The board of directors at the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals has approved a $1.3 million investment into education and training programs. Partnering with Hanley Wood, APSP will be upgrading and adding to its existing certification courses for both online and in classroom.
The goal of this spending is to help bring young workers into the pool and spa industries.
“This is the first major investment an APSP board has made in several years,” says Jack Manilla, board president and owner of Portofino Pools in Jacksonville, Florida. “We recognize that while the challenge to find and hire qualified workers is not limited to this industry, APSP and APSP University are in a unique position to deliver the residential, commercial, technical and business knowledge necessary to be successful in the swimming pool and hot tub industry today.”
APSP and Hanley Wood will convert existing certification courses into an e-learning format that will feature videos, interactive exercises and knowledge quizzes. New courses will be developed to address industry needs across the residential and commercial markets. Initially, there will be more than 80 subject modules.
“We plan to take our existing intellectual property, like our training manuals and workbooks, and integrate standards and the International Swimming Pool & Spa Code, to create separate subject modules that can be viewed as part of a whole course or individually, depending upon the need and learning pace of the student,” says Rich Gottwald, APSP president and CEO.