Pen/pencil, notebook/legal pad
  • Pool test kit (DPD titration preferred)
  • Your pool’s dimensions and equipment list.

Mail completed registration form with check to:

Fort Worth Code Compliance Department ATTN: Consumer Health Division 818 Missouri Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104


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Office Location

Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods
818 Missouri Ave.

Phone: 817-392-7255
Fax: 817-392-3713

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