The National Swimming Pool Foundation and the
Association of Pool & Spa Professionals have reached
an agreement to end the APSP?s certification
Under the agreement, APSP will no longer offer the
Professional Pool & Spa Operator course it started
two years ago. This allows both organizations to
concentrate more closely on their respective missions, said
Thomas Lachocki, CEO of NSPF.
PPSO operators and instructors can transition gradually
to NSPF?s Certified Pool Operator program. The PPSO
status will remain in effect for those who have earned it.
When operators? PPSO certification is up for
renewal, however, they must go through NSPF to take CPO
As part of the agreement, NSPF will translate key APSP
materials, including Tech I, Tech II, Certified Service
Professional and Certified Building Professional manuals,
into Spanish over the next year. NSPF has already
translated its CPO manual.
APSP expects the new translations to help its
membership. NSPF also will allow APSP to award $30,000
worth of NSPF?s research grant money each year for
the next three years to recipients of its choice. Plus,
APSP will earn income by selling some NSPF materials,
including the new Certified Pool-Spa Inspector program.
APSP made this move because it thought the two operator
programs were redundant, said Guy Larsen, the
association?s outgoing chair. ?When we
created the PPSO program a few years back, the CPO course
had not been reviewed and updated in quite some time, so it
was kind of behind the times,? he said.
Some hoped the PPSO program would be a new revenue
source for APSP after it sold the International Pool
& Spa Expo to Hanley Wood, LLC, which also owns
Aquatics International. But in the final analysis,
lost revenue wasn?t a concern, said Bill Weber,
APSP president/CEO .
In other related news, APSP?s board
reincorporated the International Aquatics Foundation, the
new standards-writing body, back into APSP. Originally,
APSP created IAF to protect itself from the kind of
lawsuits that caused its Chapter 11 reorganization. Rather,
Weber said IAF would be interpreted as a full-blown trade
group, making it unable to seek grants from groups such as
NSPF. This would leave IAF more dependent on APSP for
support, and too closely linked to protect APSP from