New Jersey Pool Operation Management

Code Excerpts

Criteria CPO Certification New Jersey 
What is to be recorded TAC, FAC, CAC, pH, Bather Load, Water Clarity, Temperature, Weather
Water Testing Frequency Every 2 hrs (bacteria testing 1x per week). If have an automated chemical feeder than can transmit and download records, only nee to test manually once at opening and once at closing.
Chlorine Levels (Min-Max) POOL, WADING, SPAS, RECREATIONAL:  Chlorine 2.0-10.0 Bromine 2.0-10.0
pH Levels (Min-Max) 7.2-7.8
Chlorine Test Kit Requirements DPD
pH Test Kit Requirements phenol red
Cyanuric Acid Levels (Min-Max) 10-100 ppm (outdoors only)
Water Clarity 6″ black disk test
Turnover Rate POOL: 8 hrs (constructed prior to 9/7/10 and without alterations); 6 hrs (constructed after 9/7/10 or if an alteration occurs)
SPA: 30 minutes
WADING: 2  hrs (constructed prior to 9/7/10 and without alterations); 1 hr (constructed after 9/7/10 or if an alteration occurs)
Bather Load (per bather) POOL: Shallow 15 sq ft. Deep 20 sq ft, Diving 300 sq ft
SPA: Not Listed
WADING: 15 sq ft
Depth Markings Deck & Pool
TPO® Required All Pools
Pool Director Required All Pools >2,000 sq. ft.

In the State of New Jersey, it is required to have a certified pool operator for a public swimming pool. Our program has been approved for 10.25 CEU’s by the New Jersey State Department of Health. CPO Certification In New Jersey is essential.

State of New Jersey Sanitary Code Chapter IX Public Recreational Bathing Code N.J.A.C. 8:26. Section 8:26-5.2 Swimming Pool Supervision states “The maintenance and mechanical operation of a swimming pool shall be under the supervision of a trained pool operator (TPO). The trained pool operator shall be available for mechanical and maintenance repairs and detection.  The trained pool operator shall have completed a pool operator course and shall have certification from a Department of Health-approved organization listed in N.J.A.C. 8:26 Appendix A. The trained pool operator shall visit the swimming pool at least once a week to review records and inspect the facility to ensure that it meets all regulatory requirements. Documentation of the visit shall be maintained onsite.”

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

Here are some documents to help you understand and implement the changes made to the New Jersey State Sanitary Code Chapter IX Public Recreational Bathing NJAC 8:26 effective January 16, 2018 – January 16, 2025.

This document provides answered to frequently asked questions from the New Jersey State Health Department.


Pool Director Training
There is NO EXTENSION to comply as a result of COVID-19. Each local health department can decide if they are enforcing it, but should not close a facility based on non-compliance with this alone.
The New Jersey Department of Health, Public Health & Food Protection Program (PHFPP), Public Recreational Bathing regulated community requirement  – N.J.A.C. 8:26-5.2(a)2, which states, “For pools larger than 2,000 square feet, the designated adult supervisor shall possess pool director training certification. Current adult pool supervisors shall have until January 16, 2019, to obtain certification.”  If your facility has multiple bodies of water that make your entire facility greater than 2.000 square feet of water, you ARE required to have a trained Pool Director.
WE ARE HAPPY TO OFFER OUR POOL DIRECTOR TRAINING ONLINE. Our program will remain the same providing the same material and covering the same topics. Please give us a call or email us at to register. Online training sessions are on April 3, 2020, and April 9, 2020. from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.


Date Location
2021 2021
February 9, 2021 ONLINE
March 4, 2021 Somerset, NJ
March 23, 2021 ONLINE
March 26, 2021 Cherry Hill, NJ (cancelled)
March 27, 2021 Morristown, NJ (cancelled)
April 22, 2021 ONLINE
April 22, 2021 East Brunswick, NJ (cancelled)
May 11, 2021 Hamilton, NJ (cancelled)
May 24, 2021 ONLINE CLASS
June 12, 2021 ONLINE CLASS


The State of New Jersey announced that commercial/public pools can open on June 22, 2020. The full guidance document is located here. Public pools must develop a COVID-19 Pool Operation Prevention Plan (CPOPP). The Pool and Hot Tub Alliance have issued a final reopening practice tips document that may help you develop your plans which can be accessed here. You can also utilize CDC guidelines.

March 2020 PRB FAQ’s issued by the New Jersey State Department of Health to address commonly asked questions.

2019 Statutory Changes made January 31, 2019 that affect health department seasonal pre-inspection, specailly exempt facilities, lifeguard duties, and circulation requirements.

NJ PRB CHANGES 2018 includes 2018 Changes to New Jersey State Sanitary Code Chapter IX Public Recreational Bathing NJAC 8:26 with Excerpts From the Code as well as Statutory Changes made in 2019.

NJ PRB CHANGES 2018 ABBREVIATED  includes 2018 Changes to New Jersey State Sanitary Code Chapter IX Public Recreational Bathing NJAC 8:26 with Bulleted Key Changes for the Trained Pool Operator as well as Statutory Changes made in 2019.

HIGHLIGHTED NEW JERSEY STATE CODE is the actual New Jersey State Sanitary Code Chapter IX Public Recreational Bathing NJAC 8:26  That Contains Highlighted Key Points for the Trained Pool Operator

CPO Certification New Jersey State Pool Forms

New Jersey Codes Affecting Public Pools

New Jersey Right to Know Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets

Class Schedule

Date Location
2021 CPO CLASSES 2021
March 2-3, 2021 Somerset, NJ
March 6-7, 2021 Cherry Hill, NJ
March 9-10, 2021 Toms River, NJ
March 15-16, 2021 East Brunswick, NJ
March 20-21, 2021 Morristown, NJ
April 7-8, 2021 Woodbridge, NJ
April 10-11, 2021 Wildwood, NJ
April 17-18, 2021 Saddle Brook, NJ
April 20-21, 2021 East Brunswick, NJ
April 24-25, 2021 Vineland, NJ
April 27-28, 2021 Morristown, NJ
May 4-5, 2021 Absecon, NJ
May 13-14, 2021 Cherry Hill, NJ
May 15-16, 2021 Somerset, NJ
June 1-2, 2021 Toms River, NJ
June 15-16, 2021 Morristown, NJ
July 7-8, 2021 Hamilton, NJ
August 3-4, 2021 Hamilton, NJ
August 14-15, 2021 Woodbridge, NJ
September 18-19, 2021 Morristown, NJ
September 21-22, 2021 Toms River, NJ
October 23-24, 2021 Morristown, NJ
October 26-27, 2021 Hamilton, NJ

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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