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  • Shop Talk: What Are You Looking Forward to Most at the PSP Expo?

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Shop Talk is a new feature in AQUA in which we ask a question to a few pros from all corners of the industry. Would you like to be featured in a future story? Email editors@aquamagazine.com.

    Today's question: What are you looking forward to most at the PSP Expo?

    Jason Vaughan

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  • Last Day to Register For APSP Expo Education

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Today is the exam registration deadline for APSP University courses at the 2016 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo. This is the last time that attendees will be able to take these courses in person this year. Click here to sign up for courses on topics ranging from construction to service to retail.

    APSP Expo Education at the PSP Expo:
    PSCC Pool & Spa Construction Course: Oct....

  • Expo Returns to New Orleans

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Show season kicks off again this year with the biggest and best opportunity to learn about new products, connect with colleagues, find new prospects and generally wander through an enclosed pool, spa and patio world — it's time for the PSP Expo!

    Get Scared At Expo This Year

    While New Orleans is certainly famous for

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  • Pool Industry Expo Celebrates Its 30th Edition

    by Eric Herman October 2016

    Pool Industry Expo celebrated its 30th installment in Monterey, Calif., Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, with a downsized show floor but enthusiastic attendance.

    Although this year’s show was confined to a compressed exhibit layout, due to an in-progress expansion of the Monterey Conference Center, organizers reported strong attendance of 4,513. Because...

  • 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...

  • Step Up Your Game with Industry Education

    by Merry Wise July 2016

    There was a time when the technology of building and servicing pools and spas remained fairly static, and product retail seemed straightforward. You could make it on a corner store with mom and pop and a guess and a handshake. Those days are long gone! You can no longer wing it in the challenging, complex and sophisticated modern business climate we face today. Continual education for yourself, your employees and even your customers has to be part of your plan to compete in the pool and spa...