Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) September 03, 2014
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) Career Institute, the industry’s premier pool, spa, and hot tub training provider, announces certification courses for pool and spa builders, designers, and hot tub and service providers at the 2014 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, being held Nov. 2-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
Four courses will be offered: The Pool & Spa Construction Course (PSCC), Certified Service Technician Course (CST), Certified Hot Tub Technician Course (CHTT) and the Train the Trainer Course (TTT).
“The economy is heating up and this is the time for pool and hot tub professionals to differentiate themselves with APSP training and certification,” said APSP CEO and President Rich Gottwald. “With the largest group of pool, hot tub, spa and patio industry suppliers and manufacturers, retailers, builders, service professionals and landscape architects from around the globe in attendance at Expo, we’re pleased to offer diverse training that meets the attendees’ expectations and needs,” he added.
The Pool & Spa Construction Course, Nov. 2-4, is for novice and experienced builders who need to know more about building quality pools and spas; and for experienced pool contractors who want to enhance their technical expertise and build more challenging pools. The three-day course guides the participant through the APSP Builders Manual, gives key information to conform to industry standards and fully prepares them for the APSP CBP Certified Building Professional exam held Nov. 5 (separate application required). Attendees who successfully complete the course receive 24 continuing education hours, which can be used toward APSP certifications and recertification.
The Certified Service Technician Course, Nov. 2-4, is for individuals with at least two years of experience in pools and spa service and repair. Participants will explore key concepts and best practices outlined in the APSP Service Tech Manual with a focus on hydraulics, water quality, and troubleshooting and repair. Attendees interested in becoming certified will be eligible to participate in the Certified Service Technician (CST) exam on Nov. 5; registration for this exam is included in the course fee. This course is also highly recommended for those individuals interested in a comprehensive learning experience that will prepare them to take the Certified Service Professional Exam, Nov. 5 if they meet the requirements (separate application required). Attendees who successfully complete the course receive 24 continuing education hours, which can be used toward APSP certifications and recertification.
The Certified Hot Tub Technician Course, Nov. 3-4, focuses on the specialized and unique needs of technicians who service and repair different makes and models of portable hot tubs. The course is taught by experienced technicians who can explain key content in the APSP Hot Tub Technician Manual (including hot tub installation, structures and finishes, service and maintenance, water chemistry, seasonal care and troubleshooting), field your questions, and spark discussion among program participants. Attendees interested in becoming certified will be eligible to participate in the Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT) exam on Nov. 5; registration for this exam is included in the course fee. Attendees who successfully complete the course receive 16 continuing education hours, which can be used toward APSP certifications and recertification.
New to the Expo lineup is the Train the Trainer Course, Nov. 3. This new program is designed to train subject matter experts to teach APSP Certification courses in their workplace and in venues across the world. Upon successful completion of the program, participants may be eligible to earn an honorarium for their instruction hours. Course requisite is a Certified Building Professional or Certified Service Professional designation. Attendees who successfully complete the course receive 6 continuing education hours, which can be used toward APSP certifications and recertification.
Registration for the 2014 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo is open now. All educational seminars are ticketed events and require registration, and some APSP courses require prerequisites for participation. For more information about APSP programs offered at Expo, please contact the Career Institute at CI(at)APSP(dot)org or call 703-838-0083 ext. 274.
About the Career Institute
APSP’s Career Institute is the country’s premier pool, spa and hot tub education provider. Offered in classrooms around the country, as self-study programs, and in an on-line format, the Career Institute’s courses are all based upon the nationally recognized ANSI/APSP/ICC pool and spa standards. This means participants are learning building techniques and service and repair methods that are based on current technologies and sound research. APSP Certified professionals use state-of-the-art technology to deliver and service quality pools, spas and hot tubs. To see complete course and certification offerings, as well as webinars, visit APSP.org/CareerInstitute.
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit APSP.org.