education and events

International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

Make a Splash

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 2022 event is from November 12-17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This event partnership actively collaborates across the entire pool, spa, backyard, and decking industries to bring you the most comprehensive array of networking, education, and technology all in one place.

Make a Splash, and take your company further, faster by participating with the PSP/Deck Expo.

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Hotel Accommodations

There are several hotels participating in the PSP/Deck Expo to provide hotel accommodations for convention attendees. PHTA has designated the Wynn and Encore hotels as co-headquarters hotels for PHTA members, so consider staying at one of these hotels if you are interested in being near other PHTA members. This hotel will be the site of the PHTA Board Meeting and other PHTA events.

The Wynn Las Vegas, the largest Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort in the world, is scheduled to complete an extensive luxury design by June 2022 that will provide guests with a more integrated in-room experience and greater control and choice over how guests relax, enjoy, work, and entertain during their stay. New furniture, fixtures, lighting, and artwork – all exclusive to Wynn Las Vegas – were either custom designed or commissioned from a diverse collective of global master artisans.

Reservations for the Wynn or Encore hotels may be made here.

Education

PHTA and GENESIS® will be offering pre-conference sessions as well as sessions on the show floor. Stay tuned for more details!

Pre-Conference Sessions:

Sat/Sun/Mon, November 12-14
8am - 5pm
24 Hours, 2.4 IACET CEUs

This comprehensive concrete construction school is the only program 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
  • Tom Dankel
  • Rocky Wisley

Course Includes:

  • C201 – Concrete Pools Manual
  • NPC Technical Manual
  • Pool Surface Problems and Solutions Book
  • Super Pass for 2022 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Sun/Mon, November 13-14
8am - 5pm
16 Hours, 1.6 IACET CEUs

Understanding the architecture of both built structures and the surrounding landscape will enable watershape designers to coordinate details and relate the water elements back to the surrounding environment in an appropriate way. It is easy to find examples of pools that clearly do not reflect the style of the home. They are usually the result of a production-type builder that is only comfortable replicating the same pool they have built many times. However, when the pool is well-designed to match the home's architecture, the effect can be breathtaking and add real value to the property. This process can only begin after a basic understanding of architectural styles - the palette from which we draw from. These pools not only reflect the home but also the surrounding landscape.

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

Learning Objectives:

  • Review design styles through the 20th Century. Includes Arts and Crafts, Prairie Style, California Bungalow, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Zig-Zag modernism, New England salt boxes, Ranch style, Mid-Century Modern, Brutalism, Post-Modernism, and others in the US and overseas
  • Discuss the significance of changes in style and review key examples of these styles
  • Describe the key principles of various styles and how to coordinate watershape design with architecture

Instructor: Paul John Boulifard

Course Includes:

  • Super Pass for 2022 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Sun/Mon, November 13-14
8am - 5pm
16 Hours, 1.6 IACET CEUs

In our business, drawing is a tool that you must have in order to effectively communicate with your clients. In this course, we'll teach you fundamental sketching, drawing, and drafting skills, along with how to read and layout plans. No previous drawing experience needed.

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

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the basic types of drawings: elevation, section, and plan
  • Demonstrate how to draw, not for beauty, but as a communication tool
  • Examine the common terms, symbols, and methods used by professional designers and architects

Instructor: Andy Kaner

Course Includes:

  • Art supplies
  • Super Pass for 2022 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Sun/Mon, November 13-14
8am - 5pm
16 Hours, 1.6 IACET CEUs

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: Jason Brownlee, ASLA, Master CBP

Course Includes:

  • Super Pass for 2022 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Sun/Mon, November 13-14
8am - 5pm
16 Hours, 1.6 IACET CEUs

"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 and 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

Course Includes:

  • Super Pass for 2022 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Sun/Mon, November 13-14
8am - 5pm
16 Hours, 16 PHTA CEUs, 1.6 IACET CEUs

The Pool and 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: Connie Sue Centrella

Course Includes:

