The PASOQ 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.

It ensures that the theoretical knowledge gained on the course is then firmly underpinned by technical skills and expertise gained in a plant room environment.

This is achieved by ensuring that the learning outcomes required in order to gain the certificate satisfy the relevant Health and Safety recommendations. It is awarded following attendance on a course, the successful completion of an end-of-course test (multi-choice) and the submission to an independent assessor of a work-based assignment within four weeks of the course end.

Once enrolled on the course and prior to attending, candidates are sent a Pre-Course Assignment.  This simple assignment is completed by the candidate and then submitted before the first day of the course.  Candidates are required to find out certain bits of information about their own – or chosen – facility.  Candidates are also provided with information on how to engage with the training, which is delivered using the Zoom platform.  This method of delivery has been adopted during the Covid situation and will continue until that situation has passed.


  • Circulation
  • Filtration
  • Disinfection
  • Chemical Dosing
  • Basic Pool Chemistry
  • Water Testing & Control
  • The Swimming Pool – Types of Pools;  Pollution and Hygiene;  Management & Training;  Design.
  • Hygiene
  • Emergency Procedures
  • The Pool Environment
  • Chemical Safety
  • Health Issues
  • Maintenance & Record Keeping


  • Full course attendance
  • Completion of a pre-course worksheet
  • Successful completion of an end-of-course multi-choice test paper
  • Successful completion of a work-based assignment that is submitted for independent assessment within 4 weeks of the course end date.  Part of the assignment will be a requirement to demonstrate practical water testing, analysis of results with remedial actions and to carry out a filter backwash under supervision


By the end of the course successful candidates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of both generic pools and their own pool plant.  This will include the circulation, filtration, disinfection, pH correction, safe use of chemicals and heating of pool water.  This will enable them to be competent in the safe and efficient operation of pool plant to HSE requirements as described in ‘Managing health and safety in swimming pools’ (HSG179) and the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) Code of Practice for Swimming Pool Water – July 2021 (updated to reflect the requirements of Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools (HSG179) November 3, 2017).

In line with industry recommendations the course provides candidates with 3 days formal pool training and a work related exercise demonstrating site specific knowledge of their own workplace.


The certificate is valid for 5 years and is endorsed by ISPE (Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers).

To maintain its currency a 1 day revalidation seminar must be attended within 5 years of gaining the Certificate.

Certification is provided by PASOQ

other qualifications

  • PASOQ Foundation Certificate (1 day)
  • PASOQ Technician Revalidation Certificate (1 day)
  • PASOQ Advanced Technician Certificate (2 day)

course materials

Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) Code of Practice for Swimming Pool Water – July 2021 (updated to reflect the requirements of Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools (HSG179) November 3, 2017) to be provided to all candidates.

Comprehensive ‘Pool Professional’s Manual’ to be provided to all candidates.

‘Lovibond Pool & Spa Water Treatment and Analysis’ to be provided to all candidates.

PASOQ-produced key handouts

course costs

Course fees are set by the training agencies who are delivering the course.

Follow the link from ‘Course Dates’ for prices.