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Feature Story

November 2017

APSP University Launches New Certification Course

By Chandler Garland

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) University is launching a new pool and spa certification course, based on extensive feedback from state and local health departments and industry participants.

"APSP experts devoted countless hours to ensuring that this new certification course is designed for the industry, by the industry, based on what our members, industry leaders and health officials were telling us they needed," said Rich Gottwald, APSP president and CEO. "Proceeds from the new PPSO will be reinvested in the industry and complement APSP University's other course offerings."

The new certification course will be for Professional Pool & Spa Operators (PPSO). It will cover the core skills needed for safe and efficient pool and spa operations, and is designed to meet the learning styles of both non-technical and technical students. The goal is to give PPSO students the solid foundation needed to be successful pool operators and meet health and safety standards at facilities nationwide. APSP is also encouraging more seasoned industry professionals to become PPSO instructors.

"Becoming part of the elite group of PPSO instructors is a great way to share your passion and expertise with the next generation," said Gottwald. PPSO instructors also will be provided copies of the ANSI/APSP industry standards at no charge, along with other PPSO incentives as part of APSP's commitment to expand industry professionalism.

The ANSI/APSP Industry Standards guidebook is available in both a print and e-book format, and features numerous graphics, videos and hands-on activities. The materials for this course are focused on reinforcing key learnings and meet the two-day course requirements set by health departments. Lesson plans in the instructors' guide concentrate on the fundamentals, with ample demonstrations for safe and proper techniques.

"PPSO certification marks a new era for APSP University—one in which we offer programs created with your input by your association for your professional advancement," Gottwald said.

The industry's new premier program for commercial swimming pool operators, managers, engineers, service company professionals, health officials and facility owners debuted at the 2017 International Pool, Spa and Patio Expo in a free information session. The PPSO courses will be taught nationwide starting in January 2018.

Students will be able to take the new PPSO course at the following 2018 Industry Shows: Southwest Pool & Spa Show, Mid-America Pool, Spa & Outdoor Living Show and the Western Pool & Spa Show.

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