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Aquatic Training and Consulting Service's Professional Swimming Pool Operator

Online Class Description

ATCS is striving to be a national leader in swimming pool management training.  Our company is partnering with Health Departments across the country to bring qualified swimming pool operators to our community swimming facilities.

This webpage is designed to provide local health department staff the information needed to evaluate our course.   We hope you will find everything you need to know about Aquatic Training and Consulting Services Online Class! 


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Professional Swimming Pool Operator Handbook

This updated 2020 version of The Professional Swimming Pool Operator Manual contains everything students will need for the class and final exam.  The manual has been updated to match the 2018 National Model Aquatic Health Codes. The instructor will lead the students through the book chapter by chapter together as the course progresses! 

Students are encouraged to download the book prior to class and print it out in order to take notes during the presentation. 


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Day 1 

8:00 - 8:15
Welcome and Class Logistics
8:15 - 9:50
Chapter 1: Job Description of the Professional Swimming Pool Operator
9:50 - 10:10
Check-in Quiz 1 and Break
10:10 - 11:20
Chapter 2: Water Balance and Saturation Index
11:20 - 11:30
Video Review of Water Balance and Q&A
11:30 - 11:40
Check-in Quiz 2 and Break
11:40 - 12:05
Chapter 3: Prevention of Disease Transmission
12:05 - 12:10
Video Review of Disease Prevention and Q&A
12:10 - 1:10
Chapter 3: Swimming Pool Disinfection
1:10 - 1:30
1:30 - 1:45
Video Review of Chlorine and Bromine and Q&A
1:45 - 2:15
Chapter 5: Troubleshooting and Common Water Problems
2:15 – 2:30
Chapter 2 Review Sheet and Q&A
2:30 – 3:00
Review Quiz on Day 1 Material  

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Day 2

8:00 - 8:15
Review of Answers on Review Quiz and Q&A
8:15 - 8:45
Review of Day 1 Material
8:45 - 9:30
Chapter 6: Water Testing
9:30 – 9:40
Chapter 7: Chemical Feeders and Chemical Automation
9:40 – 9:50
Video Review of Chemical Testing
9:50 – 10:10
10:10 - 11:00
Chapter 8: Water Circulation
11:00 - 11:10
Video Review of Water Circulation and Q&A
11:10 - 11:25
Check-in Quiz 3 and Break
11:25 - 12:15
Chapter 9: Water Filtration
12:10 - 12:20
Video Review of Filtration and Q&A
12:20 – 12:35
Check-in Quiz 4 and Break
12:35 - 12:50
Chapter 10: Spas
12:50 - 1:00
Chapter 11: Chemical Safety
1:00 - 1:10
Chapter 12: Aquatic Facility Types and Operational Procedures
1:10 – 1:20
Chapter 13: Legal and Liability
1:20 – 1:45
Review for Exam
1:45 – 3:00
Professional Swimming Pool Operator Exam  

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Professional Swimming Pool Operator Exam

Health Departments wishing to review the test questions please feel free to contact our staff.


First-time pool operator candidates are required to take a 100-question exam and receive a 75% or better on the test to receive their certificate.   Examinations are conducted at the conclusion of the curriculum, and students are given two hours to complete the test. Examinations are given either in-person or through an online testing service.  The exam is based on the 2018 National Model Aquatic Health Codes.

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PSPO  Review Exam

ATCS Professional Swimming Pool Operators are required to attend a 4-hour review course every three years.  At the conclusion of the continuing education class, students must complete a 25-question exam and receive a 75% or better on the test to receive their certificate. Examinations are given either in-person or through an online testing service.  The exam is based on the 2018 National Model Aquatic Health Codes.

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Example Certificate

At the conclusion of each class, students receive their hand-signed certificates by postal mail. These certifications generally go out within 24-hours of completion and can be taken to their local health department to receive their card or can remain with them at their facility if cards are not issued by their local jurisdiction. 

Below is an example of the certificate students receive:

Certificate Information

Name of Certification:
Professional Swimming Pool Operator

Length of Certification:
3 years from date of completion

Issuing Organization:
Aquatic Training & Consulting Service

Organization Address:
448 W South Street
Frederick, MD 21701


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State Approval Letters

Aquatic Training & Consulting Service is recognized on the CDC's Health Swimming Website as an approved provider of swimming pool operation instruction.

Below is a list of all of the letters from State Health Departments which have already approved the ATCS Professional Swimming Pool Operator Course and are accepting our certificates.

In addition, here is an example copy of the ATCS Approval Request Form


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Frederick, MD, 21701, US

About us

Aquatic Training and Consulting Services’ mission is to provide a wide array of training courses for the swimming pool management industry. Our primary focus is to set the industry standard on the education of certified swimming pool operation while offering training, certification, and consulting services in facility operation, lifeguard training, CPR, first aid, pool maintenance, and pool service. ATCS is committed to becoming the national pool operator course of choice.

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