Our Pool Plant Courses are accredited by CIMSPA and PWTAG and cover everything you need to know to be able to competently operate and manage commercial swimming pools. Find out more about each of our pool plant courses below.
Pool Plant Operator
The Pool Plant Operator Certificate is widely recognised as being the industry-standard qualification.
It is aimed at people working with commercial swimming pools, spas, hydrotherapy pools etc. who need a thorough and comprehensive understanding of swimming pool water treatment and pool plant operations.
The course covers:
- The Management of Swimming Pools
- Swimming Pool Environment: Design, Cleanliness and Hygiene
- Main Features of a Pool Plant System
- Primary Disinfection
- Secondary Disinfection
- pH Control
- Chemical Dosing
- Pool Water Testing
- Health & Safety
- Air Handling and Energy Efficiency
We recommend that ALL commercial pools have enough fully qualified pool plant operators to ensure that there is one available at all times that the pool is in use.
The Pool Plant Foundation course is aimed at people working in support of fully-qualified Pool Plant Operators. It provides them with the skills and knowledge to test and monitor the water conditions and respond quickly to emergency scenarios.
We would strongly advise against relying solely on this course for all your pool operative training. It doesn’t cover everything, but it is useful as a supplemental level of training to enable a wider selection of staff to contribute to the smooth operation of the pool.
We recommend that ALL commercial swimming pools/spas etc. have enough staff who hold the full Pool Plant Operator Certificate to ensure that there is always a holder of this qualification on shift whenever the pool is in use. In addition, we recommend that at least one person from senior management at each facility that operates a pool should also hold the full Pool Plant Operator Certificate.
Once that level of provision has been established, duty holders should look to enhance their teams competence by ensuring that as many people who have involvement in running the pool, or supervising activities (e.g. swim teachers, lifeguards, maintenance staff etc.) hold at least the Pool Plant Foundation Certificate. This course can be delivered face-to-face or online.
We have seen a common pattern repeat itself at many facilities where far too few staff are competent to look after the swimming pool. Sometimes we find that there is only one person who has received any type of accredited training at the facility. Situations such as these mean that there is no contingency factored in to the system that would enable the facility to cope when their only qualified pool plant operator leaves. We strongly advise managers to look at their staff training arrangements in anticipation of problems like these and ensure that they have the necessary resilience built in to their staffing arrangements.
We hope this article help you to select the appropriate pool plant course for your needs, but if you need any further assistance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.