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Winter is peak show season for industry pros, and one of the biggest shows of the year is near at hand: The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City. The show, organized by the Northeast Spa and Pool Association, is expected to be as exciting as ever, with more than 100 seminars, 400+ exhibitors and 100,000 square feet of exhibit space — so be sure to pack some comfortable shoes, because you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
The Pool & Spa Show has impressed attendees in recent years with its dedication to interactive learning, and they can expect more of the same this year. The Wall, a show highlight, is returning and bigger than ever at 2,500 square feet. This year’s exhibits will focus on automation innovations, shotcrete application, heater repairs, tile repairs and lighting design.
The seminar schedule is designed to include something for everyone, from part-time retail employee to veteran pool builder. Just a few highlights include “Shotcrete Uncovered,” “Ultimate Pool Care for the Next Decade” and “The Woes of Pool Tile: What Went Wrong?”
The APSP Wave Young Professionals Network is hosting a seminar that addresses a common-yet-sometimes-tricky career path: being part of a family-owned business. Hosted by Kyle and Justin Peek of DIY Network’s “Pool Kings,” the seminar will offer strategies and advice on how to successfully run a family-run enterprise, from two people who are doing it themselves. It will take place Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m.
The Atlantic City Convention Center1 Convention Blvd, Atlantic City, N.J.
Conference: January 28-31Exhibits: January 29-31
Exhibit Floor Hours:Tuesday, January 29: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.Wednesday, January 30: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.Thursday, January 31: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
There’s plenty to do away from the convention center, too. Make sure you’re in town the night before the show so you can catch the Welcome Party, which returns to the Saloon Bar at the Wild Wild West (Bally’s Casino). The event features live music, food, beer pong and a mechanical bull — just get your tickets early, as they tend to sell out. And on Wednesday, Jan. 30, NESPA is hosting a celebration to honor the builders who won in the Outstanding Achievement Awards competition.
See you in A.C!
8 A.M. - 5 P.M.
APSP Certified Service Technician Course (Day 1)
8:30 A.M. - 5 P.M. NSPF Certified Pool Operator (CPO) course (Day 1)
1 P.M. - 5 P.M. APSP Certified Hot Tub Technician Course (Day 1)
APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist Course (Day 1)
APSP Pool & Spa Construction Course (Day 1)
8 A.M. - 5 P.M. APSP Certified Hot Tub Technician Course (Day 2)
APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist Course (Day 2)
APSP Certified Service Technician Course (Day 2)
APSP Pool & Spa Construction Course (Day 2)
Diagnosing Plaster Finish Problems
GENESIS CONSTRUCTION 221: Site Evaluations, Instrumentation and Equipment
8:30 A.M. - 5 P.M. NSPF Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Course (Day 2)
9 A.M. - 5 P.M. National Plasterers Council (NPC) Pool Start Up Certification
12:30 P.M. - 2 P.M. Basic Water Chemistry & Testing 101
Cyber Liability Exposures
How to Build, Renovate or Repair Pools and Comply with APSP Standards (APSP University)
Landscaping Around the Pool Basics
SPANISH - Understanding the Principles of Circulation, Hydraulics & Reduced Speed Technology
12:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M. Basic Electricity For Service Techs
Preparing For The 2019 Work Force: Are You Ready?
