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Online Pool Plant Operations Revalidations and Conversions – NOW LIVE

Posted on 20th March 2020

Following over a year of development with Safety Training Awards educational and assessment experts, Jason Watkins, Digital Services Manager for the Swimming Teachers Association highlights aspects of STA’s new online pool plant operations revalidation and conversion programme.

This industry first for a regulated pool plant operations qualification gives learners the option to revalidate or convert to this qualification from an acceptable equivalent. The programme provides qualified pool plant operators with an alternative to face-to-face courses, saving both time and money — and serves to positively help those learners who have issues with course accessibility.

Learners will receive the latest version of STA’s pool plant operations resource e-manual, containing the information required to maintain and operate a pool, spa and interactive water feature plant, as well as editable revision packs.

This distance learning programme is ideal for self-motivated pool plant operators capable of studying on their own. The programme itself informs learners of the course requirements, provides access to the course resources and information on how to book the online Multiple-Choice (MCQ) assessment.

The online assessment gives learners the flexibility to complete the assessment at a time to fit around their busy lives. The results are processed automatically and submitted to learners within 48 hours.

Learner Eligibility

STA’s Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations (PPO) qualification is valid for a period of 5 years.

Learners need to revalidate the qualification before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified.

The following regulated and unregulated qualifications are acceptable for a learner to revalidate or convert to the STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations qualification:

  • STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations
  • Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Pool Plant Operations
  • PALM Academy SPTO
  • Stockwell Safety SPTO
The option of face-to-face Pool Plant Operations Revalidation and Conversion courses is still available for learners not confident with computers or preferring to attend a course delivered by a tutor. For details of upcoming courses please visit:

For further information please visit:

Online Pool Plant Operations Revalidation and Conversion Programme