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Course Information

Swimming Pool and Spa Operators Certification Course

To ensure safety and cleanliness at all aquatic facilities, a certified pool operator  must ensure that any facility open to the public meets all standards set by the local health department, or Agency Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). While standards and requirements differ depending on the AHJ, most aquatic facilities open to the public must have a certified pool operator on duty during all hours of operation. The operator is legally responsible for ensuring that the facility is safe and presents no risk to patrons. Through the certification process, our courses ensure that participants learn and are ready to apply all the relevant chemical, safety, health and mechanical knowledge necessary for maintaining and operating safe aquatic facilities. At the culmination of the course and exam, participants will be issued a Pool and Spa Operator Certification Card which is valid for three years.


All courses offered by APD Aquatics Instruction LLC were developed in accordance with the Model Aquatics Health Code and are fully approved and recognized by the Fairfax County, Prince William County and Loudoun County health departments. While Arlington County does not require operators to obtain certification, this course will prepare individuals to effectively work and pass inspection in Arlington County.

Course Content

​The course begins with an introduction to the Model Aquatics Health Code, responsibilities of the Pool Operator and background research regarding current advances in the aquatics industry. The remainder of the course is then divided into the following content areas:

  • Water chemistry

  • Water disinfection

  • Mechanical systems

  • Health and safety

  • Operations

Participant Requirements

To take a course, you must be at least 16 years old on the day of the course and have a valid photo ID. You must also be available to attend the entire scheduled course time. 

To pass the course and receive an operator's certification card, you must attend the full course and pass the written exam with a minimum score of 70%. Upon completion, participants will receive a certification card that is valid for a period of 3 years.

Course Logistics

The courses are typically scheduled on a single day for an 8 hour time period. The majority of that time will be focused on instruction and training, followed by a written exam at the end of the day. 

The cost of the course is $120 per student. If you register and decide not to attend, refunds will be issued if cancellation is at least 48 hours in advance of course date.

Upon registration, participants will be provided with an electronic version of the course manual to review prior to the day of the class. This manual will also serve as a reference tool for the participant both during and after the course.