In the State of Florida, it is required to have a training  for a public swimming pool (such as a certified pool operator)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

Date Location
2020 2020
December 3-4, 2020 Fort Myers, FL
December 5-6, 2020 Fort Lauderdale, FL
2021 2021
January 30-31, 2021 West Palm Beach, FL (Spanish)
February 9-10, 2021 Miami, FL
February 11-12, 2021 Orlando, FL
February 13-14, 2021 Jacksonville, FL
February 20-21, 2021 Miami, FL (Spanish)
February 25-26, 2021 West Palm Beach, FL
February 27-28, 2021 Daytona Beach, FL
March 1-2, 2021 Kissimmee, FL
March 18-19, 2021 Pensacola, FL
March 20-21, 2021 Orlando, FL (Spanish)
March 20-21, 2021 Panama City, FL
March 23-24, 2021 Tampa, FL
March 25-26, 2021 Ft. Myers, FL
March 27-28, 2021 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
April 8-9, 2021 Melbourne, FL
April 10-11, 2021 Orlando, FL
April 12-13, 2021 Miami, FL
April 22-23, 2021 Pensacola, FL
April 24-25, 2021 Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Spanish)
April 24-25, 2021 Jacksonville, FL
April 26-27, 2021 Daytona Beach, FL
May 11-12, 2021 Tampa, FL
May 13-14, 2021 Kissimmee, FL
May 15-16, 2021 Miami, FL (Spanish)
May 15-16, 2021 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
June 10-11, 2021 Pensacola, FL
June 12-13, 2021 Panama City, FL
June 14-15, 2021 Jacksonville, FL
June 22-23, 2021 Miami, FL
June 24-25, 2021 Ft. Myers, FL
June 26-27, 2021 Orlando, FL
June 26-27, 2021 Fort Lauderdale, FL (Spanish)
July 13-14, 2021 Daytona Beach, FL
July 15-16, 2021 Melbourne, FL
July 17-18, 2021 Tampa, FL
July 17-18, 2021 West Palm Beach, FL (Spanish)
July 19-20, 2021 Naples, FL
July 22-23, 2021 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
August 5-6, 2021 Orlando, FL
August 7-8, 2021 West Palm Beach, FL
August 17-18, 2021 Fort Myers, FL
August 19-20, 2021 Miami, FL
August 21-22, 2021 Miami, FL (Spanish)
September 13-14, 2021 Key West, FL
September 16-17, 2021 Miami, FL
September 18-19, 2021 Daytona Beach, FL
September 18-19, 2021 Fort Lauderdale, FL (Spanish)
September 25-26, 2021 Fort Lauderdale, FL
September 28-29, 2021 Melbourne, FL
September 30-October 1, 2021 Jacksonville, FL
October 2-3, 2021 Orlando, FL (Spanish)
October 12-13, 2021 West Palm Beach, FL
October 14-15, 2021 Ft. Myers, FL
October 16-17, 2021 Miami, FL (Spanish)
October 16-17, 2021 Tampa, FL
October 18-19, 2021 Kissimmee, FL
November 13-14, 2021 Miami, FL
November 15-16, 2021 Naples, FL
November 17-18, 2021 Orlando, FL
November 20-21, 2021 West Palm Beach, FL (Spanish)
December 9-10, 2021 Fort Lauderdale, FL
December 11-12, 2021 Orlando, FL

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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