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  • APSP Offers Broad Education Lineup

    by AQUA Editors September 2016

    APSP will offer more than 27 live virtual and online self-paced courses this fall and winter, a comprehensive education schedule design to meet a wide range of needs. Course topics range from pool and spa construction, maintenance and retailing, providing a convenient opportunity to develop and hone skills among company staff.

    Live virtual and online formats allow students to receive training without travel expenses, and computerized testing tracks skill development on a day-to-day...

  • Course of Action: APSP’s Education Program Evolving

    by Barrett Kilmer August 2016

    Mid-June is a busy time of the year for Bob Blanda, owner of Mill Bergen Pools in Brooklyn, N.Y. Salespeople are swamped, construction crews are crazy and Bob is hard to get on the phone. We did eventually track him down in his car, driving from one work site to another.

    "Right now, I could really use eight more guys who know what they're doing. But they're not around," he says. "Anybody who's worth their salt is busy, and if there is somebody floating around looking for work,...

  • APSP, NSPF Take Major Step Toward Unification

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    The boards of APSP and NSPF have agreed to hire Washington, D.C.-based AH, a professional services firm, to lead the unification process for the two aquatic organizations.

    AH specializes in helping non-profit organizations achieve their mission, create value, and advance their causes.  President & CEO Bob Waller, CAE, stated, “This initiative will be extremely positive for the aquatics industry and we are excited to be partnering with the APSP and the NSPF on this...

  • APSP Courses, Computerized Testing At Expo

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    APSP University announces five certification courses scheduled for pool and spa builders, designers and hot tub and service providers at the 2016 International Pool | Spa |Patio Expo, Oct. 30 to Nov. 4 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. 

    The lineup of APSP University courses includes: 

    PSCC Pool & Spa Construction Course - Designed for novice and experienced pool and spa builders, as well as designers who need to know more about...

  • APSP’s Vegas CBP Class Reg. Closes Next Week

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    APSP University is pleased to announce that it will give its CBP Certified Building Professional Prep Course and Exam at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event, hosted by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) will take place September 16 and 17.  The $899 registration fee includes the following: the online self-paced Pool & Spa Construction Course, online self-paced Cracking the CBP Exam course, the in-person CBP Prep Course along with the APSP Builders...

  • Pump Standards Agreement Reached

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    An agreement between industry, efficiency proponents, and other interested parties for the first national energy efficiency standards for pool pumps was approved last week by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advisory committee.

    Based on DOE’s analysis, the standards will save more than 400 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity over 30 years of sales or the equivalent amount of electricity used annually by 37 million U.S. households, making it one of the biggest energy savings...

  • APSP Awards Lowry Grant

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has awarded the 2016 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to Riverside County California Department of Environmental Health at the National Environmental Health Association/Department of Housing and Urban Development Conference in San Antonio, TX.

    Given in the memory of Dr. Robert Neil Lowry, a long-time member of APSP and the Recreational Water Quality...

  • Study: Safety is Paramount for Customers Interested in a Pool or Spa

    by Barrett Kilmer July 2016

    Last fall APSP hired leading consumer research firm Gallup to poll pool owners and non-owners about their attitudes toward its members' products. The company gathered more than 4,000 completed surveys covering a wide range of pool-related issues, including key drivers behind decisions to buy and factors that prevented non-owners from considering pool purchases.

    Many results were predictable and positive, such as the value consumers placed on the family togetherness and health...

  • New APSP Chapter Forms in Pacific NW

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    APSP has a new chapter called the Pacific Northwest APSP chapter, with members from both Oregon and Washington state. The new Pacific NW chapter was created by pool and spa professionals who were formerly members of chapters in Seattle and Portland, but no longer had active APSP chapters in which to participate.

    “Several of us from both regions decided that it was time to pull together individuals and companies that wanted to revitalize the group to create a new chapter with a...

  • APSP Appoints New RWQ Members

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Four new members have been appointed to the Recreational Water Quality Committee of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. Joseph Laurino, president and CEO of Periodic Products, joins the RWQ Committee as chairman. Laurino replaces Stanley Pickens, who has stepped down after a long tenure of exceptional service. 

    Also new on the RWQ Committee are Jeff Boynton, general manager of Delta UV Corporation; Kenneth Gregory, compliance and safety manager of aquatic systems for...