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STA Award in Pool Plant Operations (Level 3 QCF)


The STA Award in Pool Plant Operations is one of the most comprehensive pool plant course available.
This course covers the operation of swimming pools, spa pools, hydrotherapy pool, and pools with water features such as wave machines and moveable floors.


The course provides training on the most up-to-date requirements and standards for pool plant operation. The qualification is valid for 5 years, after which time it requires revalidation to update knowledge and demonstrate understanding. Revalidation can be achieved via an online programme or a one-day revalidation seminar.
To be accepted onto the STA Award in Pool Plant Operations course, candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have satisfactorily completed a pre-course worksheet assignment.
By the end of the course successful candidates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of all aspects of pool plant including the circulation, filtration, disinfection, pH correction and heating of pool water. Testing and maintenance of safe and hygienic pool water will also be studied.


  • The industry lead bodies and their recommendations and guidelines 
  • Pollution and its removal, the threat of disease such as legionnaires and how they are 
  • Principles of circulation and filtration and the requirements for regular maintenance 
  • How the physical characteristics of a swimming pool can be hazardous 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • Swimming pool ventilation and heating systems 
  • Energy and cost efficiency


Three day course


  • Satisfactorily complete a pre-course worksheet assignment 
  • Satisfactorily complete the course manual worksheets 
  • Undertake practical water testing, analysis and interpretation

On the day

The course will run from 09:30 to 16:30 each day, unless otherwise advised
There will be one 45 minute lunch break at 12:30 each day and a 10 minute coffee break each morning and afternoon
Timings may be adjusted to suit local circumstances


The cost of this course is dependent on location and the number of candidates attending


Spectrum Leisure Training accepts candidates from local authority organisations on an invoiced basis provided you supply an official purchase order at the time of booking.