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STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations

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The STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations is the highest level of training available for those who are responsible for the management and maintenance of swimming pools, spas and interactive play features. The qualification covers all the skills and knowledge required to successfully run a wet leisure facility, including heating, ventilation, energy efficiency of a swimming pool, disinfection, pool water chemistry and more.

The Learner

The STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations is intended for those looking to take up a position which requires them to manage and maintain a pool plant to ensure the safety of swimmers, users and operators. Successful completion of this qualification gives the learners the skills and knowledge to maintain and operate a pool, spa and interactive water feature plant.

Who does this qualification appeal to?

Learners may complete this qualification for a career specifically as a pool plant technician. Alternatively they may undertake this qualification to compliment another role.

STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations: Caretaker, operations manager, leisure assistant, spa manager, swimming pool technician, maintenance manager, lifeguard, leisure duty manager, swimming pool owner, fitness instructor.

The Course

The course provides the theory behind pool plant operations and maintenance, as well as providing learners with information on best practice principles and information on health, safety and legal responsibilities. The course is predominantly classroom based, with some practical pool plant tasks to ensure learners have the skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for the role.

The following units are covered within this qualification:

  • Principles of Healthy and Hygienic Pool Water
  • Principles of Pool Water Testing
  • Principles of Disinfection, Pool Chemistry and Dosing in Pool Plant Operations
  • Principles of Mechanical Pool Plant Operations
  • Swimming Pool Heating, Ventilation and Energy Efficiency
  • Management Practices and Health and Safety in Plant Operations


The STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations is tutor-assessed through the completion of:

  • Completion of a multiple-choice theory paper
  • Practical demonstrations.


This course carries a 5-year validity period—learners are encouraged to ensure they keep up-to-date with industry standards and practice through current industry guidance documents and continuing professional development (CPD).

The learner is required to complete an online revalidation before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified.

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