STA Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations

Gain the skills and knowledge to maintain and operate a pool, spa and interactive water feature plant, ensuring safe, clear and hygienic water.

Become a Pool Plant Operator

Why Pool Plant Operations?

  • Accredited STA Award qualification
  • Blended learning experience - face to face and online
  • Radically expand your knowledge and skillset
  • Build confidence to make this a successful career

Why Virgin Active?

  • Industry-leading Academy space and access to pool and plant operations
  • World-class content developed and delivered by industry experts
  • Feel confident to redefine your career
  • We live and breathe fitness. We love nothing more than helping you live happily ever active

Qualification Objective

The Pool Plant Operations qualification aims to enable learners to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to ensure the safety of swimmers, users, operators and other persons. The qualification provides the theory behind pool plant operations and maintenance and provides learners with information on best practice principles and health, safety and legal responsibilities.


You can take your learnings from the classroom to one of our working plant rooms. It's not just about theory but also about getting hands-on experience. With the enhanced version of this course, you will be taken into a live working plant room with one of our experts to enhance your learnings.

Course Benefits

  • Training is in accordance with industry best practices and guidance from PWTAG, British and 
  • Meets CIMSPA’s employer-led pool plant operative professional standard and the essential knowledge and skills that are needed to meet the requirements of the sector's minimum deployment standard
  • It will give you comprehensive knowledge on the maintenance and management of swimming pools, spas and interactive water features
  • It qualifies you as responsible for pool plant management and maintenance at your wet leisure site.
  • This qualification will last 5 years, 2 years longer than similar qualifications.
Accordion in HTML5
Upcoming dates Learn Pool Plant Operations with the Virgin Active Academy. This course costs £350 per person.

We offer a standard and an enhanced course. The standard is 3 days and the enhanced is 5 days. Upcoming practical dates:

  • Monday 29th January - Friday 2nd February

  • Monday 13th - Friday 17th May

    This qualification will last 5 years. 2 years longer than similar qualifications.
    Back To Top