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International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

 

Dive In & Deck Out!

The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo™, co-located with Deck Expo (PSP/Deck Expo) is where all segments of the industry (pool, spa, patio, decking, and outdoor living) gather to stay well-informed of the trends, market directions, and technology. The event offers industry professionals a large selection of educational sessions, an expo hall, and various networking opportunities.

The 2024 event will be November 9-14 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX.

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PSP/Deck Expo is the only comprehensive, far-reaching, and industry-connected event.

Dive In to the experience, and Deck Out with the best networking, education, and technology to propel your business forward. PSP/Deck Expo is dedicated to the success of your business. Interact with industry leaders, ask questions to top manufacturers, and learn about how to thrive in today's pool, spa, and outdoor living industry.

Hotel Accommodations

By booking through onPeak, the only official hotel vendor for PSP/Deck Expo, you will be able to make reservations in our block, all while receiving the best possible rates and access to exclusive discounts and perks.

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Schedule at a Glance

Looking for a guide to all things PHTA at PSP/Deck Expo? See below for a preliminary list of available PHTA and GENESIS® pre-conference education during the conference.

Education

PHTA and GENESIS® will be offering the following education sessions. Click on the course title for full course information. Early Access! C201: GENESIS® CONSTRUCTION SCHOOL: Concrete Pools is now open for early registration. Sign up here. Do you want to be notified when registration officially opens? Click the button below!

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Pre-Conference Sessions:

CBP

Sat/Sun/Mon, November 9-11
8am - 5pm
24 Hours, 2.4 IACET CEUs, 24 PHTA CEUs
$2,090 PHTA Member | $2,590 Non-member

Early Access! Pre-register for C201 today and get your CBP Exam for free! Fill out this form and we will be in touch when registration officially opens!

This comprehensive concrete construction school is one of two programs that satisfies the education requirement to sit for the Certified Builder Professional (CBP) exam. Attendees spend three days with a team of expert faculty, learning all of the necessary disciplines for building a structurally sound water vessel. Topics covered include site analysis, introductory fluid engineering, geotechnical and structural engineering that includes a review of difficult sites, shotcrete, waterproofing, tile, interior finishes, coping, and concrete decking. The course concludes with an interactive walkthrough of a complex project from start to finish.

This program is designed to move each student through all phases of concrete pool construction in great detail, unlike anything else offered in the industry. Attendees have the opportunity to learn from top experts in their field, ask questions, and begin a relationship with the faculty that doesn't end when the class is over. GENESIS® courses deliver the highest quality education in the industry and are the only approved courses to satisfy the requirements for the Certified Pool Builder and Design Professional Pathway.

This is a required course to become a Certified Builder Professional.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss Basic Pool Plumbing, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering
  • Define Layout, Forming and Excavation, Infrastructure Coordination, Shotcrete, Waterproofing
  • List Basic Tile and Coping, Concrete Decking, Pre-Plaster Preparation, Cementitious Pool Finishes
  • Discuss Startup, Punch List and Project Closeout, Project Profile

Instructors:

  • Greg Andrews
  • Terry Brannon, P.E.
  • Randy Dukes

Course Includes:

  • C201 – Concrete Pools Manual
  • Pool Surface Problems and Solutions Book
  • PSP/Deck Expo Conference Super Pass
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Please note: If you would like to take the Certified Builder Professional (CBP) Exam onsite in Dallas upon completion of this course, please submit the application at least two weeks prior to arriving in Dallas.

Sat/Sun, November 9-10
8am - 5pm
16 Hours, 1.6 IACET CEUs, 16 PHTA CEUs
$1,690 PHTA Member | $2,190 Non-member

The single greatest challenge for Swimming Pool Contractors (SPC) to expand their business is the lack of competent and accountable construction managers and superintendents. Although being an engineer, a skilled craftsman, or having pool industry experience is helpful, it is certainly not a prerequisite to becoming a quality superintendent. The likely candidate is trained! In this course, we will explore what makes a good construction superintendent, and how they are an integral part of running a profitable business that provides quality work in a timely period with a reasonable (or greater!) client satisfaction of the product result.

