Pool Plant Operators



National Pool Plant Operators Certificate This three-day course is the essential technical qualification for staff involved in day-to-day pool plant operation, or those responsible for plant management.

NB This course replaces the previous NPPO Part 2 course which has now been discontinued.

Course aim

By the end of the course successful candidates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the design and operation of their own pool plant including the circulation, filtration, disinfection, pH correction and heating of pool water. They will know how to maintain water that is in ‘balance' and which is safe and pleasant to swim in. Candidates will be able to use correct techniques to test pool water and understand the remedial action required to restore ideal conditions, the technical requirements for ensuring safe and efficient operation of pool plant and the use of good management and cost effective technologies to save energy.

Course content

  • Swimming pool hygiene
  • Water supplies and treatment
  • Pollution and infection
  • Circulation and filtration
  • Health and safety
  • Chlorine chemistry
  • Disinfection
  • pH, alkalinity and balanced water
  • Water testing and diagnosis
  • Chemical dosing and control
  • Heating, ventilation and energy management

How is it assessed?

Candidates complete a multiple choice test at the end of the course and then a work based assignment which they will have THREE weeks to complete and return to the IoS.

What will candidates gain from doing the NPPO?

Candidates who pass both the end of course test and the work based assignment will gain the National Pool Plant Operators certificate

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