Pool Operator Training
Public swimming pools were closed per Executive Order 20-04 on March 17, 2020, with the exception of therapy pools. Once the Executive Order restrictions are lifted, public pools will want to open for business as soon as possible.
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.
Emergency Executive Order 20-32, issued on April 8, 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) declared in Executive Order 20-01 and until 30 days after the termination of the peacetime emergency.
Trained Pool Operator
This modification is effective March 13, 2020, as long as the following conditions are met:
- For individuals who are currently certified, obtain the renewal certification within 6 months of the expiration.
- 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:
- 4717.0650 POOL OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE;
- 4717.1450 LIFEGUARD STATIONS AND LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT
- 4717.3970 POOL CLOSURE
Warning Signs Required:
- 4717.1050 NO LIFEGUARD WARNING SIGN
- 4717.1250 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE LOCATION
- 4717.1350 POOL FACILITY CAPACITY
- 4717.1650 USER SANITATION AND SAFETY
Approved Pool Operator Training Courses
Aquatic Facility Operator Course
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, VA 20148-4501
|Horizon Chemical Company
2125 Energy Park Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Certified Pool Operator Training
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
124 Bridge Ave. East
Delano, MN 55328
Online Only Aquatic Facility and Pool Operator Training
Online courses have the same accreditation as other courses.
|Aquatic Training Institute
|Human Kinetics Aquatic