NATIONAL CHALLENGE EXAM PROGRAM
The Swimming Pool and Spa Association Pool Operator’s Challenge Exam
The Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPSA) offers a proctored challenge exam that allows an individual to obtain a Pool Operator's Certificate for the Northern Virginia area. Thousands of individuals have used the challenge exam to obtain their PO permit to operate a public swimming pool. SPSA ™ was awarded an exclusive 5-year government contract in 2010 to issue the challenge PO exam. Even though it has been more then five years after this program started, SPSA has been allowed to continue this great challenge program.
This certificate is approved by numerous Northern Virginia jurisdictions, which include Fairfax County, Prince William County, the City of Alexandria, Loudoun County, the City of Fredericksburg, Fairfax City, and Falls Church. The PO requirements for these jurisdictions do not require individuals to have completed a course, and no documentation of training is required to challenge the SPSA approved exam.
This is an excellent way to obtain your PO certificate for the very first time, or to renew your previous or expired certification. The challenge exam program comes with a link to a free online PO manual. Upon successful completion of the exam Swimming Pool and Spa Association will issue a three-year Swimming Pool Operator’s certificate.
Advance registration and payment is necessary to take the exam. The exam is a timed 50-question multiple- choice test that candidates may take up to one hour to complete. Candidates must pass with a grade of 80 or higher in order to get their PO certificate. The exam is offered only in English, and it is to be taken closed book, with no access or reference to student notes, manuals or language dictionaries. Test candidates will be made aware that the examination may be video taped at all times. It will be necessary to bring proper proof of ID such as a driver's license, school ID, passport, or similar photo ID, and candidates must be 16 years of age or older to take the exam.
The cost of the exam and the three-year permit is $75.00. Upon successful completion of the exam, candidates will receive a temporary PO certificate by email the very same day, and their results will be listed online with the Universal Certificate site at http://www.universalcertification.org, so employers and health departments may verify the validity of the certification. In addition, a waterproof wallet size certification card will be promptly mailed to the individual. If he or she fails the exam the candidate may retake the exam after waiting 24 hours. The cost for the retake will be an additional $75.00.
Jewish Community Center
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA, 22031
Testing sessions will each have seating for up to 20 candidates. Please note we ask that you not call the JCC
Testing from September 2017 through end of April 2018
Every third Saturday at 10 a.m.
Testing Hours for May and June 2018
Every Saturday at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.
Testing hours from July through end of August 2018
Every Saturday at 10 a.m.
In addition to the above location, the Swimming Pool and Spa Association offers the ability to send a proctor out to your facility or location for groups of 10 or more to take the challenge exam.
We also can offer the challenge exam at over 3,000 professional business centers across 900 cities in 125 countries worldwide for group testing. Groups will need to contact us, so we may make the necessary special arrangements.
For further information we ask that you visit www.poolandspaassociation.org. If you have any questions or need any further assistance, we ask that you email us at with the “Contact Us” on this page. Normally, emails are replied to within minutes, but we ask that you allow up to 24 hours for our response.
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