Learning Objectives:

  • Defining the need for a functional organization structure whether the organization is a one-person operation or a team of many
  • Learning and understanding why establishing policies and procedures will make the organization more reliable, more manageable, and consistently successful
  • Providing insight and training for basic managerial functions, making you more effective in a managing supervisor role
  • Identifying the subfunctions performed by the construction management team and why they are essential to the operational success of the organization
  • Providing guidelines for the superintendent and field oversight to ensure accountability and product quality
  • Introducing guidelines to establish a job opening procedure for launching a project in a predictable and reliable manner
  • Establishing a job closeout procedure to achieve project completion and transfer of ownership responsibility to the client

Instructor: Robert Baxter, Advanced CBP

Course Includes:

  • PSP/Deck Expo Conference Super Pass
  • Lunches for the duration of the course
ExpertCBP

Sat/Sun, November 9-10
8am - 5pm
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 and 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

Course Includes:

  • Drawing Supplies
  • PSP/Deck Expo Conference Super Pass
  • Lunches for the duration of the course
ExpertCBP

Sat/Sun, November 9-10
8am - 5pm
16 Hours, 1.6 IACET CEUs, 16 PHTA CEUs
$1,690 PHTA Member | $2,190 Non-member

Looking through a magazine of pools, it is easy to find well-conceived plans that failed to unify the design with proper material and color selections. Color is one of our basic means of communication and it influences our emotions, so it must be understood and controlled. This program introduces the basic dynamics of color; its principles, fundamentals, and psychology; and how to apply the science to project design.

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

Learning Objectives:

  • List light, vision, and color physics, color theory, primary colors, mixing, blends, color wheel
  • Discuss color psychology, how color affects the viewer, influences of color and texture on purchasing decisions
  • Understand the makeup of a color DNA and the ability to reproduce and match colors
  • Understand the meaning of the color illusion and work through case studies analyzing how color can make or break the design concept

Instructor: Feras Irikat

Course Includes:

  • Art supplies
  • PSP/Deck Expo Conference Super Pass
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Mon, November 11
8am - 12pm
4 Hours, 0.4 IACET CEUs, 4 PHTA CEUs
$399 PHTA Member | $699 Non-member

Heating pools and spas has become more and more popular with homeowners as leisure time has increased and owners desire longer seasons in which to use their pools. However, heating costs have risen with the cost of fuels, particularly fossil fuels and electricity, and owners would like options.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate each of the heating alternatives in common and not so common use today, heat sources such as fossil fuels (natural gas, LPG), electricity (resistance), heat pumps, solar, geothermal, and common boiler systems with heat exchangers
  • Evaluate first the thermodynamics, that is, the flow of heat both into a pool or spa and the loss of heat through conduction, convection, and radiation
  • Discuss the efficiency ratings and what they mean
  • Identify the impact of evaporation on pool and spa heating and the effectiveness of evaporation and insulating barriers. After evaluating the heat losses, the sizing of units will be discussed for each heat source
  • Discuss the cost of operation including the true cost of fuels, life cycle, and replacement

Instructor: Terry Brannon, P.E.

Course Includes:

  • PSP/Deck Expo Conference Super Pass

Mon, November 11
1pm - 5pm
4 Hours, 0.4 IACET CEUs, 4 PHTA CEUs
$399 PHTA Member | $699 Non-member

The mystical world of electrical elements can be overwhelming, but as a pool builder it is your responsibility to understand the basics of electricity generation and distribution, as well as being able to spot good vs hazardous work. This course will explore electrical work in and around the pool: from underwater and landscaping lighting to low voltage lighting and firepits, to grounding and ground fault circuit interrupters, you will have a better understanding of the electrical elements surrounding pools.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review wiring, panelboard and conduit materials, and sizing
  • Identify proper clearances around, overhead, and laterally to panels, electrical equipment, appliances, and pools
  • Understand a pool contractor's liability and responsibilities when using subcontractors

Instructor: Jake Muller

Course Includes:

  • PSP/Deck Expo Conference Super Pass

Mon, November 11
8am - 5pm
8 Hours, 0.8 IACET CEUs, 8 PHTA CEUs
$799 PHTA Member | $1,099 Non-member

Health and wellness continue to be a growing movement in our lives, and that includes in the pool and spa world. Even if "wellness" isn't on the forefront of your client's mind, it exists in the background of their desires. As our customers envision their personal space as not just for living and fun, but as a way to create a wellness oasis, it is our responsibility to help them achieve their health goals. This course will help you take steps to integrate wellness into your business model.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review wellness staples, basics, and progressive trends
  • Integrate wellness opportunities into your designs and business model
  • Identify opportunities to upsell wellness into your projects

Instructor: Joel-Eric Mignault, Master CBP

Course Includes:

  • PSP/Deck Expo Conference Super Pass
cpo

Sat/Sun, November 9-10
8am - 5pm
16 Hours, 1.6 IACET CEUs, 16 PHTA CEUs
$625 PHTA Member | $750 Non-member

The Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) Certification is the world's leading verifiable pool and spa training credential for aquatic facility maintenance personnel, health officials, retailers, property owners, and other professionals. CPO® certification provides individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. This training has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities. Upon course completion and successfully passing the exam, students will become Certified Pool & Spa Operators® (CPO®).

