Every Class A (municipality type) pool shall be under the immediate supervision of a Nebraska swimming pool operator who shall be held responsible for compliance with all provisions of the regulations relating to equipment, pool operation and maintenance, and safely of bathers.
Every Class B (motel, hotel, apartment type) pool and Class F (fitness facility type) pool must have a Nebraska swimming pool operator available within 60 minutes of the facility.
The certified operator must supervise the operation of the water treatment facilities to ensure safe water, both from a physical and bacterial standpoint. Daily records of the pool operation including attendance, chemicals used, disinfectant residuals, pH, equipment maintenance, and accidents must be maintained.
Outside of Lancaster County, there is no longer a classroom session for swimming pool operator certification. The training and exam are all online. See the steps for certification under Certification & Renewal, below. Anyone in Nebraska may take the class held at the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department.
The online exam is available for both initial and renewal certification. If you are currently certified as a pool operator by DHHS, you can take the online exam within 90 days of your certificate's expiration date. You can look up your certificate information ; only enter your last name and choose Swimming Pool Operator from the professions list.
Swimming Pool Operator certificates expire two years from the date they are issued. A certificate can be renewed 90 days before the expiration date. To renew, follow the steps above to take the exam, and pay the $40 fee.
If you will be the operator for a swimming pool within Lancaster County, you must take the class offered at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD). Anyone in Nebraska may take this class to be certified as a swimming pool operator instead of taking the online examination; pool operator candidates who will work in Lancaster County are required to attend the class. The fee for the class is $60.
Click here for the class schedule.
DHHS Licensure Unit ATTN: Pool Operator Certification PO Box 94986 Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 1st Floor
Lincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.