Swimming Pool Maintenance

The Swimming Pool and Spa Maintenance Technical Certificate Program is designed to help students develop advanced technical skills and competencies related to the operation and repair of swimming pool and spa equipment. Students will develop skills in pool and spa codes, pool opening and closing, pool and spa management, and furniture maintenance. Students will also learn details about safe operations of pools and spas, statistics, filtration, recirculation equipment, chemical treatment, water analysis, supplies, and accessories. In addition, students will learn details about energy conservation, disease control, accident prevention, and renovation.

This program consists of four courses.
SWI101 - Pool and Spa Codes
SWI102 - Pool Opening
SWI103 - CPO (Certified Pool Operator)
SWI104 - Pool Closing

There are no prerequisites… but we recommend that students pursue the courses as sequenced above, and mainly because, the set of courses are designed to build upon each other.

AC/C TECH utilizes the Carnegie clock-to-credit hour conversion for academic purposes; and therefore, the following is a breakdown of our Swimming Pool & Spa Maintenance program:

Swimming Pool & Spa Maintenance
Technical Certificate Program
Clock Credit Clock Credit Clock Credit Clock Credit
Pool and Spa Codes 20.0 1.33 10.0 0.33 15.0 0.33 45.0 2.0
Pool Opening 20.0 1.33 10.0 0.33 15.0 0.33 45.0 2.0
CPO (Certified Pool Operator) 20.0 1.33 10.0 0.33 15.0 0.33 45.0 2.0
Pool Closing 20.0 1.33 10.0 0.33 15.0 0.33 45.0 2.0
Totals 80 5.33 40 1.33 60 1.33 180 8

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Find and Interpret swimming pool and spa codes.
  • Explain how to open and close swimming pools and spas for the season.
  • Interpret procedures for cleaning and acid washing a pool safely.
  • Summarize how to maintain pool and spa equipment (such as filtration, recirculation, chemical treatment, and water analysis).
  • Develop professional documentation of tasks completed and customer relation skills.
  • Apply Pool & Spa Maintenance skills within industry standards and governmental regulations.

Graduates will be awarded a Technical Certificate in Swimming Pool and Spa Maintenance.

Academic Calendar

Students are assigned one course monthly until graduating from the program. No courses will be assigned during the months of June, July, and August because administrators from the apartment industry prefer 100% participation towards restoring vacated apartment units during summer months. In contrast, if a student fails a course, he/she may retake the course during June, July, and August. This waiver allows everyone to remain on schedule towards pursuing subsequent courses and graduating together.

The table below represents how a typical student will progress through the program.

Course Date Location
SWI101 - Pool and Spa Codes March, 2024 Online Training
SWI102 - Pool Opening April, 2024 Online Training
SWI103 - CPO (Certified Pool Operator) May, 2024 Online Training
SWI104 - Pool Closing September, 2024 Online Training

Course Descriptions

SWI101 - Pool and Spa Codes

This course develops skills in understanding codes and regulations affecting public, semipublic, special-use, and private swimming pools and spas. Students will learn codes affecting the water supply and plumbing fixtures; sewer system and drains; depth markings; safety requirements, supervision and lifesaving equipment; disinfection and water quality; suits and towels for swimmers; cleaning pools; records of operation and supervision; supervision of personal conduct and regulations.

SWI102 - Pool Opening

This course develops skills in opening a pool for the season. Specifically, it covers draining the pool, cleaning the walls and floor, acid-bathing where necessary, repairing the walls and floor; and painting the pool. It also covers inspecting the chlorinator, chemical feeder; valves, filters, strainers, motor and pump assembly; and filling the pool.

SWI103 - CPO (Certified Pool Operator)

This course develops skills in maintaining records and files on water testing; disease and accident prevention; pool operation problems and chemical adjustments; equipment maintenance; energy conservation; training personnel; and monitoring swimmers.

SWI104 - Pool Closing

This course develops skills in closing a pool. It covers draining the pool; blowing out lines; winterizing the components; storage of equipment; and setting up circulation for winter water, plus chemicals.

Tuition & Fees

Item Description Cost
Tuition 4 Courses @ $250 Each $1,000.00
Required Books Pool/Spa Operators Handbook - 2017 Edition
by National Swimming Pool Foundation
  Indiana State Board of Health
Rule 410 IAC 6-2
Swimming and Wading Pool Operation
Required General Tools Plastic Tool Box with Lock, 25 Ft. Tape Measure, 16 oz Hammer, Utility (Box) Knife, 15" Utility Bar, Phillips & Standard Screw Driver Set, 6 in 1 Screw Driver, 12" Adjustable Wrench, 12" Channel Locks, 10" Slip Joint Pliers, 8" Needle Nose Pliers, 8" Lineman Pliers, Torpedo Level, Wire Strippers, Wire Rippers & Gauge, GFI Receptacle Tester, 6" Drywall Taping Knife, and Hand Sander or Sanding block. $218.43
Required Specialty Tools VOM Meter (fused protected) and various water analysis test kits. $210.12
Required Safety Equipment Cloth and Rubber Gloves, Eye Protection and Dust Masks $10.52
Uniforms Recommended $160.00
  Total Cost $1,659.02
Note: Students are responsible for acquiring books, tools, and supplies. Acquiring uniforms is optional. The fees are based on pricing from Menards website, however, the items can be obtained from any source. There are no other fees.