Andrea Wells
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
November 20, 2017


CMS Certified Maintenance Specialist Course Available Now 

(ALEXANDRIA, VA) -  The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announced today the availability of its CMS Certified Maintenance Specialist Course in a new self-paced online format.

Designed to meet the needs of today’s industry students, the new self-paced online format features videos, interactive exercises and knowledge quizzes. Within the next year, APSP will release their PSCC Pool & Spa Construction Course, CST Certified Service Technician Course, Retail Professional and CHTT Certified Hot Tub Technician Course in the updated format. 

Those that take the course will have the option to purchase the full course or a specific module such as water quality, structures, pool math or safety. The APSP self-paced certification course is interactive and engaging and provides a positive training experience while teaching new skills. The CMS program gives industry students a strong foundation in understanding: safety, pool circulation and filtration, pool maintenance, water quality, electrical systems, pool structures and finishes, heaters and controls and customer service.

“We are proud to support students as they develop career paths within the industry,” said Rich Gottwald, president and CEO of APSP. “Our online training and certification is state-of-the-art and second to none. It not only enhance the student’s professional opportunities, but it allows companies to train employees quickly and efficiently.” 

There are no prerequisites for the CMS course. Students can earn their CMS certification by taking a virtual, online self-paced or face-to-face on-site course at a regional event followed by the CMS exam. Those that successfully complete the course can take the exam either at a local PSI testing center, through a scheduled proctored exam or on-site at a regional event.

“There has been a huge demand for advanced industry education,” said Maria O’Hara, director of APSP education. "Our goal is to continue to provide quality education to stay on the forefront of what the industry needs and students demand.”

Students can register for the online CMS course at For more information, email APSP University at


About APSP
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit

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