CMS Certification: What it is and How to Get One

In the aquatics industry, there are several certifications that help members take their careers to the next level. Those in the maintenance sector should explore how to get a CMS certification to earn a name for themselves in the pool industry as an especially knowledgeable specialist.  

What Is a CMS Certification?

CMS stands for Certified Pool and Spa Maintenance Specialist. This certification is awarded to professionals who received advanced training in safety, pool circulation and filtration, pool maintenance, and water quality.  

Why Should Maintenance Specialists Get a CMS Certification?

The main role of a maintenance specialist is to troubleshoot a range of pool and hot tub problems, including mechanical complications, cleaning procedures and water issues. By pursuing a CMS certification, those in the maintenance field will enhance their understanding of water quality, filtration, pool circulation, electrical systems, pool structures and much more. Ultimately, you will have the knowledge and expertise needed to provide clients with the best service. 

How to Get a CMS Certification

Wondering how to get a CMS certification? If you’re ready to get started, the good news is there’s no industry experience required! There are a few steps you should take to become a Certified Pool & Spa Maintenance Specialist.  

  1. Enroll in the Certified Maintenance Specialist Complete Course: This course includes engaging videos, quizzes and exercises that you will complete. Many PHTA member companies offer CMS certification to their employees, so don’t let the cost deter you from exploring your passion.  

  1. Pass the CMS exam with a score of 75% or better: The test is 75 multiple-choice questions, open book format, and takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.  

Once all CMS certification requirements are complete, you will become a Certified Pool & Spa Maintenance Specialist! This certification is valid for three years with a renewal process to maintain the certification. The completed recertification application and documentation of 24 hours of continuing education credits need to be submitted before December 31 of the expiration year. 

As one of many professional development resources available to those in the aquatics industry, the CMS course provides maintenance workers with the information and knowledge to grow their careers and set them on the course for success.  

Make waves in your career and enroll in the CMS program now!