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2011 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo to feature APSP Technical Service Institute

Offering service professionals an opportunity to match professional certification with comprehensive training, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) will offer its advanced educational programs prior to the 2011 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Presented by the APSP Service Council, the APSP Technical Service Institute, part of the APSP Career Institute, is a two-day training program covering the most challenging service issues with solutions that can save time and money.

"In today's fast-moving environment, it's not enough for pool/spa service professionals to do what they did last year," said Bill Weber, president and CEO of APSP, the show's official sponsor. "By completing the APSP Technical Service Institute program, attendees will vault to the top of their game in this hyper-competitive industry we live in."

Classes on Monday, Oct. 31, include:

+ YOU: The Official ADA Expert for Your Customers
+ Demystifying the Chemistry of Salt Water Chlorine Generation
+ Selecting, Installing & Maintaining Salt Water Chorine Generators
+ Stains: What are They? Where Did They Come From?
+ Traditional Start-Up for Plaster and Other Finishes
+ Start-Up for Fiberglass and Vinyl Liner Pools

Classes on Tuesday, Nov. 1, include:

+ OSHA Safety Training for Technicians
+ Myths of Metal Staining
+ Acid Start-Up for Plaster and Other Finishes
+ Bicarbonate Start-Up for Plaster and Other Finishes

A behind-the-scenes tour of Mandalay Bay Shark Reef will also be held on Tuesday.

Technical Service Institute speakers include John Caden, Geoffrey Brown, John Naquin, Barry Driks, Randy Dukes, Lance Sada, Tommy Johnson, Jason J. Karamanol, Dennis Chapman, Dr. Joseph Laurino, Chris Romero, Kevin Kostka and Kim Skinner.

For attendees wanting a more comprehensive professional development experience, the three-day APSP Technical Service Institute + CBP Prep Course offers the APSP Technical Service Institute in addition to the CBP Certified Service Professional Certification Prep Course and Exam, leading to the highest level of professional certification in the industry.

While anyone can participate in the Technical Service Institute, attendees must have five or more years of industry experience and 24 hours of continuing education credits to qualify to take the CSP exam and prep course.

Registration

The APSP Career Institute packages are ticketed events and seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged to ensure access to the program.

The APSP Technical Service Institute + CBP Prep Course includes admission to the three-day program; the Certified Service Program Prep Course; the APSP Service Tech Manual (4th Edition); the Certified Service Program Exam (if qualified); a Super Pass; as well as admission to the Expo, one of the three Power Panels, the Welcome Party at LAX, the APSP Live Workshops and the Saber BBQ & Beer Bash. Advance prices are $880 for APSP members and $1,380 for non-members.

The APSP Technical Service Institute Monday/Tuesday Pass includes admission to the two-day program, a Super Pass, as well as admission to the Expo, one of the three Power Panels, the Welcome Party at LAX, the APSP Live Workshops and the Saber BBQ & Beer Bash. Advance prices are $630 for APSP members and $730 for non-members.

The APSP Technical Service Institute Tuesday Pass includes admission to the one-day program, a Super Pass, as well as admission to the Expo, one of the three Power Panels, the Welcome Party at LAX, the APSP Live Workshops and the Saber BBQ & Beer Bash. Advance prices are $370 for APSP members and $470 for non-members.

To register for these programs, attendees should visit www.poolspapatio.com/attendee, where program schedules and additional information is posted. Discounted registration rates are available through Sept. 30. For more information, call 972.536.6350 or 888.869.8522.

The 2011 International Pool | Patio | Spa Expo will be held Nov. 2-4, in the Bayside Halls at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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