STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations


The STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations provides learners with the skills and knowledge to maintain and operate a pool, spa and interactive water feature plant, ensuring safe, clear and hygienic water.

Qualification Objective

The objective of the Pool Plant Operations qualification is to enable learners to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to ensure the safety of swimmers, users, operators and other persons. The qualification 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.

Target Learners

This qualification is for people who have a specific responsibility for pool plant operations, maintaining plant rooms, ensuring safe bather conditions and water testing.
Some examples of sites where this qualification is required include:

  • Swimming Pools
  • Sports and Leisure Centres
  • Health Clubs
  • Spas (Including those displayed in retail outlets / distributors / installers)
  • Hotels
  • Holiday Parks
  • Hydrotherapy Pools
  • Schools
  • Parks
  • Lidos
  • Interactive water features
  • Swim schools.


The STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations qualification may be a requirement of a particular job role such as a pool manager. It can also be used as a progression route for job roles such as lifeguards or swimming teachers wishing to progress to a leisure management role.

Following completion of the qualification and gaining experience of running a pool plant learners may want to share their knowledge and experiences by training to become a pool plant tutor.

Industry Standards

The Pool Plant Operations qualification follows principles set out in the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group’s (PWTAG) code of practice and publication ‘Swimming Pool Water’. It follows a range of Health and Safety guidance documents including:

  • BS EN 15288-1
  • BS EN 15288-2
  • HSG 179
  • HSG 274
  • HSG 282