Pool Plant Operations

The Pool Plant Operations qualification aims to enable candidates to manage and maintain swimming pool, spa and interactive play feature operation via receiving the training necessary to reflect the most up-to-date requirements and standards for pool plant operation.

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Available Regulators

Qualification Number: 600/6015/3
Title: STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations (QCF)
Credit Value: 6 Credits

  • Be 18 years of age or older
Validity of Award

This qualification is valid for 5 years.

Candidates can revalidate this qualification either by undertaking the
Pool Plant Revalidation Programme or by attending a one-day revalidation seminar.

Length of Course

33 Notional Guided Learning Hours:

  • 24 Recommended Guided Learning Hours
  • 9 Non-Contact Guided Learning Hours
Course Information

This qualification covers:

  • The industry lead bodies and their recommendations and guidelines
  • Pollution and its removal, the threat of disease such as legionnaires and how they are controlled
  • Principles of circulation and filtration and the requirements for regular maintenance
  • How the physical characteristics of a swimming pool can be hazardous
  • Swimming pool ventilation and heating systems
  • The principles of water treatment, including pH, water balance and water testing
  • Microbiological testing
  • Analysis and interpretation of readings leading to corrective action
  • Methods for recording results and maintaining records
  • Understanding the different types of residual and non-residual disinfectants and their use in water treatment
  • Developing an understanding and awareness of current industry best practice, guidance and recommendations
  • Principles of health and safety and the relevant statutes
  • Developing an understanding of the environmental implications of operating and managing swimming pools, spas and associated plant
  • Energy and cost efficiency
Mandatory Units
  • Swimming Pool Water Testing (Y/503/0740)
  • Principles of Swimming Pool & Spa Water Treatment (R/504/0179)
  • Operating Swimming Pool Plant (F/503/0988)
Assessment Criteria
  • Complete a portfolio and worksheet questions to the satisfaction of the course tutor
  • Undertake practical water testing, analysis and interpretation during the course
  • Post-course routine maintenance assessment sheet to be completed and returned to tutor within 28 days