In the State of South Carolina, a certified pool operator is required.

In the State of South Carolina, a certified operator is required as per the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control R.61-51 Public Swimming Pools. Section 18. Pool Operator states “(a) All public swimming pools shall be operated under the direction of a qualified swimming pool operator who holds a valid South Carolina Pool Operator’s certification issued by a party approved by the Department. Specific criteria shall be established by the Department for this approval process. (b)The pool operator of record must inspect each public swimming pool a minimum of three (3) times per week during operation.  Results of this inspection shall be annotated in the facility’s bound log book and initialed by the pool operator.” In addition to this certification, the operator must pass an exam issued from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control which is done in conjunction with our program. The additional exams tests the operator on their knowledge, comprehension and understanding of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control R.61-51 Public Swimming Pools code. Jefferson County Department of Health Rules and Regulations Governing the Design, Construction, and Operation of Public Swimming Pools and Spas.

Section 4.21 Operation and Maintenance states:

A certified operator of public spa pools shall be thoroughly knowledgeable on good practices of the spa operation and with the laws and rules pertaining to public spa pools.”

South Carolina State Pool Forms

Code Excerpts

Criteria South Carolina
What is to be recorded Free chlroine, bromine, pH, cyanuric acid
Water Testing Frequency daily
Chlorine Levels (Min-Max) CHLORINE: 1-5 PPM
BROMINE: 2.3 – 11.0 PPM
pH Levels (Min-Max) 7.2-7.8
Chlorine Test Kit Requirements DPD
pH Test Kit Requirements No standard
Cyanuric Acid Levels (Min-Max) less than 200 ppm (outdoor)
Water Clarity View main drain from deck of pool
Turnover Rate POOL: 6 hrs
SPA: 30 minutes
WADING: 1  hrs
Bather Load (per bather) POOL: Shallow – 1/10 sf, Diving – 1/25sf, Deck – 1/33 sf
SPA: 1 person/per 10 square feet
Depth Markings Deck & Pool
CPO® Required Knowledge Required

Class Schedule


Date Location
February 18-19, 2020 Columbia, SC
February 20-21, 2020 Charleston, SC
March 31 – April 1, 2020 Myrtle Beach, SC (CANCELLED)
April 2-3, 2020 Charleston, SC (CANCELLED)
November 17-18, 2020 Myrtle Beach, SC
November 19-20, 2020 Charleston, SC

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