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Syllabus for Pool & Spa Foundation Certificate

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.

Unit Specification : STA/ISPAL Foundation Certificate in Swimming Pool & Spa Water Treatment
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.

Contact Time
5 hours.

Validity
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).

Assessment
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.

Revalidation
The Foundation Certificate must be re-validated every 5 years. Regular on-going training and practice is essential.  The re-validation process will require the candidate to attend another Foundation certificate course.

 

Syllabus for STA/ISPAL Certificate in Swimming Pool & Spa Water Treatment
Candidates who have successfully completed the foundation may progress to the STA Certificate in Swimming Pool & Spa Water Treatment.

The Certificate in Swimming Pool and Spa Water treatment has been designed to provide information and reinforce the training necessary to reflect the most up to date requirements and standards for those employed in the management and operation of swimming pools and spa's water treatment equipment.

Unit Specification : STA/ ISPAL Certificate in Swimming Pool & Spa Water Treatment
Entry Criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age, or older, at the time of examination.
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Certificate in Swimming Pool and Spa Water Treatment or equivalent.
  • Attend a course of instruction of 12 hours.
  • Satisfactory completion of Pre-course worksheet assignment.

Contact Time
12 hours.

Validity of Award
5 years.
 

 
Course Information
The Certificate in Swimming Pool & Spa Water Treatment 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 & filtration equipment.
  • Understanding why & 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, Spa's and associated plant.
  • An understanding of how the hazards of electricity in pool and plant areas are managed.
  • How the threat of legionnaires and other diseases is controlled.

Assessment
The qualification is assessed as set out below:

  • 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 1 mark, the pass mark is 18;
  • Undertake practical water testing, analysis and interpretation.

Revalidation:
This qualification must be re-validated every 5 years. Regular on-going training and practice is essential.  The re-validation process will include completion of a pre-course questionnaire, attendance at a re-validation workshop, which will focus on the syllabus in force at the time, followed by an end of course presentation.
NB The STA/ISPAL Certificate in Swimming Pool & Spa Water Treatment supersedes the Foundation Qualification; therefore a candidate that holds both awards will not need to revalidate the Foundation qualification. A re-validation fee is payable to the STA.

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