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.


The New Jersey Department of Health, Public Health & Food Protection Program (PHFPP), is granting a temporary waiver of standard to the Public Recreational Bathing regulated community from compliance with the requirement of 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.” The temporary waiver provides that the Department will not require a designated adult supervisor overseeing a pool larger than 2,000 square feet to possess pool director training certification starting on January 16, 2019.  This temporary waiver is necessary because of the absence of a recognized training agency needed to provide the certification required by the rule.  Accordingly, the Department is granting a temporary waiver of N.J.A.C. 8:26-5.2(a)2 and extending the compliance and enforcement date to September 1, 2019.    

Any questions, please email the Department at

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

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
CPO® Required All Pools

Class Schedule

Date Location
2018 2018
October 20-21, 2018 Morristown, NJ
October 23-24, 2018 Hamilton, NJ
2019 2019
January 22-23, 2019 Toms River, NJ
February 28-March 1, 2019 Somerset, NJ
March 2-3, 2019 Cherry Hill, NJ
March 5-6, 2019 Toms River, NJ
March 13-14, 2019 East Brunswick, NJ
March 23-24, 2019 Morristown, NJ
April 2-3, 2019 Woodbridge, NJ
April 6-7, 2019 Wildwood, NJ
April 13-14, 2019 Saddle Brook, NJ
April 23-24, 2019 East Brunswick, NJ
April 27-28, 2019 Vineland, NJ
April 30-May 1, 2019 Morristown, NJ
May 4-5, 2019 Absecon, NJ
May 9-10, 2019 Cherry Hill, NJ
May 18-19, 2019 Somerset, NJ
May 29-30, 2019 Toms River, NJ
June 18-19, 2019 Morristown, NJ
July 9-10, 2019 Hamilton, NJ
August 6-7, 2019 Hamilton, NJ
September 14-15, 2019 Morristown, NJ
September 17-18, 2019 Toms River, NJ
October 19-20, 2019 Morristown, NJ
October 22-23, 2019 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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