The Active IQ Award in Swimming Pool Operations is accredited at level 2 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.



This qualification is intended to provide front-line staff who work in a swimming pool environment with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Test the pool water
  • Understand the factors that contribute to pool water quality
  • Explain to bathers what can affect pool water quality
  • Understand the importance of good hygiene and cleanliness in and around the swimming pool


On completion of this qualification the learner should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The responsibilities of pool operators to provide a safe pool environment.
  • The causes of swimming pool water contamination.
  • The importance of good pre-swim hygiene
  • The importance of good cleanliness in the swimming pool environment
  • The principles of a simple swimming pool water circulation system
  • The recommended temperatures for pool water
  • The principles of pool water chemical dosing
  • The essential tests to ensure swimming pool water quality
  • The importance of maintaining swimming pool water quality
  • The importance of good record keeping
  • Correct pool water testing techniques


This qualification provides progression on to the Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Swimming Pool Operations.

alternatively, learners can progress to the Level 2 NVQ in Operational Services

Links to NOS

This qualification has direct links to the NOS in Operational Services

Qualification Structure and Unit Content

This qualification comprises of two mandatory units:

Unit 1 Principles of Swimming Pool Plant Operations

Unit 2 Principles and Practice of Swimming Pool Water Testing

Successful achievement of both units is required to gain the full qualification.

Unit 1 is assessed by a multiple choice examination

Unit 2 is assessed by a work based assignment

This course can be delivered on site at your premises subject to there being sufficient candidates and the appropriateness of the venue

Leisure Safety Training Limited can deliver bespoke pool plant training courses on your site.

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