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify code requirements
  • Understand inspection, operation, and maintenance procedures
  • Recognize components of a circulation system
  • Understand the purpose of the VGB Act
  • Identify spa regulations
  • Understand recreational water illness treatment and prevention
  • Identify the cause and treatment of water problems
  • Recognize the unique qualities and care of aquatic play features

Instructor: Russell Fausnaugh

Course Includes:

  • CPO Instruction
  • CPO Workbook, Handouts, and Worksheets
  • CPO Exam
  • PSP/Deck Expo Conference Super Pass
  • Lunches for the duration of the course
cpo

Sat/Sun, November 9-10
8am - 5pm
16 Hours, 1.6 IACET CEUs, 16 PHTA CEUs
$625 PHTA Member | $750 Non-member

El programa de certificación Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) es el programa de educación y certificación líder en el mundo para mantener las piscinas más seguras y abiertas. Más de 700.000 estudiantes han sido formados desde 1973. La certificación CPO proporciona a las personas el conocimiento, las técnicas y las habilidades necesarias para el funcionamiento adecuado de la piscina.

Objetivos de aprendizaje:

  • Reducir los riesgos dentro y alrededor del agua
  • Prevenir ahogamientos, enfermedades en aguas recreativas, atrapamiento por succión, evisceración, accidentes de buceo, electrocuciones, peligros químicos y resbalones y caídas
  • Abordar las directrices reglamentarias
  • Mantener la desinfección y el equilibrio hídrico
  • Gestionar los problemas de agua
  • Realizar la resolución de problemas, las pruebas químicas y el mantenimiento de registros
  • Gestionar la alimentación de productos químicos
  • Utilizar la automatización y la tecnología

Instructor: Jua Serrano

Curso incluye:

  • Instrucción CPO
  • Libro de CPO, folletos y hojas de trabajo
  • Examen CPO
  • PSP/Deck Expo Conference Super Pass
  • Almuerzo durante la duración del curso
cms

Sat/Sun/Mon, November 9-11
8am - 5pm
24 Hours, 2.4 IACET CEUs, 24 PHTA CEUs
$1,099 PHTA Member | $1,499 Non-member

This course takes you through the PHTA Service Tech Manual and gives you what you need to know to conform to industry standards. Whether you are starting out in the pool industry, have a new business, or want to ensure all your employees are recognized as the top of their craft, this course is the perfect opportunity! When you earn the CMS certification, you also earn a name for yourself in the pool industry as a maintenance person in the know.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand safety, pool circulation and filtration, pool maintenance, and water quality
  • Learn about other important topics such as electrical systems, pool structures and finishes, heaters and controls, and customer service

Instructor: Kevin Tucker

Course Includes:

  • CMS Instruction
  • PHTA Service Tech Manual
  • CMS Workbook
  • PSP/Deck Expo Conference Super Pass
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Please note: If you would like to take the Certified Pool & Spa Maintenance Specialist (CMS) Exam onsite in Dallas upon completion of this course, please submit the application at least two weeks prior to arriving in Dallas.

chtt

Sun/Mon, November 10-11
8am - 5pm
16 Hours, 1.6 IACET CEUs, 16 PHTA CEUs
$899 PHTA Member | $1,399 Non-member

The Certified Hot Tub Technician course provides students a range of practical knowledge on servicing and troubleshooting factory-built hot tubs, regardless of brands. Industry experts will provide hands-on experience regarding hot tub chemistry, examine electrical systems, circulation, and filtration while learning tips and tricks for basic repairs to interior surfaces. Upon successful completion of the course and CHTT certification exam, students will have earned the certification title of CHTT.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review basic safety considerations for tools used on the job
  • Explain the concept of volts, amps, ohms, and conductors
  • Describe circulation system components and hot tub plumbing configurations
  • Identify key factors in potential pump motor replacement
  • Identify major functions of components of the control unit

Instructor: Bob Barzilay, Master CBP

Course Includes:

  • CHTT Instruction
  • PHTA Certified Hot Tub Technician Manual
  • CHTT Workbook
  • PSP/Deck Expo Conference Super Pass
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Please note: If you would like to take the Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT) Exam onsite in Dallas upon completion of this course, please submit the application at least two weeks prior to arriving in Dallas.

cst

Sat/Sun/Mon, November 9-11
8am - 5pm
24 Hours, 2.4 IACET CEUs, 24 PHTA CEUs
$1,299 PHTA Member | $1,799 Non-member

