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Two district staffers earn perfect scores on pool certification test

(4.18.14) Two Skokie Park District staff recently were cited by the National Swimming Pool Foundation for earning perfect scores on their Certified Pool/Spa Operators course examinations.

Dave Putziger, aquatics supervisor, and park specialist Anthony Szmergalski, both scored 100 percent on their test, putting them in the top 99.5 percent of test-takers internationally. Both men are now designated as certified pool operators (CPO), a training that has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities.​

The CPO program includes pool and spa chemistry, testing, treatment, filtration, maintenance, automatic feeding equipment, and government requirements. The certification is valid for five years.