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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.



May 16, 18, 23, 25
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. ET
12 hours | 1.2 IACET CEUs | 12 PHTA CEUs
$1,690 PHTA Member / $1,890 Non-member

Registration Closed

Water features have been a part of the landscape since ancient times. Are you familiar with the world's most famous water features? Can you effectively answer questions from your clients about them? Dive into the world of water history. This course will guide you through the world's most renowned swimming pools and water features from ancient (the world's first known swimming pool), historical (Versailles), to today's contemporary installations (Marina Bay Sands; Amangiri Resort, Utah). We'll identify the who's who of today's most influential water feature designers and why this knowledge is necessary to relate to your clientele.

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

*Virtual Training Information: Additional homework and supplemental studies will be included in the curriculum for students to complete outside of class hours.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the history of water features.
  • Review historic water features and vessels, from ancient water features through the 21st Century.
  • Identify global water features.
  • Discuss contemporary features.
  • Examine how history incorporates into the design and development of a student’s creation today.

Instructor: Kate Wiseman, MLA


May 17, 19, 24, 26
6 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET
16 hours | 1.6 IACET CEUs | 16 PHTA CEUs
$1,690 PHTA Member / $1,890 Non-member

Registration closed. If you are interested in taking this course, please call 703-838-0083 x 144.

"The pool is but a mirror, reflecting that which you wish to accentuate beyond it." As part of the new GENESIS Master Designer Methods series, Instructor Kirk Bianchi will retrain your thinking of water vessel design. "The pool is often built first in the sequence of outdoor improvements. For the best integration, however, it should actually be designed last." Bianchi's method will require students to rethink their design approach, with a landscape-based process that considers the functionality of the entire space first. The course lecture and projects will focus on sightlines, living spaces, traffic flow, spatial considerations, and more.

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

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze art examples; review principal areas of composition.
  • Identify categories of outdoor spaces.
  • Define site elements that occupy and enhance the function and esthetic of the space.
  • Review case studies on the use of outdoor space.

Instructor: Kirk Bianchi



Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Strategic Partners:

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

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