This course runs over four dates Monday 7, Tuesday 8, Monday 14 and Tuesday15 June 2021, from 9 am until 5 pm. It will be delivered remotely online.

The National Pool Management Qualification (NPMQ) is a four-day management qualification aimed at any level of manager in the leisure industry.

The course has been designed to ensure that, on completion, all candidates will have a full and thorough understanding of their and their employer’s legal responsibilities with regards to managing health and safety in a swimming pool environment.

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Benefits of completing the NPMQ

The qualification was developed in direct response to findings contained in an industry survey. The survey results identified worrying knowledge gaps in both understanding, and complying with law, regulations, and guidance when managing a leisure facility.

The NPMQ course:

  • Ensures the safe operation of swimming pools
  • Gives employees and employers an understanding of their legal responsibilities with regards to risk assessment
  • Improves ability to implement and review Pool Safety Operating Procedures
  • Gives employees and employers an understanding of their legal responsibilities with regards to the law in the leisure industry

Completing the NPMQ course ensures managers are managing leisure facilities safely, effectively and within the law.

NPMQ Course Content

Unit 1 – Risk management in the swimming pool

  • Managing risk in swimming pools
  • Pool risk assessment methods and practice
  • Writing effective procedures for swimming pools 
  • Key content of NOPs and EAPs
  • Managing serious incidents in swimming pools 

Unit 2 – Managing competency of the swimming pool team

  • Managing competency in the pool team 
  • Effective recruitment of pool team members
  • Effective onboarding of pool team members 
  • Effective refresher training of pool team members 

Unit 3 – Understanding the Law

  • Basics of the law applying to swimming pools 
  • Key requirements applying to pool safety 
  • Using past cases to prevent pool accidents 
  • The legal process following a pool accident 

Unit 4 – Pool regulatory investigation 

  • Supporting a pool regulatory investigation 

NPMQ Assessment

  • Practical exam
  • Risk Assessment 
  • NOP
  • EAP
  • Training Plan 

Terms and Conditions

Application & Course Fees

The cost of the course is £400 plus VAT.


For all the Frequently Asked Questions on the NPMQ please click here.