One particular awarding body describes their qualification as the ‘Gold Standard’. This is purely a marketing term. There is no ‘Gold Standard’.
There are a number of qualifications available. Provided they meet H&S guidelines they all have legitimacy. UK law stipulates that swimming pools should be managed in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Health and Safety legislation continually refers to the obligation in law for employers to provide ‘suitable and sufficient training and information’ to employees.
The PASOQ Technician Certificate complies with Health & Safety Executive guidelines document HSG 179 and Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) Code of Practice for Swimming Pool Water – 2016 (updated to reflect the requirements of Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools (HSG179) November 3, 2017).
POOL PLANT TECHNICIANS CERTIFICATE (3 day course)
This Technician Certificate indicates that staff who are - or intend to - operate in a pool and perform tasks with significant operational or safety impacts have the competencies to do so.
PASOQ FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE
(1 day course)
An ideal qualification for staff who are not specifically responsible for the day-to-day operation of pool plant but require a basic understanding of pool water.
TECHNICIANS UPDATE CERTIFICATE
( 1 day seminar)
Designed to refresh and update the knowledge gained on the Technician Certificate and to provide an appreciation of current trends and standards of operation.
ADVANCED TECHNICIANS CERTIFICATE (2 day course)
Recently introduced is the PASOQ Advanced Technician Certificate . A two day course with a post-course work-based assignment.