Founded in Jacksonville, FL in 2005, Portofino University provides certification courses and training for commercial and residential aquatic facility managers, technicians, contractors and owners. It includes one-on-one technical consulting as well as group training.


Portofino University:

The Clear Choice


Jump Start Your Career

We offer professional certifications for every career level

Entry to Advanced

Top Tier Nationally Recognized Certifications

Commercial Pool Operator: CPO®, PPSO®

Mechanical Services: CMS®, CST®, CSP®

Builder: CBP® 

Certification Proves You Have the Knowledge

Certification Proves You Have Professional Standards

Maximize Your Career Potential


Technical Certification courses are offered both online and in a live classroom. Live classes are held at 6005 Powers Avenue, Suite 101, Jacksonville, Florida 32217, and training consultants  travel on private assignments throughout the United States, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean.

            Portofino University is now offering the new APSP© - PPSO© course (Professional Pool Spa Operator) The new PPSO course was developed for the industry by the industry and is currently available in both "all-inclusive" (all meals included) format and "basic" format, they will also be adding APSP online and hybrid classes during 2018. For more information go to Portofino University PPSO course page or call (904) 338-0577.

Portofino University promotes excellence through training and certification programs. Participants study the application of STEAM Principles (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Courses uniquely integrate these principles into recommended service standards.

Portofino provides a superior experience and superior results in pool industry education through:

  • Comprehensive course offerings.

  • Outstanding certified instructors.

  • Superior accommodations.

  • High quality food and beverage offerings.

  • Easy to find location.


Our goal is not "to show you how to pass the test,"

But instead to truly teach you the information

you need to know to be successful in this industry.

Clients and business owners are consistently impressed by the talent and skill shown by graduates of Portofino University. No one knows how to care for pools quite like a graduate of Portofino University. Self-paced Online Courses are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a yearLive/in-person classes are conducted monthly.


Portofino University 

Office: (904) 338-0577

6005 Powers Avenue · Suite 101 · Jacksonville, Florida 32217