The National Swimming Pool Foundation has signed a
partnership agreement with the Independent Pool &
Spa Service Association Inc. that will further expand the
Certified Pool Operator Program.
As part of the agreement, NSPF will train 10 individuals
from IPSSA as Certified Pool-Spa Operator instructors.
Within the year, these instructors will offer CPO courses
at regional meetings in California, Texas, Arizona and
Though a timeline has not yet been established, NSPF CEO
Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., speculates that the instructors
will be ready to hold their first CPO class for IPSSA
members by early 2007, if not earlier.
For NSPF, the agreement is another in a long line of
strategic partnerships that is growing the CPO brand. Most
recently, NSPF partnered with the Association of Pool
& Spa Professionals. The trade association
terminated its PPSO program in favor of NSPF?s CPO
In addition, NSPF has promoted the CPO program through
donations to the Foundation for Pool & Spa Industry
Education, as well as agreements with the Public Health
Foundation and the National Environmental Health
?When it comes to partners, we?re not
going to reject hugs from any organization,?
Lachocki said. ?Our arms are wide open because
that?s how we think we?re going to
accomplish our mission by working with the
industry, not competing with it.?
IPSSA plans to formally unveil the partnership to its
members in its February newsletter, according to Vickie
Lester, IPSSA director. For more information, IPSSA members
should contact their regional directors, or visit
www.ipssa.com. NSPF is based in Colorado Springs, Colo.,
and certified 16,000 CPO professionals in 2005.