Pool Operator Training - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Pool Operator Training


The Food, Pools, and Lodging Services Section of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recognizes that several certification providers for training pool operators and lifeguards are not holding regularly scheduled courses due to COVID-19-related restrictions. As a result, availability of the required courses is limited.

Minnesota Session Laws 2020, Chapter 74, Article 1, Section 13, signed on April 15, 2020, allows the Commissioner of Health to temporarily delay, waive, or modify Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4717, which governs the requirements for public swimming pools. This modification applies to those individuals whose certification as trained pool operator or lifeguard expires between the effective date of the peacetime emergency (March 13, 2020) specified in Minnesota Session Laws 2020, Chapter 74, Article 1, Section 13, Subdivision 1,and until 60 days after the peacetime emergency is terminated or rescinded by proper authority.

Trained Pool Operator

This modification is effective March 13, 2020, as long as the following conditions are met:

  1. For individuals who are currently certified, obtain the renewal certification within 6 months of the expiration.
  2. For individuals not currently certified, obtain the credential within 2 months of opening the pool.


This modification is effective March 13, 2020. Currently certified lifeguards must obtain their renewal certification within 6 months of expiration.

Public pools in the State of Minnesota are required to have a certified pool operator. They are also required to post the operator's certification. A trained certified operator must successfully complete a recertification course at least once every five years.

The following are links to specific Pool Code that CPOs may find helpful:

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Approved Pool Operator Training Courses

Aquatic Facility Operator Course

National Recreation and
Park Association

22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, VA 20148-4501
Horizon Chemical Company
2125 Energy Park Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Certified Pool Operator Training

Pool & Hot Tub

4775 Granby Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
MC & R Pools & Spas
2409 E. Benson Rd
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Certified Pool Trainers
of Iowa & Minnesota

65910 - 267th Street
St. Alden, MN 56009
Thatcher Pools & Spas
2894 Eastwood Road SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Horizon Pool Supply
4444 Round Lake Road W
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Pisces Pools Inc.
7600 West 27th St., #222
St. Louis Park, MN 55904
Olympic Pools - CPO Training
135 Atwood Street South
Shakopee, MN 55379
952-224-2200, ext. 3
USAquatics, Inc.
124 Bridge Ave. East
Delano, MN 55328
KSL Training
Kimberly Lichtenwalter

Online Only Aquatic Facility and Pool Operator Training

Online courses have the same accreditation as other courses.

Aquatic Training Institute
Starfish Aquatics Institute Aquatech
Updated Friday, 30-Apr-2021 08:00:28 CDT