ALEXANDRIA, VA (PRWEB) October 08, 2015
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces a restructuring of its certification program to meet the rigid ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation standards.
This International Standard specifies requirements for an organization certifying persons against specific requirements, including development and maintenance of a certification program for individuals.
“As more and more states require APSP certifications for licensure, we must ensure that our certifications become the ‘gold standard’ of the industry,” said APSP Vice President of Development Patrick Giambalvo.
APSP is implementing processes for certification according to ANSI requirements so that there will be a streamlined transition to accreditation.
Certification is not a guarantee of performance by certified individuals. However, all current APSP certification holders, at all levels, have demonstrated pool and/or hot tub industry knowledge and/or skills. Certified individuals adhere to the APSP certification Code of Ethics and Conduct, and maintain their status through continued education.
As part of this change, APSP has implemented a new CEU accreditation system that only allows certain CEU’s to be applied toward certification renewal. “This move ensures that continuing education credits are applicable to the certification, much like the health care industry,” Giambalvo said.
All APSP certified individuals demonstrate a commitment to professional growth in the pool and hot tub industry and are strongly supported by APSP.
All eligibility, application, score reports, special accommodation requests and general inquiries regarding APSP certification will be handled through the APSP Certification Office, located in Alexandria, VA.
Purchases of education, membership or any other APSP services are not required to seek certification.
APSP certifications offered are: Certified Building Professional (CBP); Certified Service Professional (CSP); Certified Service Technician (CST); Certified Maintenance Specialist (CMS); and Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT).
Upcoming APSP University course offerings include:
Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT), Oct. 21-22, Phoenix
Certified Service Technician (CST) Course at EXPO, Nov. 7-9, Las Vegas
Pool and Spa Construction Course at EXPO, Nov. 7-9, Las Vegas
Certified Maintenance Specialist (CMS) Virtual Course, Nov.16
Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT) Virtual Course, Nov. 10
To see complete course and certification offerings, as well as webinars, visit APSPUniversity.org.
For more information, contact Giambalvo.
About APSP University
APSP University 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, APSP University courses are all based upon the nationally recognized ANSI/APSP/ICC pool, hot tub, 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/APSPUniversity.
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.