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As of January 1, 2012, all permitted pools and spas within Washoe County must have at least one individual who has been recognized as a Certified Public Swimming Pool and Spa Operator in order to maintain the permitted status. Any facility that does not meet this requirement will have the permit suspended until a reinspection has been completed with their Public Swimming Pool and Spa Operator present.

To obtain the Public Swimming Pool and Spa Operator Certification, individuals must successfully complete a Certified Pool Operator (CPO) course through the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA). This is the only National certification accepted by Northern Nevada Public Health at this time.

Access the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) website to for additional course information and locations.

Every permitted pool and/or spa facility must conspicuously post the Certified Pool Operator (CPO) certification(s) on site.

There is no limit to the number of facilities that an operator can oversee and the certification is good for five (5) years from receipt of the PHTA certification.

Please contact the NNPH at (775) 328-2434 with any questions or one of the pool and spa program contacts for assistance.

Last modified on 08/15/2023