STA/ISPAL Foundation Cert in Swimming Pool & Spa Water Treatment

The Foundation Certificate course is designed to provide the basic information and the skills necessary to competently test and maintain swimming pool and spa water quality.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must:

  • Be 16 years of age, or older, at the time of the examination.
  • Attend a course of instruction for a minimum of 5 hours.
  • Other than specified above no other prior experience or knowledge is required.

Contact Time

5 hours.


5 years.

Course Information

Following completion of the STA/ISPAL Foundation Certificate in Swimming Pool & Spa Water Treatment course successful candidates will be able to:

  • Understand sources of pollution and control measures;
  • Understand the basic principles of pool water filtration and backwashing;
  • Understand the key features of a swimming pool circulation system;
  • Understand the potential dangers and hazards associated with suction entrapment and entanglement;
  • Understand the role and purpose of disinfectants in swimming pools;
  • Understand the pH scale, its function and related terminology;
  • Understand the basic principles of water testing, recording and interpretation leading to corrective action;
  • Understand the importance of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).


The qualification is assessed as set out below:

  • Satisfactory completion of the course manual and end of course worksheet;
  • Undertake practical water testing, analysis and interpretation.


The Foundation Certificate must be re-validated every 5 years. Regular on-going training and practice is essential. A Training Record Sheet is available upon request for you to record your regular training. The re-validation process will require the candidate to attend another Foundation certificate course.

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