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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.

Upcoming GENESIS® Courses

February 14, 15, 21, 22
6 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET
16 hours | 1.6 IACET CEUs | 16 PHTA CEUs
$1,690 Member / $1,890 Non-member

Understanding architectural styles will enable you to coordinate details and relate the water elements back to the surrounding environment in an appropriate way. When the pool is designed to match the home’s architecture, the effect can be breathtaking and add value to the property.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review architectural styles.
  • Examine Arts and Crafts, Prairie Style, California Bungalow, Art Deco, Colonial, Federalist, Ranch Style, Mid-Century Modern, Post-Modernism, and others in the U.S.
  • 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
Paul John Boulifard is a designer and architect with a wide range of professional and academic experiences. He has worked on large-scale projects ranging from skyscrapers, health-care facilities, and performing arts centers while at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in New Haven, CT, to small-scale civic buildings at Cherry Huffman Architects in Raleigh, NC. More recently he has collaborated with Manuel Zeitlin Architects, Van Pond Architect, William C. Johnson Architect, David Kidd Architect, Root ARCH, and Centric Architecture in Nashville, TN. In conjunction with these professional activities, he has taught at the university level on an adjunct basis at such notable institutions as Wesleyan University and Connecticut College, and locally at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from the North Carolina State University College of Design and a Master of Architecture degree from the Yale University School of Architecture. He also has studied in France and Spain.


February 23-24
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. ET
6 hours | 0.6 IACET CEUs | 6 PHTA CEUs
$499 Member / $699 Non-member

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 course, we'll differentiate between codes, standards, and ordinances. We will 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 to them through the PHTA and ICC.
  • Most importantly, to save lives.

Instructor: Terry Brannon, P.E.
Brannon began his career in public works, beginning with the Cities of Irving and Tyler, Texas before founding The Brannon Corporation. He continues to specialize in public works projects, but the firm has carved out an aquatic niche using their expertise in water conveyance and treatment and structural design. Brannon is registered in 23 states as a licensed professional engineer. Now in semi-retirement from the engineering consulting business. 50 years total in engineering and 40 years in aquatics, he keeps himself busy sharing his experiences by writing and training engineers and contractors in the design and construction of aquatic facilities from public fountains, to splash pads, water parks, competition venues, lakes and streams, and private pools. He continues as a consultant to various construction management companies, hotels and resorts, municipalities, and branches of the U.S. Department of Defense.



Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Strategic Partners:

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

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