APSP presenting training courses at Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

Expo set for Nov. 5-7 at Orange County Convention Center

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), sponsor of the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, is presenting a new lineup of professional certification and comprehensive training courses at this year’s Expo.

The 2014 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo will be held Nov. 5-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., with the conference set for Nov. 2-7.

“If you’re looking for pool and hot tub training that’s hands-on and personal, and taught by seasoned professionals, the APSP educational offerings at the Expo are for you,” APSP CEO and President Rich Gottwald said. “APSP training and certification help individuals to develop a culture of professional quality. We’re seeing that translate into more sales, giving you the competitive edge.”

The APSP Pool & Spa Construction Course (PSCC) is for novice and experienced builders who need to know more about building quality pools and spas, and for experienced pool contractors who want to enhance their technical expertise and build more challenging pools. The course delves into the APSP Builders Manual and gives key information to conform to industry standards. This course is recommended for those preparing for the CBP Certified Building Professional exam, offered on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The APSP Certified Service Technician Course (CST) is for individuals with at least two years of experience in pool and spa service and repair. Participants will explore key concepts and best practices outlined in the APSP Service Tech Manual with a focus on hydraulics, water quality and troubleshooting and repair. This course is also recommended for those preparing to take the Certified Service Professional Exam.

The APSP Certified Hot Tub Technician Course (CHTT) will focus on the specialized and unique needs of technicians who service and repair different makes and models of portable hot tubs. The course is taught by experienced technicians who can explain the manual content, field questions and spark discussion among program participants. The manual focuses on key topics including hot tub installation, structures and finishes, service and maintenance, water chemistry, seasonal care and troubleshooting.

The Train the Trainer Course (TTT) is designed to help train people—both employees in the workplace and in conducting training activities in other environments. It is for a subject matter expert who needs to know how to organize what they know for presentation to others.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to take the CBP, CSP, CST and CHTT Exams at the PSP Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 2-5 p.m. While anyone can participate in the APSP education offerings, 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. The program requirements are fully outlined at www.apsp.org/csp. Advanced registration and application is required.

The APSP Education packages are ticketed events and seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged. The APSP pre-conference education courses (TTT, CHTT, CST and PSCC) include a Super Pass (seminars on Wednesday-Friday), the Expo on Wednesday-Friday, the Keynote, the Welcome Party and the BBQ Bash (must register to attend).

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