education and events

Virtual Schools

With an industry bustling with demand, now is the time to ensure you have the expertise and education the consumer requires. GENESIS® virtual trainings provide you the opportunity to enhance your skills, learn from experts, and ask the necessary questions, all while being in the comfort of your home or office.

Register now for these upcoming virtual classes:

April 19 & 21 | 7 pm – 10 pm Eastern Time
Presented by Kenneth Gregory
Cost: $299 PHTA Member / $399 Non-member (includes ISPSC 2018 Code and Commentary book)*
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This 6-hour live educational program is a comprehensive, interactive course taught by experts that explains the 2018 Pool and Spa Code concentrating on all aspects of pool and spa design and construction. This course is designed to help builders and inspectors understand the many changes to pool construction including calculations of the total dynamic head (TDH), SOFAs, barriers, and additional construction requirements. The course addresses the code regarding quality, safety, energy, and conservation per the ANSI/PHTA approved standards.

The course meets the needs of all industry-related professionals including architects, engineers, building inspectors, building officials, contractors, plans examiner, plumbing inspectors, and pool and spa installers.

This course was developed by PHTA and ICC and satisfies the eligibility for specific jurisdictional requirements to qualify as a third-party inspector. The course carries 6 hours of PHTA CEUs and 0.6 IACET CEUs.

*Health Inspectors and Building Inspectors, please contact PHTA at to receive discounted pricing for your government entity.

May 4, 6, 11, 13 | 7 pm – 11 pm Eastern Time
16 hours
Cost: $1,890.00 PHTA Member / $2,090.00 Non-member
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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.

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.

Jason Brownlee, ASLA, SWD Registered
Owner, J. Brownlee Design

Jason is owner of J. Brownlee Design, a firm specializing in custom and creative outdoor living projects for residential and resort environments. He serves as the principle designer and works collaboratively with both homeowners and contractors across the country to develop a complete outdoor lifestyle design for his customers. Jason's passion for design becomes evident in his projects that are diverse in scale, style, and project location, and include the necessary technical, hydraulic, and construction design details to take a project from concept to completion. Jason holds a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architect from Mississippi State University and is a registered landscape architect. His projects have won numerous National Design Awards and have been featured on HGTV and in other print and video publications.

May 17 – 20 | 6 pm – 10 pm Eastern Time
16 hours online education; 20 hours with additional content
Cost: $2,390.00 PHTA Member / $2,590.00 Non-member
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This 4-day, 16-hour virtual school encompasses all of the necessary disciplines for building a structurally sound water vessel. Topics covered within the school 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. This course fulfills a requirement to become a GENESIS® Associate member.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss basic pool plumbing, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and electrical engineering.
  • Define layout, forming and excavation, infrastructure coordination, shotcrete, and waterproofing.
  • List basic tile and coping, concrete decking, pre-plaster preparation, and cementitious pool finishes.
  • Discuss startup, punch list and project closeout, and project profile.


  • Greg Andrews, Co-founder of National Tile and Stone Authority, Inc.
  • Randy Dukes, Technical Sales Director, CL Industries, Inc.
  • Terry Brannon, P.E., Founder-Emeritus of The Brannon Corporation
  • Tom Dankel
  • Travis Bozick, P.E., Principal / Vice President at The Brannon Corporation
  • Skip Phillips, SWD Master, Ambassador and Co-founder of GENESIS®

June 8, 10, 15, 17 | 7 pm – 10:30 pm Eastern Time
14 hours online education, 16 hours with additional content
Cost: $1,790.00 PHTA Member / $1,990.00 Non-member
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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, its psychology, and how to apply the science to project design.

Learning Objectives:

  • List light, vision, and color physics; color theory; primary colors; mixing; blends; and color wheel.
  • Discuss color psychology, how color affects the viewer, and 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.

Feras Irikat
Director of Design & Marketing for Lunada Bay Tile

Feras Irikat is the director of design and marketing for Lunada Bay Tile, a leader in the design and production of handcrafted glass, stone, metal, wood and ceramic tiles. Regarded as an innovator in the design industry, he is a multi-dimensional marketing and branding professional with a talent to build strong teams and brand visibility in a variety of markets. Irikat holds a bachelor's degree in interior design and a master's degree in family and consumer sciences from San Francisco State University where he also did advanced graduate work and research in color theory and color psychology. He has taught color theory, applications and psychology at SFSU, U.C. Santa Cruz extension, West Valley College, and at design seminars around the world.

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