In the State of Maine, a certified pool operator is now required. CPO Certification in Maine is also recommended to run a better swimming facility.

10-144 CMR Chapter 202 State of Maine Rules and Regulations Relating to Public Pools and Spas, Section 3. Maintenance and Operation states “Every public pool or spa must retain a pool supervisor who is fully capable of, and shall assume responsibility for, compliance with all requirements relating to pool operation, maintenance and safety of bathers. This person shall qualify as one of the following: (a) a Certified Pool-Spa Operator® (CPO), certified by the National Swimming Pool Foundation; (b) a Professional Pool and Spa Operator (PPSO), certified by the Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada; or (c) have equivalent training acceptable to the Department. (C)

a.    The pool supervisor is responsible for training the onsite personnel in the basic operation of the pool, including, but not limited to, water testing and record keeping, water clarity, pool rules, hours of operation, eligible patrons, and pool closure procedures.
b.     Only the pool supervisor may handle any sanitizer (chlorine, bromine, etc.).
c.     If the owner is using a pool management service, this service must visit the site at least once per week and is responsible for adding chemicals and training the on-site personnel in Section 3(A)(2). This weekly visit does not replace the requirement for the pool supervisor’s duties within this Section.”

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

CPO Certification Maine State Pool Forms

Code Excerpts

Criteria CPO Certification Maine
What is to be recorded TAC, FAC, CAC, pH, Maintenance Procedures, Chemicals Used
Water Testing Frequency Not specified
Chlorine Levels (Min-Max) POOL: 1.0-3.0 CH, 2.0-4.0 BR
SPA: 2.0- 10.0 CH & BR
pH Levels (Min-Max) 7.2-7.8
Chlorine Test Kit Requirements DPD
pH Test Kit Requirements phenol red
Cyanuric Acid Levels (Min-Max) 10-150 ppm (outdoors only)
Water Clarity Main Drain clearly visible from the deck
Turnover Rate Not specfied
Bather Load (per bather) Not specfied
Depth Markings Deck & Pool, Rope and Floats
CPO® Required Yes

Class Schedule

Date Location
April 23-24, 2024 Portland, ME
June 8-9, 2024 Portland, ME

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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