In the State of Florida, it is required to have a certified pool operator for a public swimming pool for every individual who maintains the cleanliness, water quality and chemical balance. If you are going to perform service work on your pool, pump, filter, etc, you also require a license from the State of Florida. For the state license, you can contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulations at 850-487-1395.

64E-9.018 Public Pool Service Technician Certification

An individual who services a public pool by maintaining the cleanliness, water quality and chemical balance of public pools shall be certified. To be certified an indiviual must demonstrate knowledge of public pools. Examples of such knowledge include: pool cleaning, general pool maintenance, make-up water supply, bacteriological, chemical and physical quality of water and water purification, testing, treatment, and disinfection procedures. To ensure that the pool technicians are knowledgeable, said technician shall attend a training course of national recognition that is approved by the department of at least16 hours in length and shall pass a test acceptable to the department. Certification is conferred upon an individual and is nontransferable. Certification does not imply any licensure and specifically not that of contractor as regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation under Section 489.105(3)(j), (k), or (l), F.S. A certified pool technician may not affect the structural integrity of the pool or equipment, and shall not delegate work to others, including employees, that are not themselves certified under this section, or otherwise exempt from this provision per Chapter 514, F.S.

Operators must follow state, county, city and local laws as well as federal laws pertaining to the operation and maintenance of pools and spas.

Florida State Pool Forms


Code Excerpts

Criteria Florida
What is to be recorded TAC, FAC, CAC, pH, Cyanuric Acid, Alkalinity, Calcium, Gauge Reading, Flow Rate & Bather Load
Water Testing Frequency At least once every 24 hours
Chlorine Levels (Min-Max) POOL:  Indoor 1.0-5.0, Outdoor 1.0-10.0 CH, 1.5-10.0 BR,
SPA: 2.0-10.0 CH, 3.0-10.0 BR,
WADING: 2.0-10.0 CH, 3.0-10.0 BR
pH Levels (Min-Max) 7.2-7.8
Chlorine Test Kit Requirements DPD replace yearly
pH Test Kit Requirements phenol red
Cyanuric Acid Levels (Min-Max) ≤ 100 ppm for Pools, ≤ 40 ppm for Spas
Water Clarity 0.5 or less NTU & main drain must be readily visible from pool deck
Turnover Rate POOL: 4 x’s/day
SPA: 30 minutes
WADING: 1 hr
Bather Load (per bather) POOL: 1 bather per 5 GPM Flow Rate
SPA: 10 sq ft
WADING: Average of 1 bather/20sq ft & 5 GPM Flow
Depth Markings Transition lines: 2″- 6″ tile line & rope and floats    Deck & Pool  (4″ and  Spelled Out ‘FT’ and  ‘IN’)  2″ line or tile on Rise/Run of step edges & benches
CPO® Required Yes, to service pool (& some counties)

Class Schedule

February 7-8, 2017 Miami, FL
February 9-10, 2017 Orlando, FL
February 11-12, 2017 Jacksonville, FL
February 25-26, 2017 Miami, FL (Spanish)
March 7-8, 2017 Daytona Beach, FL
March 9-10, 2017 West Palm Beach, FL
March 18-19, 2017 Pensacola, FL
March 23-24, 2017 Jacksonville, FL
March 25-26, 2017 Melbourne, FL
March 28-29, 2017 Tampa, FL
March 30-31, 2017 Ft. Myers, FL
April 1-2, 2017 Orlando, FL
April 4-5, 2017 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
April 10-11, 2017 Sarasota, FL
April 12-13, 2017 Naples, FL
April 18-19, 2017 Panama City, FL
April 20-21, 2017 Pensacola, FL
April 22-23, 2017 Tallahassee, FL
April 22-23, 2017 Fort Lauderdale, FL (Spanish)
April 26-27, 2017 Miami, FL
May 9-10, 2017 Tampa, FL
May 11-12, 2017 Orlando, FL
May 16-17, 2017 Daytona Beach, FL
May 20-21, 2017 Miami, FL (Spanish)
May 23-24, 2017 Miami, FL
June 6-7, 2017 Fort Myers, FL
June 8-9, 2017 Fort Lauderdale, FL
June 13-14, 2017 Tallahassee, FL
June 15-16, 2017 Pensacola, FL
June 22-23, 2017 Jacksonville, FL
June 24-25, 2017 Orlando, FL
June 24-25, 2017 West Palm Beach, FL (Spanish)
June 27-28, 2017 West Palm Beach, FL
July 11-12, 2017 Sarasota, FL
July 18-19, 2017 Melbourne, FL
July 20-21, 2017 Miami, FL
July 22-23, 2017 Fort Lauderdale, FL (Spanish)
July 25-26, 2017 Tampa, FL
July 27-28, 2017 Orlando, FL
August 12-13, 2017 Miami, FL (Spanish)
September 11-12, 2017 Key West, FL
September 14-15, 2017 Daytona Beach, FL
September 16-17, 2017 West Palm Beach, FL (Spanish)
September 23-24, 2017 Fort Lauderdale, FL
September 25-26, 2017 Jacksonville, FL
September 28-29, 2017 Melbourne, FL
September 30-October 1, 2017 Kissimmee, FL
October 3-4, 2017 Fort Myers, FL
October 5-6, 2017 Tampa, FL
October 21-22, 2017 Fort Lauderdale, FL (Spanish)
November 7-8, 2017 Orlando, FL
November 9-10, 2017 Miami, FL
November 18-19, 2017 Miami, FL (Spanish)

To register by check, print and complete registration form and mail with check to Pool Operation Management, 68 Edwards Road, Brick, NJ 08723. Please make checks payable to Pool Operation Management.

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