​​​​​​​Our Instructor,  Rudy Stankowitz, is an award winning NSPF® instructor with more than 30 years of swimming pool industry experienceHe has conducted swimming pool related training/technical seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, The Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Asia. Rudy is also a regular columnist for both Pool & Spa News, AQUA, and Swimming World Magazine

Why is your Class Different?"I've been in their shoes (the folks that take my classes): I've maintained swimming pools at Hotels, apartment complexes, and student housing facilities. I've owned and operated a pool service company in the Southeast and have also spent a bit of time in both retail pool supplies and swimming pool equipment manufacturing. I think the fact I have gotten my hands dirty at pool side day in and day out in the rain, cold and heat makes it easier for us to relate to one another - which makes for a more rewarding class for all of us (me included)."

What should someone taking your class expect?"We conduct as much training at pool side as we possibly can, so its not all classroom and powerpoint with us - I think that people learn better that way. Even in the classroom sections we'll conduct a few pool related chemistry experiments instead of just talking about it. I think it's easier to learn when you integrate hands on opportunities and also make the class fun & interesting . Really, I try to be the teacher I always wished I could have had - I think the folks that attend my class deserve that; somebody that gives everything they got."

Why teach the CPO Class?  "Honestly, I love what I do. I've always been certified myself and have always saw the value in the education behind the certification. The CPO Class, itself, focuses on the health & safety of swimming pools - something I deeply believe in. Teaching this class enables me to connect with people and through education, give back to an industry that I thoroughly enjoy being a part of."

  • National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) Instructor - CPO® Instructor
  • National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Instructor - AFO™. Instructor
  • ​The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP®) Instructor - PPSO Instructor
  • Certified Pool Operator® (CPO) - 2000, 2007, 2012, 2014
  • Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO™.) - 2017
  • ​Professional Pool and Spa Operator (PPSO) - 2017
  • Certified Pool/Spa Inspector™ 
  • Certified Aquatic Energy Auditor™.
  • NSPF Distinguished Instructor Award 2015
  • ​NSPF Distinguished Instructor Award 2016
  • ​NSPF Exceptional Instructor Award 2017
  • ​NSPF Milestone Award 2018



Where learning about pools is Fun!




Thomas Race is an 10 year veteran of the swimming pool industry and currently resides  in North Central Florida. His experience includes management positions in both retail swimming pool supplies and swimming pool supply distribution.  Thomas currently serves as President/CEO of a swimming pool service company. Instead of relaxing on the weekends after a long week of brushing & skimming pools, Thomas prefers to swim about the classroom sharing his stories and teaching the National Swimming Pool Foundation® Certified Pool Operator® course. 


  • National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) Instructor
  • Certified Pool Operator®
  • ​2017 Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy Finalist


National Recognition - TheCertified Pool Operator® (CPO®) Certification is a nationally recognized certification program. If an individual relocates to another state, they will not have to re-certify for that state. Exception: South Carolina will require an addendum to the certification exam

Certified pool operator salary – The Salary for a Certified Pool Operator® varies depending upon both geographical location and level of individual experience

Certified pool operator job description – The job description for a Certified Pool Operator® will be dependent upon the needs of the facility or Service Company. At a minimum, one can assume water testing responsibilities; chemical adjustment; and pool cleaning.

Certified pool operator test questions – The Certified Pool Operator® Test Questions are multiple choice. Several questions do involve simple math.

Certified pool operator handbook – The NSPF Pool Operator Handbook™, provided to each CPO® Certification student on day 1 of class, has been designed for professionals who use and maintain aquatic venues. Industry leaders recognize the Handbook as the single most important resource for the recreational water industry. The fee for the Handbook is included in the cost of the class and is the student’s book to keep.

Certified pool operator practice test – Upon registration, the student is supplied a Pool Math Review Quiz designed to familiarize the student with the math skills necessary for the CPO® Certification class.

Certified pool operator test – The Certified Pool Operator® Test is a 60 question open book exam. The test is administered the second half of the second day of class. Student is required to answer 45 questions correctly in order to successfully meet the requirements for Certified Pool Operator® Certification. Student is permitted 2 ½ hours to complete the exam.

Aquatic facility operator – The Aquatic Facility Operator™ (AFO™) Certification is a certification program offered by the National Recreation and Park Association. The Certified Pool Operator® (CPO®) Certification is a Certification program offered by the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®).

Certified pool operator study guide – Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants has both CPO® Certification Class Prep Materials and Videos available on the “About CPO® Certification” page of our website (beneath the course descriptions).

Certified pool operator manual pdf – The Pool Operator Handbook™ is available in print only and may be purchased separately from the CPO® Certification class for those who wish to have additional copies on hand. Contact us for details.

Certified pool operator jobs – Due to State and local Health Department requirements, many aquatic Facilities and/or Swimming Pool Service companies actively seek individuals that have achieved CPO® Certification to fill their employment needs.

Certified pool operator license – Although Operator Certification is required by many State Health Departments for Public Swimming Pool Operation, the CPO® Certification is a certification course and is not a form of licensure. Check with State and/or Local government agencies for licensure requirements.

Certified pool operator expiration – The Certified Pool Operator® (CPO®) is valid for a period of 5 years from date of issue.

Certified pool operator recertification – Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants offers 4 methods of recertification for Pool Operators. Visit the “About CPO® Certification” page of our website for details.

CPO exam retake – If an individual should fail to successfully meet the requirements of the CPO® Certification exam, Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants will allow a 1x retake of the CPO® Certification exam at No Charge if completed within 90 calendar days of the original class date.

Certified pool operator requirement – Both the State of Florida and the State of Georgia require Pool Operator Certification. For specifics regarding the requirements, please view the State Health Department code regarding Swimming Pools and Bathing places for your specific State and/or County.

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Ashley Watson, Executive Assistant, CPO®

Ashley Watson is our Executive Assistant and the "Heart Beat" of Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants. She is a go getter whose customer service skills are bar none. A five year veteran of the swimming pool industry, Ashley has experience both in the office and in the field. 


  • 2014 Certified Pool Operator® (CPO®) 

Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Certification Course

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