The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) have announced that the organizations will unify to form The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA). The unification – representing a joining of equals – has been formally approved by the boards of directors of both organizations, and work is currently underway to establish and formalize governance, structure, and operations. The new, unified organization is scheduled to officially begin operations on April 1st . Purpose Unification will enable the two most established and effective organizations serving the aquatics industry to create a more powerful and efficient entity to promote the fun and benefits of being in water, pools and hot tubs, to generate more swimmers, to enhance safety, and to better protect and support the interests of a broad and diverse group of members and stakeholders. Given the dramatic changes in the industry over the past decade, there had been increasing recognition by industry leaders and members alike of the tremendous potential to maximize collective investments for the greater good. After persistent effort, that potential will now become reality.
Unification will enable the two most established and effective organizations serving the aquatics industry to create a more powerful and efficient entity to promote the fun and benefits of being in water, pools and hot tubs, to generate more swimmers, to enhance safety, and to better protect and support the interests of a broad and diverse group of members and stakeholders. Given the dramatic changes in the industry over the past decade, there had been increasing recognition by industry leaders and members alike of the tremendous potential to maximize collective investments for the greater good. After persistent effort, that potential will now become reality.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the organization need to exist?
To promote and protect the aquatics lifestyle with a unifying voice that serves and engages our diverse stakeholders.
What do we strive to accomplish?
With an emphasis to “Celebrate the Water,” PHTA facilitates the expansion of: swimming, water safety, water-related education and research, and outreach activities aimed at bringing more people to water safely.
What means will we utilize to accomplish our aims?
By managing education, certifications, standards, volunteer workforce opportunities, member services, research, fundraising and grant-making.
Has there been any immediate changes to the CPO or PPSO program I should be aware of?
There are no changes to the CPO or PPSO process at this moment. Please contact an instructor to find a CPO or find a PPSO class.
Will my current CPO or PPSO certification continue to be accepted?
Yes, nothing has changed regarding educational offerings. Both courses are approved by the states requiring commercial certification for pool operators, and as long as your certification is current, it will be valid. Please contact an instructor and enroll in a CPO or PPSO class if your certification has expired or is close to expiration.
I’m an instructor for one of the organizations, would I be able to teach courses developed by the other organizations?
No. Your current status as Instructor for any of the former organizations allows you to teach ONLY the course(s) you were authorized to teach. If you wish to teach any other course, you must comply with the pre-requisites and attend an Instructor Training School.
Are you going to send new certificates with the new logo?
If current, your certificate will still be valid and recognized by other organizations and administrations. If you wish to obtain a replacement of a valid certificate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request one. The replacement fee free if faxed, and is $10.00 to have copies shipped.
My state requires legacy APSP courses for licensing, do I need to notify them of the change? Are the courses still valid?
CMS, CST, CHTT, and CBP will continue to be accepted and recognized for licensing purposes, and no need to made any changes.
Do I still need to complete and submit CEUs to retain my certification as a CST (or CMS, CHTT, CBP)?
Yes. Please ensure you submit your CEUs records along with your re-certification application, and fee.
I would like to take one of the legacy APSP courses and noticed two different price structures, what do I need to do to get the discount pricing?
One of the many advantages of the unification is that our constituents can partake of the benefits of becoming a PHTA member. When you join as a member, you are entitled to a reduced fee on all of our products, including education manuals and online courses. This reduced price is also honored at trade shows and PHTA Chapters when classes are offered. To learn about what other benefits you have when you become a member, visit our membership section
Why does my PHTA University certification logo have the PHTPA Pool & Hot Tub Professionals Association branding instead of the PHTA Pool & Hot Tub Alliance branding?
The Pool & Hot Tub Professionals Association (PHTPA) is one of the three equal organizations that comprise the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA). As part of the unification of our industry’s leading organizations all agreed that the PHTPA as the professional organization would be the owner of the copyrights and trademarks for all of the industry’s professional certifications. PHTA as the umbrella organization has an exclusive licensing agreement to market and promote the PHTPA certifications along with their trademarks and logos.