POOL OPERATOR COURSE

Pool Operator courses are taught by highly knowledgeable aquatic professionals in each region of the province. They are "the industry standard in swimming pool operations and maintenance" and, with outstanding satisfaction reported from over 1,000 certified candidates, BCRPA Pool Operator courses are becoming an employment requirement for an increasing number of organizations.

Click the "Schedule" tab above for a list of training dates.

If you are interested in hosting a Pool Operator course, please complete the request form below, and return it to parksandrec(at)bcrpa.bc.ca:

Exciting New Changes:

The BCRPA has undertaken the revision and upgrading of both the Level I & II Pool Operator courses. The new materials are designed to provide BC specific content and specifically, to reference the new BC Pool Regulations that were released in 2010 and updated in 2012. In addition, the upgrades ensure that we have consistent delivery of important course content across the province.
 
Some of the new features of our upgrading include:
  • New Participant Manuals for Level I and II which will act as a rich take-away resource
  • Standardized PowerPoint slides for Instructors
  • Removal of the NSPF manual as a requirement for the Level I course. (This great reference book will still be available for purchase through the BCRPA. However, Participant Manuals will have the most relevant information incorporated.)
  • BC specific content
  • References to the BC Pool Regulations and Guidelines

New Fee Structure & Admin Features:

  • The new course materials will be delivered effective February 1, 2014.
  • The new fee structure will be the same $70 fee per person to host organizations for each course level. This fee covers the cost of the new Participant Manual, database entry fee, certificate printing and mailing to candidates.
  • Shipping fees for materials has also been adjusted to reflect more accurately, the real costs of shipping per region.

Shipping Costs:

Region
Rate
Lower Mainland – GVRD
$25
Lower Mainland – Fraser Valley/Squamish/Whistler
$40
Vancouver Island
$40
Okanagan
$50
Kootenays
$55
Cariboo
$55
North Coast/Nechako
$60
Peace River/Liard
$60
NWT
$100
Yukon
$125

 

For more information please contact:

Programs and Initiatives Coordinator
Phone: 604-629-0965 ext. 229
 

 

Pool Operator Level 1 - (14-16 Hours)

This level is an introductory course. Students attending the sessions will be exposed to information that will help them develop an understanding of Swimming Pool Operations and Maintenance.

  • Participation Certification issued
  • Quiz at end of course to ensure student understanding
  • Assumes candidate has little or no knowledge of pool operations
  • This course is a prerequisite for the Level 2 course

Level 1 Course topics include:

  • Regulations - focus on the Health Act
  • Pool types and designs
  • Pool chemistry
  • Water testing
  • Alternate forms of disinfecting
  • Circulation, filtration, and turnover rate
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Seasonal maintenance
  • Safe handling and storage of chemicals
  • Troubleshooting problems

 Pool Operators Level 2 (14 to 16 hours)

This level deals with the topics of Level 1 in more depth and allows the students to develop specific competence in the areas of pool operation. Its certification procedure includes 100% attendance, passing a written examination and completion of a practical.

  • Completion Certificate Issued
  • Exam at end of course requiring 70% to pass
  • Completion of in-course practical required
  • Level 1 is a prerequisite

Level 2 Course topics include:

  • Review of Level 1 information
  • Regulations - focus on WCB
  • Increased depth on pool chemistry
  • Filter sizing
  • Pumps & motors and their maintenance
  • General maintenance
  • Mechanical workings
  • Risk management
  • Troubleshooting problems

 

For more information please contact:

Programs and Initiatives Coordinator
Phone: 604-629-0965 ext. 229

Pool Operator Level I - Participant Manual

This 85 page manual is included for participants of the Pool Operator Level I course.

Pool Operator Level II - Participant Manual

This 99 page manual is included for participants of the Pool Operator Level II course.

Recommended Operating Guidelines for Swimming Pools

Click here to download

Swimming Pool, Spray Pool and Wading Regulations

Click here to view

 

NSPF Pool & Spa OperatorTM Handbook

Author: National Swimming Pool Foundation
Edition: Second
Price: $60.00 + shipping and handling

To order a copy of this manual, contact:

 

For more information please contact:

Programs and Initiatives Coordinator
Phone: 604-629-0965 ext. 229
Email: parksandrec(at)bcrpa.bc.ca 

 

Training Schedule

The BCRPA is not responsible for registration or setting course fees. If you would like to learn more about or register for the Pool Operator courses listed in this schedule, please contact the Host Organization through the registration contact provided in the Registration Contact column.

(Last updated January 15, 2015)
Course
Dates
Host Location
Registration Contact
Open to Public
Pool Operator 1 January 17 and 18, 2015 UBC Point Grey Campus, Aquatic Centre
To register, call: Leslie Grundy at 604-822-2033
 
Yes
Pool Operator 1 January 21 & 22, 2015 Tin Wis Resort
Tofino, BC
To register call: 250-954-8251 or email: aquacet(at)telus.net

Registration deadline: Jan 6

View event flyer.

Yes
Pool Operator 2
February 7 and 8, 2015
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
City of Merrit
2040 Mamette Avenue
Registration Fee: $295 (manual included)

To register call: 250-632-8970 or email lchivers(at)merit.ca

Yes
Pool Operator 1
March 7 and 8, 2015
9 am - 5 pm (both days)
UBC Point Grey Campus, Aquatic Centre
To register, call: Leslie Grundy at 604-822-2033
 
Yes
Pool Operator 1
March 23 and 24, 2015
9 am - 5 pm (both days)
UBC Point Grey Campus, Aquatic Centre
To register, call: Leslie Grundy at 604-822-2033
 
Yes
Pool Operator Level 1 and 2
April 24 to 26, 2015
 
April 24:
8 am - 6 pm
 
April 25:
8 am - 1 pm
 
April 26:
8 am - 6 pm
Sam Lindsay Pool
400 City Centre
Kitimat, BC
Registration Fee: $299 per course or $499 for both courses

To register call: 250-632-8970 or email mrice(at)kitimat.ca

Yes
Pool Operator 1 October 17 and 18, 2015 UBC Point Grey Campus, Aquatic Centre
To register, call: Leslie Grundy at 604-822-4501
Yes
Pool Operator 1 November 7 & 8, 2015 UBC Point Grey Campus, Aquatic Centre
To register, call: Leslie Grundy at 604-822-4501
Yes
Pool Operator 1 December 5 & 6, 2015 UBC Point Grey Campus, Aquatic Centre
To register, call: Leslie Grundy at 604-822-4501
Or email: aquatic_centre@ubc.ca
Yes
Pool Operator 1 February 20 & 21, 2016 UBC Point Grey Campus, Aquatic Centre
To register, call: Leslie Grundy at 604-822-4501
Or email: aquatic_centre@ubc.ca
Yes
Pool Operator 1 May 28 and 29, 2016 UBC Point Grey Campus, Aquatic Centre
To register, call: Leslie Grundy at 604-822-4501
Or email: aquatic_centre@ubc.ca
Yes
Pool Operator Level 2 Jully 11 and 12, 2016 UBC Point Grey Campus, Aquatic Centre
To register, call: Leslie Grundy at 604-822-4501
Or email: aquatic_centre@ubc.ca
Yes