education and events

Design Courses

Ready to launch your design skills to a new level? GENESIS® offers courses dedicated to advancing your knowledge in everything from basic drawing and computer modeling to advanced water feature design.

Interested in bringing GENESIS® faculty to your office/facility to meet with your team? An in-person GENESIS® program tailored to your team would save travel time and expenses for your staff and provide all with the same education to provide your company with an edge over the competition. Contact Jeanne Mendelson, PHTA Vice President of Education and Events.


In-person courses include PHTA-hosted events as well as industry conferences and tradeshows.

at Southwest Pool & Spa Show


February 8-9
Southwest Pool & Spa Show
Houston, TX
16 hours | 1.6 IACET CEUs | 16 PHTA CEUs
$1,690 PHTA Member / $2,190 Non-member


This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of good design and will teach you how to lay out the different improvements in your projects (e.g. pool, spa, patio, etc.). We will break the fundamentals down into two categories: the Elements of Design and the Principles of Design. Once you have a good grasp of the fundamentals, you will learn how to apply them. We will start with short practice exercises and build up to a final project: creating a master plan that includes a pool and spa.

This is a required course to become a Certified Expert Pool Builder & Design Professional.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss fundamental Elements (e.g., line, color, and form) and Principles (e.g., unity, balance, and scale) of design
  • Define perceptual skills and a better understanding of spatial organization and spatial relationships
  • Use these concepts to design beautiful spaces that connect with the surrounding environment
  • Use your communication skills to accurately portray your design intent to the client

Instructor: Kate Wiseman, MLA

Read our registration and cancellation policy.



Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Strategic Partners:

  • Fluidra
  • Hayward
  • Lou
  • Lyon Financial
  • MCC
  • Pentair
  • Raypak

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