In the State of New York, it is required to have a certified pool operator for a public swimming pool (requirements as noted below). CPO Certification in New York is essential.

Section 6-1.21 – Operator and operating records states “6-1.21 Operator and operating records.
(a) Each swimming pool shall be maintained by a pool operator familiar with its equipment. The pool operator shall comply with the regulations in this Subpart and any conditions of the permit.

(b) All pools larger than 3,000 square feet in surface area, or pools disinfected using gas chlorine, shall be maintained by a qualified swimming pool water treatment operator within one year of the effective date of this section [March 30, 1988].

(c) Complete daily operation records shall be kept of the operation of each swimming pool on forms approved or furnished by the State Commissioner of Health. Upon completion, a copy of such records shall be maintained at the facility for 12 months. The permit-issuing official may require submission of reports at periodic intervals.”

Operators must follow state, county, city and local laws as well as federal laws pertaining to the operation and maintenance of pools and spas.

New York State Pool Forms

Operations Record:

Safety Plan:

Code Excerpts

Criteria CPO Certification New York
What is to be recorded TAC, FAC, CAC, pH, Alkalinity, Calcium, Chemicals Added, Bather Load, Clarity, Temperature
Water Testing Frequency Beginning, during & end of hours in operation (3x’s per day)
Chlorine Levels (Min-Max) POOL:  Indoor & Outdoor 0.6-5.0 CH, 1.5-6.0 BR (lithium prohibited)
SPA: Indoor & Outdoor 1.5-5.0 CH, 3.0-6.0 BR (shock weekly)
WADING: Indoor & Outdoor 0.5-5.0 CH, 1.5-6.0 BR (lithium prohibited)
pH Levels (Min-Max) not listed – 8.2 CH, 7.2-7.8 BR
Chlorine Test Kit Requirements DPD replace annually
pH Test Kit Requirements phenol red .2 increments (80-120 ppm alkalinity)
Cyanuric Acid Levels (Min-Max) Prohibited (includes trichlor & dichlor)
Water Clarity 4″ black object test
Turnover Rate POOL: 6 hrs
SPA: 30 minutes
WADING: 2  hrs
Bather Load (per bather) POOL: Shallow 15 sq ft. Deep 25 sq ft, Diving 300 sq ft
SPA: 10 sq ft drain, clean every 2 weeks
WADING: 15 sq ft
Depth Markings POOL: Deck & Pool black line floats
SPA: Deck & Pool
WADING: Deck & Pool
CPO® Required ≥ 3,000sq ft or gas chlorine (check w/local health department)

Class Schedule

Date Location
2024 2024
February 13-14, 2024 Long Island, NY
February 22-23, 2024 New York, NY
February 27-28, 2024 Albany, NY
March 5-6, 2024 Newburgh, NY
March 7-8, 2024 Binghamton, NY
March 9-10, 2024 Long Island, NY
March 19-20, 2024 Syracuse, NY
March 21-22, 2024 Rochester, NY
April 9-10, 2024 Long Island, NY
April 18-19, 2024 New York, NY
April 23-24, 2024 Syracuse, NY
April 25-26, 2024 Rochester, NY
June 11-12, 2024 Long Island, NY
June 11-12, 2024 Syracuse, NY
June 13-14, 2024 Rochester, NY
June 20-21, 2024 New York, NY
October 8-9, 2024 Long Island, NY
October 17-18, 2024 New York, NY
October 22-23, 2024 Albany, NY
October 24-25, 2024 Newburgh, NY

To register by check, print and complete registration form and mail with check to Pool Operation Management, 68 Edwards Road, Brick, NJ 08723. Please make checks payable to Pool Operation Management.

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