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
2018 2018
October 13-14, 2018 Fort Myers, FL
October 20-21, 2018 Miami, FL (Spanish)
November 8-9, 2018 Orlando, FL
November 10-11, 2018 Miami, FL
November 17-18 , 2018 Fort Lauderdale, FL (Spanish)
December 8-9, 2018 Fort Lauderdale, FL
January 26-27, 2019 West Palm Beach, FL (Spanish)
February 5-6, 2019 Miami, FL
February 7-8, 2019 Orlando, FL
February 9-10, 2019 Jacksonville, FL
February 23-24, 2019 West Palm Beach, FL
February 23-24, 2019 Miami, FL (Spanish)
March 7-8, 2019 Daytona Beach, FL
March 9-10, 2019 Fort Lauderdale, FL
March 14-15, 2019 Jacksonville, FL
March 16-17, 2019 Kissimmee, FL
March 16-17, 2019 Key West, FL (Spanish)
March 21-22, 2019 Panama City, FL
March 23-24, 2019 Orlando, FL (Spanish)
March 23-24, 2019 Pensacola, FL
March 28-29, 2019 Tampa, FL
March 30-31, 2019 Fort Myers, FL
April 4-5, 2019 Melbourne, FL
April 6-7, 2019 Orlando, FL
April 11-12, 2019 Miami, FL
April 25-26, 2019 Pensacola, FL
April 27-28, 2019 Jacksonville, FL
April 27-28, 2019 Fort Lauderdale, FL (Spanish)
May 2-3, 2019 Daytona Beach, FL
May 4-5, 2019 Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 16-17, 2019 Tampa, FL
May 18-19, 2019 Miami, FL (Spanish)
May 18-19, 2019 Orlando, FL
June 6-7, 2019 Fort Myers, FL
June 8-9, 2019 Fort Lauderdale, FL
June 13-14, 2019 West Palm Beach, FL
June 20-21, 2019 Tallahassee, FL
June 22-23, 2019 Pensacola, FL
June 22-23, 2019 Fort Lauderdale, FL (Spanish)
June 27-28, 2019 Jacksonville, FL
June 29-30, 2019 Orlando, FL
July 18-19, 2019 Melbourne, FL
July 20-21, 2019 Miami, FL
July 20-21, 2019 West Palm Beach, FL (Spanish)
July 25-26, 2019 Tampa, FL
July 27-28, 2019 Orlando, FL
August 3-4, 2019 West Palm Beach, FL
August 17-18, 2019 Miami, FL (Spanish)
August 22-23, 2019 Fort Myers, FL
August 24-25, 2019 Fort Lauderdale, FL
September 7-8, 2019 Miami, FL
September 9-10, 2019 Key West, FL
September 12-13, 2019 Gainesville, FL
September 14-15, 2019 Daytona Beach, FL
September 14-15, 2019 Fort Lauderdale, FL (Spanish)
September 19-20, 2019 Destin, FL
September 21-22, 2019 Tallahassee, FL
September 28-29, 2019 Fort Lauderdale, FL
October 1-2, 2019 Jacksonville, FL
October 3-4, 2019 Melbourne, FL
October 5-6, 2019 Orlando, FL (Spanish)
October 10-11, 2019 Fort Myers, FL
October 17-18, 2019 Ocala, FL
October 19-20, 2019 West Palm Beach, FL
October 19-20, 2019 Miami, FL (Spanish)
November 14-15, 2019 Orlando, FL
November 16-17, 2019 Miami, FL
November 23-24, 2019 West Palm Beach, FL (Spanish)
December 14-15, 2019 Fort Lauderdale, FL

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