Starting this fall, aquatics professionals can attend
classes at what industry officials hope will be the first
of many nationwide technical schools.
The Foundation for Pool & Spa Industry Education
released its first class schedule for the 2006-2007 school
year at its Sacramento, Calif., location. The schedule
includes the National Swimming Pool Foundation?s
CPO course, the Association of Pool & Spa
Professionals? training and certification programs,
and even manufacturer-led training.
The independent organization aims to establish
brick-and-mortar education centers around the nation.
Sacramento?s $1 million site is a high-tech
learning and office complex with multimedia presentation
capability, video conferencing, student computer learning
stations and Internet broadcasting for online
Executive Director Michael Orr wants to establish a
two-year Associate of Science Aquatic Technical degree at
Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. The program would
include APSP certification courses, NSPF?s CPO and
CPO instructor classes, more than 200 hours of manufacturer
instruction and 150 hours on the job.
Orr hopes to start the college program by autumn 2007.
FPSIE then will try to incorporate it throughout
California. From there, the California college system may
help market the degree throughout the United States, Orr
FPSIE plans to offer online courses next year.
Participants would still have to appear in person to
register, do lab work and take supervised tests. For more
information about FPSIE?s schedule or DVD, go to