Pool Plant Operator Certificate

This is a PWTAG Approved Pool Plant Operator course and covers everything you need to effectively maintain a swimming pool.

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This is a PWTAG Approved Pool Plant Operator course. It covers everything you need to effectively maintain a swimming pool, spa or water feature. You will learn about circulation, filtration, disinfection, pH correction and heating of pool water. You will also learn how to maintain water which is safe and pleasant to swim in, how to correctly test pool water and understand how to restore it to ideal conditions. Certification lasts for three years.

Training format

This course can be completed either by splitting the course into theory and practical elements or combining the practical and theory on a 3-day course.

Pool Plant Operator Course (Practical and Theory)

This is a 3-day, face to face course including both theory and practical elements delivered through a mixture of classroom activities and practical learning. Assessment consists of a multiple-choice test and a work-based assignment.

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Pool Plant Operator Course Blended learning:

The Pool Plant Operator – blended learning course can be split into theory and practical:

1. Theory 

This will be delivered through a virtual classroom on Zoom plus online e-learning. Once you have completed your theory course you will need to book onto a practical course.

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2. Practical 

Once you have completed your theoretical training including e-learning and theory assessments you will be able to book onto a practical course.

There are different ways to complete the practical element of this course.

  • 1-day practical course – for those who have already completed their theoretical training including e-learning and theory assessments, this course covers the practical sessions and assessment at the course venue.
  • Virtual Practical course –  covers the practical sessions and assessment on a virtual platform, and is for those who have already completed their theoretical training (including e-learning and theory assessments) and will be able to access their facility for the assessment. This will be delivered through Zoom webinars and practical assessments at your venue including a water test followed by a post-course assignment.
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Who is the course designed for?

The course is aimed at anyone involved in and responsible for the day to day operation of pool plant. This includes local authority employees, schools and private pool owners.

Course content

  • Maintaining swimming pool hygiene
  • Controlling chlorine and chemical levels
  • Managing water supplies and water treatment
  • Testing for pollution and parasite infection
  • Maintaining pipes, circulation and filtration
  • Promoting health and safety
  • Disinfecting water
  • Balancing pH and alkalinity
  • Diagnosing and testing the water
  • Making savings on heating, ventilation and energy

Certification

The National Pool Plant Operators Certificate is digital. This is awarded by IQL UK – the body for The Royal Life Saving Society – for three years.

Prerequisites

You must be at least 18 years of age. There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.