AquaTech Credentials

In the United States, the AquaTech curriculum meets and exceeds the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) guidelines for pool operator training. SAI is one of three nationally and internationally recognized certification agencies which meet MAHC criteria: SAI AquaTech, National Recreation and Park Association's Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) course, and the National Swimming Pool Foundation's Certified Pool Operator (CPO) course. An AquaTech certification is the equivalent of a pool operator certification from each of these other agencies.

Internationally, requirements for pool operator certification vary widely, and AquaTech is a tremendous training opportunity. SAI is working to develop training standards in several regions of the world, with AquaTech as the foundation.

SAI can provide your local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) with the necessary information to obtain regulatory approval when needed.

Course Contents

AquaTech consists of an online self-study component and an instructor-led session. The AquaTech online course will teach you how pool systems work and how to maintain them, as well as how to diagnose, prevent, and solve common problems in pool care. You’ll also find information on reducing risk and increasing safety at your facility. After completing the course, you’ll have all the requisite competencies you’ll need in order to operate a pool, spa, waterpark, spraypark, or other aquatic facility.

If you want to obtain certification after you have completed the online course, you will take part in an instructor-led session that includes hands-on activities designed to help you apply your knowledge.

Unit 2 Circulation and Filtration

Water Levels


Minor Plumbing Repairs

Plumbing Systems



Flow Meters

Turnover And Flow

Pipeline Markings


Backwash Procedures

Disposal of Wastes

Unit 1 What Is an AquaTech?

Why Each Pool Is Unique

Current Issues in Aquatic Operations


Unit 3 Automation and Water Testing

Pool Water Testing Equipment

Pool Water Testing Methods

Pool Water Test Schedules and Recording

Automated Dosing Controllers and Probes

Metering Pumps

Erosion Feeders

Vacuum Induction Feed Systems



Record Keeping

Unit 4 Water Treatment

Analyzing Test Results


Alternative or Supportive Products (UV, Ozone, Ionization, Peroxolytes, Nonchlorine Shock, Chlorine Generators)

Breakpoint Chlorination

Basic Water Chemistry: Ph, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness

Water Balance Calculations (Calcium Saturation Index)

Sequence for Adjusting Balance


Unit 5 Pool Workplace Safety

Responding to Contamination Incidents

Safe Chemical Handling Procedures

Chemical Handling Personal Protective Equipment (Dust Masks, Eye Protection, Aprons or Chemical Suits, Boots, Respirators


Chemical Emergency Response Plans

Emergency Response—Assess, Alert, Attend (Notifying Emergency Responders and Providing Basic Care Until They Arrive)

Hand and Power Tools

Suction Entrapment

Electrical Appliances (Lights, Hair Dryers, Audio Equipment, Scoreboards, Video Monitors)

Electrical Control Units (Circuit Breakers, Fuses, E-Stop)

Security Arrangements

Safety Signs

Lifting and Pulling

Alarm Systems

Detect Suspicious Behavior by Adults in Relation to Children

Confined Space

Chemical Storage—Storage Vessels

Risks to Bathers—Cloudy or Unsanitized Water

Unit 6 Maintenance

Standard of Cleaning Required

Cleaning Equipment and Supplies

Pool Vacuuming—Manual or Automatic

Underwater Light Repair

Routine Checks of Electrical Appliances

Routine Checks of Plumbing Appliances

Leak Detection

Unit 7 Problem Solving

Circulation Problems

Filtration Problems

Feeder and Automation Problems

Water Treatment Problems

Maintenance Problems

Unit 8 Seasonal and Special Tasks

Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning System (HVAC)




Emergency Generators

Pool Covers—Liquid, Thermal, Evaporation, Automatically Deployed

Energy Conservation

Seasonal Opening

Seasonal Closing

Considerations for Swim Meets and Special Events

Considerations for Preparing a Facility for a Hurricane

Unit 9 Warm-Water Pools

Warm-Water Chemistry

Spa Construction

Spa Safety Considerations

Spa Maintenance



Unit 10 Sprayparks

Spraypark Construction

Spraypark  Safety Considerations

Spraypark Maintenance

Unit 11 Waterparks

Common Waterpark Features

Wave Pool Considerations

Slow- and Fast-Moving River Attraction Considerations

Waterslide Considerations

Children’s Play Structure Considerations

Safety Considerations

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Why AquaTech for Your Pool Operator Certification?

AquaTech will prepare you to operate a pool, aquatic facility, or waterpark according to U.S. and international training requirements. Using a combination of online study and on-site competency testing, the AquaTech certification offers a flexible alternative to classroom-only training methods with the following benefits:

User-friendly, practical, non-intimidating training

Developed by industry leaders who operate and manage facilities

Meaningful, interactive online instruction you can reference forever

Outstanding study and reference materials enhance the learning process

Training and competency assessment on actual pool equipment - leave training confident in your abilities

Meets and exceeds the CDC's Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) guidelines for pool operator training requirements


"Becoming AquaTech certified is a great way for any aquatics, park, or recreation professional to expand career horizons. Pool management and operations are an integral part of many positions, and this certification will assist you in obtaining the necessary knowledge to operate a facility efficiently."

Juliene Hefter, Executive Director Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP)

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