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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:

  • GENESIS® Symposium
    March 16-18
    20 hours
    Cost: $349
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  • D204: 3D Modelling + Presentation Graphics
    March 23, 25, 30 April 1 | 7 pm – 11 pm Eastern Time
    16 hours
    1.6 IACET CEUs
    Cost: $1,690.00 PHTA Member / $1,890.00 Non-member
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    Pool Studio's 3D design program can be taken one step further when combined with additional software to create an amazing presentation for your discerning clients. Learn how to go from novice user to a detailed professional presentation. Includes tips and tricks for intermediate users. Using their own laptop computers, students work through a series of instructional exercises and development of a pool project. At this time, Pool Studio can only be utilized on a PC system.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Explain 3-dimensional modeling with Structure Studios' Pool Studio.
    • Develop a successful 3D presentation.
    • Identify advanced details, including perimeter overflow, vanishing edge, and acrylic walls.
    • Operate with advanced audio visual presentation techniques using additional software.
  • D280: History of Pools and Water Features
    April 6, 8, 12, 14 | 7 pm – 10 pm Eastern Time
    12 hours lecture; 16 total hours of formal education, including student homework
    1.2 IACET CEUs
    Cost: $1,690.00 PHTA Member / $1,890.00 Non-member
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    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. D280: History of Pools and Water Features is an SWD core curriculum course meeting the architectural style requirement.

    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.
  • E245: Standards, Codes, and Ordinances; A Builder's Guide to Proper Implementation
    April 7, 14, 21, 28 | 1 pm – 2:45 pm Eastern Time
    6 hours lecture
    0.6 IACET CEUs
    Cost: $599.00 PHTA Members / $799.00 Non-member
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    Codes and standards come at us from all sides, it seems, and every year or so those codes and standards are updated—creating a feeling of being lost in the woods for contractors, designers, enforcement, and permitting agencies. In this four-part course, we'll differentiate between codes, standards, and ordinances. Examine what these documents require of all parties affected by them and conclude with providing background and intent on the provisions within these documents.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Acquaint building officials, health officials, pool contractors, and designers with the definition of "standard," "code," and "ordinance," and how they differ in application.
    • Familiarize these stakeholders with the current provisions and requirements of the standards, codes, and ordinances governing swimming pool and spa construction.
    • Discuss and enable code officials to promulgate checklists for their review staff and their field staff regarding pools and spas.
    • Create a bridge between code officials and contractors to streamline the process of permitting by defining expectations.
    • Define swimming pool and spa regulations for a more consistent process across jurisdictions.
    • Provide learners with helpful graphs, charts, and spreadsheets to simplify the calculating and checking of calculations needed for pool and spa permits.
    • Examine documents and educational resources available through PHTA and ICC.
    • Most importantly, to save lives.
  • The 2018 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code Demystified
    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.

  • D211: Elements of Design
    May 4, 6, 11, 13 | 7 pm – 11 pm Eastern Time
    16 hours
    1.6 IACET CEUs
    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.
    May 17 – 20 | 6 pm – 10 pm Eastern Time
    16 hours online education; 20 hours with additional content
    1.6 IACET CEUs
    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.
  • D231: Color Theory and Its Application
    June 8, 10, 15, 17 | 7 pm – 10:30 pm Eastern Time
    14 hours online education, 16 hours with additional content
    1.4 IACET CEUs
    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.

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