The Anatomy of An All-Tile Pool
12:30 P.M. - 5 P.M. From Rookie to All-Star: The Fundamentals of Pool & Spa Service
1 P.M. - 5 P.M. National Plasterers Council (NPC) Pool Start Up Recertification
2:15 P.M. - 3:45 P.M. New Pool Pump Regulations: How It May Affect Your Business
Outdoor Lighting in the Hardscape and Garden
Saltwater Pool Troubleshooting: Beyond the Equipment
SPANISH - Chlorine Generators Installation & Troubleshooting
The Importance of Pool Contractors Having Fleet Safety Controls To Reduce Liability
7 P.M. - 10 P.M. Welcome Party
8 A.M. - 10 A.M. Shotcrete Uncovered
8 A.M. - 11 A.M. APSP Certified Service Technician Course (Day 3)
8 A.M. - 5 P.M. APSP Certified Hot Tub Technician Course (Day 3)
APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist Course (Day 3)
APSP Pool & Spa Construction Course (Day 3)
8:30 A.M. - 10 A.M. Codes, Liability and Safety Issues for Pool Companies (APSP University)
Detailed Overview of Employee Handbook and Importance of Job Description
Hiring Right the First Time
Intermediate Water Chemistry
Job Costing: Running Your Business by the Numbers
Pumps & Motors: Installation & Troubleshooting
SPANISH - Basic Chemistry
The Benefits of Routing & Scheduling Software
The Impact of Disinfection Byproducts and Combined Chlorine on Air and Water Quality
Understanding the Principles of Circulation, Hydraulics & Reduced Speed Technology
Zodiac Automatic Pool Cleaners
8:30 A.M. - 11:45 A.M. Chlorine Generators: Installation & Troubleshooting
Electrical Bonding & Grounding (APSP University)
Interviewing and Bonding with the Client Leak Detection Expert Panel: Tips, Tricks and
Techniques Safety Covers Measuring: Measuring For Success
State-of-the-Art Spa Details (GENESIS E201)
Taking Your Facebook Marketing to the Max
Women’s Leadership Workshop: Enhancing
Your Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills
9 A.M. - 11 A.M. Tile & Coping 2.0: Repairs & Renovations with Hands-On Workshop
10:15 A.M. - 11:45 A.M. A Leader’s Role in Conflict Management
Designing and Building the Back Yard Water Park For All Ages
Fair Labor Standards Act and Form I-9 Employment Verification
Hayward Automatic Pool Cleaners
Interior Pool Finishes: Truths & Myths-Understanding the ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC - 12 Standard (APSP University)
Myth Busters: A Comprehensive Overview of Algae & Water Mold in Swimming Pools
Refresh & Repeat: 10 Secrets To Keeping Your Store New and Exciting
SPANISH - Intermediate Chemistry
VGB Act Compliance Workshop: Design, Installation, Replacement, Documentation and Inspections (APSP University)
What’s In Your Contract?
4 P.M. - 5 P.M. Running a Successful Family Business Starts
Here — Lessons from DIY Network’s Pool Kings
8 A.M. - 10 A.M. Shotcrete Uncovered8 A.M. - 12 P.M. APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist Course (Day 4)
APSP Certified Service Technician Course (Day 4)
APSP Pool & Spa Construction Course (Day 4)
8:30 A.M. - 10 A.M. Automatic Pool Covers: What’s so Scary about Diagnosing & Troubleshooting Them?
How to Comply With the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) (APSP University)
How to Find and Keep Today’s High-End Pool Owner Customers
How to Start Creating Engaging Videos and Pictures for Your Pool Company
Light Up Your Pool With Fire and Water Features
Pentair Automatic Pool Cleaners
Streamlining Your Service Department for Maximum Profits
The Numbers Don’t Lie: How To Use Your Numbers to Make Better Company Decisions
Winterization Panel: Research into Challenges Facing The Northeast Pool Industry
8:30 A.M. - 11:45 A.M. Advanced Water Chemistry
Best Practices For Soil Design and Engineering (GENESIS E102)
Store Design On A Shoestring: Design or Renovate — Great Store Design Tips from Start to Finish
The Value of In-House Training Programs to Develop Your Employees
Vinyl Liners: Prepping For Installation, Renovations, and Repair
What You Should Know About Heater
Installations And Troubleshooting
8:30 A.M. - 3 P.M. Spa Pack Diagnostics: Advanced Troubleshooting and Repair Skills
10:15 A.M. - 11:45 A.M. 6 Key Benefits of the Modern Fiberglass Pool (APSP University)
Alexa is Playing To Win - How To Beat The Internet
An Employee’s Guide to Managing Conflict with Customers & Coworkers
AquaCal AutoPilot Automatic Pool Cleaners
Calcium Crystals vs. Scale / The Cold, Hard
Truth about Water Balance
Creating Effective Content For Your Online
Marketing and Websites
Energy Audits for Commercial Aquatic Facilities
SPANISH - Advanced Hydraulics: Healthy Filtration on Steroids
SPANISH - Pool Lighting and Display Strategy
Ultimate Pool Care for the Next Decade
Why Should I Hire You? How To Host The
1 P.M. - 5 P.M. APSP Certification Exam Testing Day
7 P.M. Outstanding Achievement Awards Celebration
8:30 A.M. - 10 A.M. Changes to the NEC 680 in the 2017 and 2020 Editions
Commercial Pool & Spa Leak Detection
Construction Techniques for a Vanishing Edge Pool (GENESIS C408)
Developing Leaders Around You
Hybrid Heaters: Sizing, Installation & Service of Solar/Gas/Heat Pump Hybrids
Pool Lighting Display & Strategy
Pricing Strategies For Profits Plus
Proper Pool Care: An Examination of Myth and Fact
SPANISH - Variable Speed Pumps
The Woes of Pool Tile: What Went Wrong?
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