Certified Pool Operator Requirements
- Be 16 years of age or older.
- Have passed a certified pool operator exam within the last three years.
- Have a valid certified pool operator certificate.
- Demonstrate knowledge and be able to take the necessary actions to address aquatic health and safety issues.
Get a Pool Operator Certificate
You can get a pool operator certificate by passing an exam accepted by the Health Department. Formal training is not required to get a certificate, but is recommended.
Approved Course and Exam Providers
The Fairfax County Health Department maintains a list of recognized pool operator course and exam providers . To be recognized, pool operator course and exam providers must apply and certify that their course and/or exam adequately cover primary teaching elements as outlined in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Model Aquatic Health Code, §6.1 Qualified Operator Training.
Apply for pool operator course and exam recognition .