The Service Technician Course (CST) provides 24 hours of education for service technicians looking to elevate their knowledge. The course reviews common problems regarding pool finishes and examines potential solutions. Students will explore circulation, filtration, hydraulics, and electricity, culminating in a well-rounded understanding of potential problems and solutions. Upon successful completion of the course and CST certification exam, students will have earned the certification title of CST.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify pool finish problems and solutions
  • Review best circulation practices
  • Examine filtration, hydraulics, and electrical functions

Instructor: Joseph Stockley

Course Includes:

  • CST Instruction
  • PHTA Service Technician Manual
  • CST Workbook
  • PSP/Deck Expo Conference Super Pass
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Please note: If you would like to take the Certified Pool & Spa Service Technician (CST) Exam onsite in Dallas upon completion of this course, please submit the application at least two weeks prior to arriving in Dallas.

cpi

Mon, November 11
8am - 12pm
4 Hours, 0.4 IACET CEUs, 4 PHTA CEUs
$249 PHTA Member | $349 Non-member

The Certified Pool & Spa Inspector (CPI) course creates a foundation for health officials and pool operators to conduct pool and spa inspections to support the assurance of a sanitary, healthy, and safe environment for staff and patrons of public swimming pools and spas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basis for code requirements and why a violation is a public health hazard
  • Perform an inspection of the pool and spa area
  • Evaluate swimming pool operation and maintenance
  • Assess the circulation system and its components
  • Evaluate a facility for VGB Act compliance
  • Recognize the elements of spa inspections
  • Understand recreational water illnesses
  • Maintain supervision and operator records
  • Recognize the elements of aquatic play features
  • Understand swimming pool design standards and their impact on public health

Instructor: Ben Stobick

Course Includes:

  • CPI Instruction

Please note: If you would like to take the Certified Pool & Spa Inspector (CPI) Exam onsite in Dallas upon completion of this course, please submit the application at least two weeks prior to arriving in Dallas.

cpi

Mon, November 11
8am - 12pm
4 Hours, 0.4 IACET CEUs, 4 PHTA CEUs
$249 PHTA Member | $349 Non-member

El Inspector Certificado de Piscinas y Spas (CPI) crea una base para que los funcionarios de salud y los operadores de piscinas realicen inspecciones de piscinas y spas para respaldar la garantía de un entorno higiénico, saludable y seguro para el personal y los clientes de piscinas y spas públicos.

Objetivos de aprendizaje:

  • Comprender la base de los requisitos del código y por qué una infracción es un peligro para la salud pública
  • Realizar una inspección de la piscina y el área de spa
  • Evaluar la operación y el mantenimiento de la piscina
  • Evaluar el sistema de circulación y sus componentes
  • Evaluar el cumplimiento de la Ley VGB en una instalación
  • Reconocer los elementos de las inspecciones de spa
  • Comprender las enfermedades relacionadas con el agua recreativa
  • Mantener registros de supervisión y operadores
  • Reconocer los elementos de las características del juego acuático
  • Comprender los estándares de diseño de piscinas y su impacto en la salud pública

Instructor: Clemente Rivera

Curso incluye:

  • Instrucción CPI

Tenga en cuenta: Si desea realizar el examen de Inspector Certificado de Piscinas y Spas (CPI) en Dallas al finalizar este curso, envíe su solicitud al menos dos semanas antes de llegar a Dallas.

Mon, November 11
9am - 4pm
6 Hours, 0.6 IACET CEUs, 6 PHTA CEUs
$499 PHTA Member | $899 Non-member

This session will review the significant changes from the 2021 to the 2024 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC). This session is designed to help builders and inspectors learn and review significant changes made to the 2024 ISPSC recently released. The course is a must-attend for all industry-related professionals such as builders, architects, engineers, building inspectors, building officials, contractors, plans examiner, plumbing inspectors, and pool and spa installers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the changes/updates made from the 2021 ISPSC to the 2024 ISPSC
  • Examine updated and/or new sections added to the 2024 ISPSC

Instructor: Richard Anderson

Course Includes:

  • ISPSC Instruction
  • ISPSC 2021 Code Book
  • Lunch

Conference Sessions:

Details coming soon!

 

Special Events

PHTA Awards of Excellence Reception
Details coming soon!

PHTA WAVE Young Professionals Network Reception
Details coming soon!

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring PHTA events at PSP/Deck Expo? We have sponsorship opportunities for the Awards of Excellence Reception.

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE RECEPTION SPONSORSHIP

 

Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Strategic Partners:

  • Biolab
  • Fluidra
  • Hayward
  • Heritage Pool Supply Group
  • Lou
  • Lyon Financial
  • Pentair
  • WatkinsWellness
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