• What You Need to Know About APSP-16 and VGB

    by Barrett Kilmer March 2018

    The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals is preparing an updated version of the ANSI/APSP-16 standard, a key provision in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act that deals with the testing, installation and performance of pool and spa drain covers. The changes were prompted by an APSP-16 committee review of the standard to primarily review and update the testing and performance protocols.

    “We were talking through the various testing steps, when one test lab said, ‘We...

  • Up and Running

    by Barrett Kilmer March 2018

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals rolled out an online and modularized version of its popular Certified Maintenance Specialist course last November in an effort to bring training to a new generation of pool and spa pros. The other five residential certification courses that make up APSP University are slated to follow suit by the middle of the year. It's an ambitious undertaking, but one the Board of Directors deemed crucial when it approved $1.3 million in funding for the...

  • Lonza Renews Strategic Partnership with APSP

    by AQUA Editors March 2018

    APSP is proud to announce that Lonza has renewed its platinum level and WAVE Network sponsorship through 2018.

    “We’re excited to continue this partnership,” says APSP President and CEO Lawrence Caniglia. “For years, Lonza has proved itself to be a committed partner in the development and growth of the pool, spa and hot tub industry.”

    The APSP Partnership Program is the most direct method for a corporation to support the mission of APSP. A variety of partnerships are...

  • Mustering An Army of Instructors

    by Barrett Kilmer February 2018

    When APSP decided to reintroduce it's shelved PPSO (Professional Pool & Spa Operator) commercial certification program last year, it faced a couple of challenges. It needed money and manpower to update the course, naturally, and the Association had a lot of work to do to spread the word that there was a new way to earn one's stripes as a commercial operator. But what about readying the corps of instructors needed to bring the material to the masses?

    AQUA spoke with Silvia Uribe,...

  • Zodiac Pool Systems Renews WAVE Network Sponsorship

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    APSP is proud to announce that Zodiac Pool Systems has renewed its WAVE Network sponsorship through 2018.

    The WAVE Young Professionals Network is a group of forward-thinking APSP members who are the industry’s future leaders. They join WAVE as a great way to connect and amplify their voices as they face the same challenges and opportunities.

    “As we look to the future, we’re excited about investing in our next generation of industry and association leaders,” says Rich...

  • APSP’s International Partners Host APSP University Courses Abroad

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    APSP expanded its educational offerings with international partners by conducting two training programs in Mexico and the United Kingdom this past November.

    The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association held the first Certified Hot Tub Technician course in the United Kingdom on November 27-29. Held at the Pollet Pool Group in Newbury, the three-day course ushered in a new era in hot tub training for U.K.-based professionals.

    “We’re so pleased to be able to roll out this...

  • APSP's 2017 In Review: An Aggressive Agenda

    by Barrett Kilmer January 2018

    By any measure, 2017 was a good year for the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. The trade group invested heavily in education and advocacy, its core competencies, and created a commercial council and a networking group for budding pool pros, all while managing to end the fiscal year in the black. Rich Gottwald, APSP's president and CEO, is understandably proud of what his staff, the volunteers and the association's membership accomplished in the past year and the firm footing it...

  • APSP Water Conservation Efficiency Standard Approved by ANSI

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announce that the American National Standards Institute has approved its ANSI/APSP/ICC-13 2017 American National Standard for Water Conservation Efficiency in Residential and Public Pools, Spas, Portable Spas and Swim Spas.

    This Standard covers methods and technologies to increase the efficient use and conservation of water. It applies to both new and existing facilities to address water use by pools, spas, portable spas and swim spas,...

  • Learning Evolution

    by Daniel Seeger December 2017

    Among the many ways in which the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals serves the industry, few require as much rigor as the development of professional learning opportunities. Not only must every course and textbook keep up to date with regulatory shifts, but APSP leaders also wanted those educational materials to be available in a digital format for greater accessibility.

    The sheer scope of these updates — especially on the technological side, which involved APSP approving a...

  • International Alliance Launched to Advance Global Pool and Spa Industry

    by AQUA Editors December 2017

    Representatives from 16 countries gathered at the Aquanale conference in Cologne, Germany, last month to form the World Alliance of Pool & Spa Associations, or WAPSA. The United States, represented by APSP President & CEO Rich Gottwald, joins Australia, Germany, France, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Turkey in the new union.

    Designed to protect and promote the industry, the WAPSA will specifically...