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PWTAG Accredited Pool Plant Operator

Pool Plant Operation New
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    Pool Management
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    Ian Ogilvie
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You must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the course.

We recommend learners attend the Pool Plant Foundation Certificate course to acquire the base level knowledge before attending the Pool Plant Operators Certificate course, if learners have no previous experience of a pool plant room environment.

There is a pre course preparation sheet which is sent to all registered learners 7 days prior to the course start date via email by the Institute of Swimming. The pre course preparation sheet is downloadable from the course confirmation web folio. This should be completed prior to the course and taken on the first day of the course for initial discussions with the course tutor. 


National Pool Plant Operator



Dates: 17th, 18th & 19th December 2018

Times: 9:30am-4:30pm daily

100% attendance is required throughout the course

Pen and paper is required for the duration of the course (not supplied)

Please provide your own lunch and refreshments throughout the course

Please provide the tutor with your RLSS UK society number, if applicable.


This three-day accredited course with PWTAG is the essential technical qualification for staff involved in day-to-day pool plant operation, or those responsible for plant management.

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. Learners 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.

It is strongly recommended personal email addresses are used when registering as an individual with the Institute of Swimming to assist with course communication and awarding by IQL UK (Awarding body of RLSS UK)


This course is assessed using a multiple choice test on the third day of the course, followed by a post course work based assignment.

This assignment has to be completed within 3 weeks from the last day of the course and received by the Institute of Swimming within the 3 week time frame. To complete the assignment, learners need access to an operational plant room.

Awarding times will be between 5-7 weeks following the course.

Please note that if your employer funds your place on this course, the Institute of Swimming may share awarding information with them, upon request.

The registration period for this qualification is 12 months from the start date of the course, if any learner does not complete the course and assessment within this time they will need to re-register and re-attend another course, please note that this will incur further charges.

This qualification is not graded. Learners will either meet the requirements and pass or will not meet the requirements and be referred.

Learners who achieve the Pool Plant Operator Certificate will be added to PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) SPTO Register (Swimming Pool Technical Operator) for 3 years. To view this register, please click here

Further study

Attend a PWTAG Accredited Pool Plant Operator Revalidation course within 3 years to update your certificate

Pool Plant qualifications expire after a period of three years. To ensure you keep your knowledge current with the latest information, best practice and changes to industry guidance, you will need to renew your qualification prior to the expiry date of your qualification. You can do this by either attending a face-to-face revalidation course or completing the online Pool Plant Operator Revalidation which can be found here

Once qualified, it is recommended that pool operators are reassessed annually in the workplace for competence as a minimum in water testing.

Swimming Pool Water Treatment and Quality Standards For Swimming pools and Spas publication

Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) Code of Practice

Managing Health & Safety in Swimming Pools (HSG179) publication

Control of legionella and other infectious agents in spa-pool systems (HSG 282) publication

Course Syllabus

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This course provides all units for the following qualification:

Pool Plant Operation

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