Code Excerpts

Criteria 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 1.0-10.0 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.

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 of 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 makes 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 April 3, 2020, and April 9, 2020. from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.


Date Location
2020 2020
February 4, 2020 Holmdel, NJ
March 5, 2020 Somerset, NJ
March 12, 2020 Toms River, NJ
March 27, 2020 Cherry Hill, NJ (CANCELLED)
March 28, 2020 Morristown, NJ (CANCELLED)
April 8, 2020 Woodbridge, NJ (CANCELLED)
April 23, 2020 ONLINE
May 11, 2020 ONLINE
May 27, 2020 ONLINE
June 9, 2020 ONLINE
June 13, 2020 ONLINE
June 25, 2020 ONLINE
July 9, 2020 ONLINE
July 28, 2020 ONLINE
August 20, 2020 ONLINE
October 13, 2020 ONLINE


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

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.

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.

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

New Jersey State Pool Forms

New Jersey Codes Affecting Public Pools

New Jersey Right to Know Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets

Class Schedule

Date Location
2020 2020
January 21-22, 2020 Toms River, NJ
March 3-4, 2020 Somerset, NJ
March 7-8, 2020 Voorhees, NJ
March 10-11, 2020 Toms River, NJ
March 17-18, 2020 East Brunswick, NJ (CANCELLED)
March 21-22, 2020 Morristown, NJ (CANCELLED)
March 31-April 1, 2020 Woodbridge, NJ (CANCELLED)
April 4-5, 2020 Wildwood, NJ (CANCELLED)
April 18-19, 2020 Wildwood, NJ (CANCELLED)
April 18-19, 2020 Saddle Brook, NJ (CANCELLED)
April 21-22, 2020 East Brunswick, NJ (CANCELLED)
April 25-26, 2020 Vineland, NJ (CANCELLED)
April 28-29, 2020 Morristown, NJ (CANCELLED)
May 5-6, 2020 Absecon, NJ (CANCELLED)
May 13-14, 2020 Woodbridge, NJ (CANCELLED)
May 14-15, 2020 Cherry Hill, NJ (CANCELLED)
May 16-17, 2020 Somerset, NJ (CANCELLED)
May 16-17, 2020 Saddle Brook, NJ (CANCELLED)
May 19-20, 2020 Morristown, NJ (CANCELLED)
May 27-28, 2020 Toms River, NJ (CANCELLED)
June 16-17, 2020 Morristown, NJ (CANCELLED)
July 7-8, 2020 Hamilton, NJ
July 18-19, 2020 Cherry Hill, NJ (CANCELLED)
August 4-5, 2020 Hamilton, NJ (CANCELLED)
August 15-16, 2020 Woodbridge, NJ
September 19-20, 2020 Morristown, NJ
September 22-23, 2020 Toms River, NJ (CANCELLED)
October 8-9, 2020 Cherry Hill, NJ  (CANCELLED)
October 24-25, 2020 Morristown, NJ
October 26-27, 2020 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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