APSP/NSPF Unification
Welcome! APSP & NSPF are in discussions to align the industry's efforts with the goal of an even stronger, more powerful voice for the aquatic community. In circumstances like these, there can be a lot of speculation. We've developed this site to answer frequently asked questions and solicit questions from you and others. 
We'll be adding information as the talks progress. If you have any questions that are not captured below, please email QuestionBox@APSP.org


What will the merger look like?
Actually, let’s use the term “unification”.  The Board of Directors of both APSP and NSPF agreed in principle to align the organizations’ efforts.  Both APSP and NSPF will work with a mutually agreed upon consultant to help navigate the terms of working together for the betterment of the industry. 

What’s the difference between APSP and NSPF?
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is a trade association (what the IRS likes to call a 501(c)6). That means it can have members and lobby on behalf of them. A 501(c)(6) organization must consist of members sharing a common business interest.

The National Swimming Pool Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, broadly defined by the IRS as a nonprofit, tax-exempt, organization. These types of organizations or foundations are established for purposes that are charitable, educational, scientific, etc.

What does this mean for my certification? Will it still be valid?
Yes. Your certification will still be valid as long as you maintain your continuing education requirements! In many states, APSP certification is required as part of licensing. Unification will not change your certification.

Will this unification affect my Chapter?
We hope so, in a good way! APSP Chapters should move forward with business as usual. Plan your educational offerings and activities for the year. The need for strong grassroots is vital to a strong, flourishing industry. This will not change.

Will the new organization have a new name?
There are a lot of details to finalize and this will take time. A name change could happen. 

Will APSP or NSPF headquarters be moving?
At this time, no decisions have been made. What’s clear is that there will not be an interruption of service to serve you if this happens.

Where can I go for more information?
We are committed to sharing the latest information at APSP.org/Unification. We will post updates here when we can. 

What if I have a question?
You can email QuestionBox@apsp.org. We’ll post and answer the questions at APSP.org/Unification.