  • CPO Instruction
  • CPO Workbook, Handouts, and Worksheets
  • CPO Exam
  • Super Pass for 2022 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Sat/Sun/Mon, November 12-14
8am - 5pm Sat/Sun, 8am - 12pm Mon
20 Hours, 20 PHTA CEUs

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
  • CMS Exam
  • Super Pass for 2022 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Sun/Mon, November 13-14
8am - 5pm
16 Hours, 16 PHTA CEUs

The 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. The course fee includes the CHTT exam that will be proctored during the event. 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: John Schadler

Course Includes:

  • CHTT Instruction
  • PHTA Certified Hot Tub Technician Manual
  • CHTT Workbook
  • CHTT Exam
  • Super Pass for 2022 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Sat/Sun/Mon, November 12-14
8am - 5pm
24 Hours, 24 PHTA CEUs

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. The exam fee is included in registration and will be proctored on-site. 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: Trevor Sherwood

Course Includes:

  • CST Instruction
  • PHTA Service Technician Manual
  • CST Workbook
  • CST Exam
  • Super Pass for 2022 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
  • Lunches for the duration of the course

Mon, November 14
8am - 3pm
6 Hours, 0.6 IACET CEUs

The ISPSC is a comprehensive pool and spa code concentrating on all aspects of pool and spa design and construction. The code addresses quality, safety, energy, and conservation and built upon national consensus. The code is ANSI/APSP approved standards. Student builders will examine the benefits of adopting the code. Officials are provided an explanation of the code and the practices the code is built on. Designed to address industry professionals, including architects, engineers, building inspectors, building officials, contractors, plans examiners, plumbing inspectors, pool and spa installers, the course meets the needs for both builders and inspectors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review code definitions
  • Examine ICC/APSP/ANSI Standards within the code
  • Examine entrapment; TDH; sanitation; disposal; storage
  • Review heaters, pumps, filtration
  • Identify hydraulic design and data requirements for permit approval
  • Calculate TDH

Instructor: Ken Gregory

Course Includes:

  • ISPSC Instruction
  • ISPSC 2021 Code Book
  • Break

Conference Sessions:

Tue, November 5
7:30am - 8:45am
1.5 Hour, 0.2 IACET CEUs

Nationally renowned and award-winning tile contractor, Greg Andrews, will take you on a photographic journey of projects that will inspire you as well as show how bad things can get. This is a quick program with a "what to do and what not to do" theme.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine proper material and installation practices
  • Discover "What to do and what not to do" theme
  • Identify very basic tile installation
  • Examine photos of projects that turned out well and others that went horribly wrong

Instructor: Greg Andrews

Tue, November 15
7:30am - 8:45am
1.5 Hours, 0.2 IACET CEUs

With the expansion of creating outdoor living spaces, the outdoor kitchen has become an instrumental focus of the experience. During this course, we’ll examine one of the most significant trends in outdoor living, providing the critical components required in the design principles of the kitchen. We’ll explore kitchen layout, food preparation areas, storage, equipment, new features and continuing trends.

Instructor: Jason Brownlee, ASLA, Master CBP

Tue, November 15
7:30am - 8:45am

Join the PHTA Retail Council and industry leaders for this panel discussion to examine the current state of the Retail industry in the pool and hot tub industry. Hear from retail experts and then dive into roundtable discussions based on the issues most effecting retailers in today’s ever-changing environment.

Tue, November 15
11:30am - 12:15pm

This session introduces participants to PHTA/ICC-2 Standard for Public Pool and Spa Operations and Maintenance which underwent extensive revision during its recent development process and is expected to be designated as an American National Standard prior to the conference. The panel of experts, many of whom are members of the PHTA-2 Standard Writing Committee, will review the provisions contained within the standard and discuss utilization of the document in public pools, spas, and aquatics facilities. Participants will have an opportunity for questions.

