The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is
creating a nationwide clearinghouse for educational
Dubbed the Career Institute, the new branch will have
its own polices and procedures and will fall under the
authority of the APSP board of directors.
The idea is to streamline educational offerings and make
certification more accessible. This includes APSP?s
own programs, manufacturers, the National Swimming Pool
Foundation, the Foundation for Pool & Spa Industry
Education, and myriad of other venues.
The idea came in the wake of a survey conducted by
Duluth, Ga.-based P.K. Data. The survey found that what
people wanted most from their APSP membership was
But getting education can be very costly, said Kathleen
Carlson, an APSP board member on the education task force.
?There is the cost of sending [employees] away and
putting them up in hotel rooms. Some of these classes are
two to five days long and means additional investment. We
had to make it more accessible for everyone.?
The education task force also realized that there was
too much redundancy within the industry?s many
educational offerings. The newly created Career Institute
will establish the specific learning points and discern
what courses cover them. This will include classes offered
by manufacturers as well.
In addition to streamlining educational opportunities,
the Career Institute will also help industry members track
their progress toward certification. In some cases, people
are not aware how close they are to qualify for
certification. APSP wants it to get underway by next