Learn how to use pool water testing equipment and the chemicals and systems associated with the disinfection of swimming pools.

Gain knowledge of how to operate swimming pool plant room machinery.

STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations (QCF)


The STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations (QCF) course provides candidates with information and training on the standards required for the effective management and operation of swimming pool and spa water treatment equipment.


  • Candidates must be 18 years of age or older; 
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course worksheet assignment.

Course content

The course is 24 hours long and the qualification is valid for five years. It covers:

  • The industry lead bodies and their recommendations and guidance.
  • Pollution and its removal from the pool, spa and associated plant.
  • Understanding the principles of circulation and filtration.
  • The requirement for regular maintenance on circulation and filtration equipment.
  • Understanding why and how water removal from pools can cause entrapment hazards and how this threat can be reduced.
  • Understanding swimming pool ventilation and heating systems.
  • Understanding the principles of water treatment including pH, water balance and water testing.
  • Why microbiological testing is also required and when it is necessary.
  • Analysis and interpretation of readings leading to corrective action.
  • Methods for recording results and maintaining records.
  • Understanding the different types of residual disinfectants and their use in water treatment.
  • Understanding the use of non-residual disinfectants including ozone and ultra violet.
  • Developing an understanding and awareness of current industry best practice, guidance and recommendations.
  • Understanding the principles of health and safety and the relevant statutes.
  • Best practice in relation to planned preventative action and troubleshooting.
  • Developing an understanding of the environmental implications of operating and managing swimming pools, spas and associated plant.
  • An understanding of how the hazards of electricity in pool and plant.


  • Completion of pre-course worksheet assignment.
  • Satisfactory completion of the course manual.
  • Completion of end of course multi-choice paper consisting of 25 questions, each worth one mark, the pass mark is 18.
  • Undertake practical water testing, analysis and interpretation.

For more info on course content and assessment please download the Pool Plant Operators information leaflet.

Dates & Times

Tuesday 7 - Thursday 9 August 2018




How to book

To book please call St Luke's Sports Centre on 01392 724940 or email stlukessportscentre@exeter.ac.uk. You will need to complete the Pool Plant Operations L3 Booking Form (click to download).