Leisure Facility Operations (QQI Level 5)

314.00 or 159.00 / month for 2 months

  • Award: QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Leisure Facility Operations (5N4667).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 15 Credits.
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Course Fee: Only – €314.00 or
  • Easy Payments: Only €157 per month over 2 months with our unrivalled Easy Payment Plans. Enrol using your Debit / Credit Card or call us on (+353) 1 206 1828 to avail of this offer.
  • Course fee includes all documentation, lecturing, assessments, learner registration and QQI certification fees. No other fees to pay!
  • Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient.
  • The Open College provides insurance cover for their learners while on placements and at no extra cost. Please ask for details.


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Course Description


The aim of this QQI Leisure Facility Operations – 5N4667 course is to provide the learner with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge relating to Leisure facilities.

The theoretical understanding needs to be applied in the real environment to protect against health and safety issues, hygiene, legal and management best practice. Thus the gamut of leisure operations need to be covered. Each area of leisure operation carries risk and health and safety requirements. A lack of understanding in any one area will lead to increased user risk.

By the end of the course the learner will therefore have a broad understanding of Leisure operations and best practice. The course content will thus be applicable to any job role where knowledge of leisure and facility operations, management as well as hygiene strategies are relevant.




Course details


Topics Covered Include:


Unit 1: Pool Design, Maintenance and Health and Safety

  • Chemicals involved in pool water maintenance.
  • Hazards associated with pool chemicals.
  • Health and Safety around pool chemicals.
  • Risk assessment of pool chemicals.
  • Pool water quality assessment.
  • Risk associated with poor pool water management.
  • Contrast water quality issues in different water facilities, jacuzzi, pool, plunge pool, kids pools.
  • Risk assessment of pool deck, access, disables access and user group requirements.
  • Hygiene and associated infection risks.
  • Facility Health and safety statement and risk assessment.
  • Understanding of government and industry recognised health and Safety, Hygiene and management certifications.
  • Pool plant maintenance and management.


Unit 2: Facility Design, Operation, Maintenance and Equipment

  • Design of space with regard to changing space, equipment space, best practice and industry norms.
  • Participation safety in leisure operations.
  • Participation v profit in leisure operations. 
  • Industry standards and their importance.
  • Industry guidelines for safe employees and users.
  • Risk assessments of specific equipment.
  • Staff Training on each piece of equipment.
  • Indoor Playing surface, equipment and maintenance.
  • External playing surface, equipment and maintenance
  • Risk assessment on playing surfaces.
  • Facility health and safety policy on playing surfaces.
  • The common sense approach to leisure facility operations and surfaces.
  • The leisure operations professional and their role.


Unit 3: Specific Equipment Management, Maintenance and Risk Assessment

  • Industry best practice on maintenance.
  • Industry best practice on sun bed maintenance.
  • Current research on sauna and sun bed use.
  • Medical and user risk assessment on sauna and sun bed users.
  • Specific training and hygiene maintenance for pool, sunbeds, gym equipment, surfaces and play areas.


Unit 4: Health and Safety / Risk Assessment / Legislation and the Leisure Operations Professional

  • Growth of health and safety.
  • Risk assessment and user guidelines.
  • Legislation and the professional manager.
  • Minimising risk in leisure operations.
  • Industry standards and their implementation.
  • Protecting yourself in the leisure industry.
  • Knowing your facility and controlling user risk.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Leaving certificate, Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Sports & Exercise) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry.

  • Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites.

  • Students must have access to Sports and Recreation facilities to complete the Primary Research element of the Assignment – 30 hours minimum over the duration of the programme – approx. 4-6 hours per week.

  • English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information.

  • Garda Vetting may be required for placements and students can apply for this through The Open College. Please ask for details.

  • Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. 

  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.

  • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here».




Project 60%
Skills Demonstration 40%



The learner is to prepare a needs analysis report of leisure facility and participation experience in 2 different  environments. Access with a staff member on a number of occasions will be necessary.

The report will detail the type of facility, participation experience, exercise and health benefits, the organisational structure in the facility, and a health and safety risk assessment. The student will be expected to assess the different organisational structures, how they work and problems in each facility. The students may also give opinion on changes or improvements that could be made to the facility.


Skills Demonstration:

This will involve practical testing on Pool plant and water testing, water maintenance, pool equipment maintenance, sun bed equipment storage and organisation, manual handling safety, sauna safety and maintenance, Procedure for Risk assessments.



  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Leisure Facility Operations (5N4667) from QQI.
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards on the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
  • Registration & Certification Fees are included in this course price. No other fees to pay.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Delivery Format

This QQI Level 5 Leisure Facility Operations (5N4667) course is completed through Distance Learning.

Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.

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