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.

Online Courses
Live Courses


CPO, CBP and CSP Technical Certification courses are offered both online and in a live classroom. Live classes are held in Jacksonville, and training consultants have traveled throughout the United States, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean.

Portofino University also promotes excellence through internal employee training and certification programs at its Jacksonville headquarters year round.

At Portofino University, our technicians study the application of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) principles. We have uniquely integrated these principles into our technicians’ daily practice of Portofino’s BluDiamond Standard of service to provide an exceptional client experience.

Clients of Portofino are repeatedly impressed with the talent and skill shown by the company’s team of technicians – a result of their schooling at Portofino University. The entire staff is armed with industry leading techniques in addition to upholding the Portofino BluDiamond Standard. No one knows how to care for your pool quite like a graduate of Portofino University. Courses are offered monthly in Jacksonville & Orlando.

Portofino University teaches:

  • Water Chemistry
  • Equipment Operation
  • Equipment Diagnostics
  • Pool Math
  • Diseases & Prevention
  • Contamination & Prevention
  • Health & Safety
  • Laws, Codes, Government Regulation, Compliance

Jack Manilla,
President and Owner

“Education is an exciting life-long journey for me. I am passionate about learning new things each day. Just as we exercise the body to remain healthy, we must train our minds to remain mentally strong. Maintaining a healthy life-balance must include exercise of the body, mind and spirit.”