Qualified Swimming Pool Water Treatment Operator Courses and Certifications for Operation of NYS Swimming Pools and Recreational Aquatic Spray Grounds

Fact Sheet - March 2016

A qualified swimming pool water treatment operator is required to maintain pools larger than 3,000 square feet in surface area, or pools disinfected using gas chlorine and all recreational aquatic spray ground facilities.

Qualified swimming pool water treatment operator certifications shall be valid for the time period specified by the certifying agency and must be maintained current.

The following are adequate courses of instruction regarding the safe and effective operation and maintenance of pool treatment equipment as specified in Subpart 6-1, Section 6-1.2(l)(2), and Subpart 6-3, Section 6-3.2(e), of the New York State Sanitary Code:

Provider Certification Title
American Swimming Pool and Spa Association Licensed Aquatic Facility Technician (LAFT)1
National Recreation and Park Association Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)
National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO)
Starfish Aquatics Institute AquaTech
YMCA Pool Operator on Location (POOL)2


  1. Certificates indicating completion of an online or hybrid LAFT course are not acceptable.
  2. The Pool Operator on Location course is no longer offered. Existing certifications are valid for five years from the date of certification.