Part 1: Wed, November 16
8:45am - 9:45am
Part 2: Wed, November 16
10am - 11am

Proper technique and material are vital in executing shotcrete into a vessel. However, in this seminar, we will also examine the science behind shotcrete and how a better understanding of the product can increase the quality of your work.

Instructors:

  • Terry Brannon, P.E.
  • Rocky Wisley

Wed, November 16
8:45am - 9:45am
1 Hour, 0.1 IACET CEUs

In one of our most popular series, GENESIS design instructors examine how they approach a specific subject and focus their methods on delivering an effective conversation with their clients.

Instructors:

  • Andy Kaner
  • Feras Irikat
  • Jason Brownlee, ASLA, Master CBP
  • Kate Wiseman, MLA
  • Kirk Bianchi
  • Paul John Boulifard

Wed, November 16
11:30am - 12:15pm

Indoor swimming venues present different opportunities and potential risks for both swimmers and operators. Managing the quality of the air inside those facilities is becoming a more prominent challenge as these facilities become more popular to swimmers. We will discuss the unique and potential risks associated with these venues as well as ways to mitigate those risks. We will explore the literature and put fact against fiction as well as discuss the latest new methods of controlling indoor air pollutants. This includes current regulations and guidelines including tips on ensuring proper water balance and testing.

Instructors:

  • Jim Egan
  • Jody O'Grady
  • John Weber

Thu, November 17
7:30am - 9am

Identify requirements to successfully evaluate existing pools and spas as well as new build plans for VGBA compliance. The session will focus on the 3 key elements of the standard: drain size, sump specification, and actual pump flow. We will discuss a brief history of the standard, focused on what pros need to know to be successful in the field, including documenting compliance. Class will also include an interactive Q&A session with Steve Barnes and Steve Getzoff, PHTA legal counsel.

Instructors:

  • Steve Barnes
  • Steve Getzoff, Esq.

Part 1: Thu, November 17
7:30am - 9am
Part 2: Thu, November 17
9:15am - 10:30am

Watertight vessels are paramount to successful projects. Dampproofing has become more challenging as the projects have become increasingly complicated and the solutions are not easily implemented. This panel discussion, several experts representing various trades within the industry will share their challenges, apprehensions, experiences and potential solutions. This is not a sales program for any particular products, and it is not a forum for airing grievances.

Learning Objectives:

  • List the applicable codes, standards, guidelines, and best practices for the dampproofing and finishes industry
  • Define liabilities, warranties, risk, and what can be expected, regarding support, for various installation types
  • List specific items that could be researched and developed by industry stakeholders to advance the industry and reduce liability for builders

Instructor: Terry Brannon, P.E.

Thu, November 17
9:15am - 10:30am

In this presentation, Feras Irikat, Director of Design and Marketing for Lunada Bay Tile, will teach participants how to practice the science of creativity in everyday life and business practice. You will also learn how to implement innovation not just into your business, but even broader, how to implement innovation into all areas of our life. Are you ready to take the path less taken?

Learn how to embrace and implement the culture of innovation as whole and how to make it a part of your business and entire team.

Instructor: Feras Irikat

Thu, November 17
9:15am - 10:30am

Outdoor living is the perfect way to add usable square footage to a home by extending the living spaces outdoors. A well-designed outdoor living room, dining room, or kitchen can add value to a home and add functionality to a backyard. But what does it take to design a beautiful and comfortable outdoor room? We will discuss the elements to take into consideration, with plenty of designer tips and tricks to get your clients living al fresco.

Discussion on methods and practices will help you determine layout and location of site improvements, how to tie the outdoor living spaces together with the water elements on site, as well as the creation of aesthetics and style for outdoor living elements. We will also discuss up-and-coming trends in outdoor living.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define a design method for the creation of comfortable and beautiful outdoor living spaces
  • Discuss outdoor living trends and the common elements in outdoor rooms
  • Understand how to better integrate the outdoor living spaces with the water elements onsite
  • Apply these concepts to a case study in outdoor living

Instructor: Kate Wiseman, MLA

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:

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

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