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The NPLQ is a nationally recognised workplace qualification for the supervision, rescue and first aid response when working at a swimming pool.


This NPLQ course includes the content to achieve your Level 3 First Aid at Work qualification all within a single course.



NPLQ is a 40 hour course delivered across 6 days, including an assessment on the final day.

This course also requires 10 hours of home study.


Section 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming Pool Supervision
Element 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law
Element 2 – Swimming Pool, Hazards and Control Measures
Element 3 – Swimming Pool Supervision

Section 2 – Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans
Element 1 – Intervention and Rescue
Element 2 – Rescue of a Casualty with a Suspected Spinal Injury
Element 3 – Emergency Action Plan

Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid
Element 1 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Element 2 – First Aid
Element 3 – Automated External Defibrillation (AED)​

Entry requirements

16+ years

Jump/dive into deep water

Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds

Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water

Tread water for 30 seconds

Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool

Climb out the pool unaided


Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the end of the course. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment.


The NPLQ is valid for 2 years from the date of the assessment.

Candidates may renew their qualification by booking a renewal assessment before the 2 year period has expired.

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