The Issue: Licensing

APSP: Beyond codes!

In the absence of uniform requirements for pool, spa, and hot tub professionals, APSP is working to promote pool and spa contractor licensing to raise the professional bar.

Successes:

  • Few states currently require specific licenses for pool professionals. Their alternatives include: 1) a more general professional license requiring little to no pool training 2) the equivalent of a tax for doing business, or 3) no requirement at all. Additionally, APSP members voice concerns that consumers don’t always recognize the elevated training value in a CBP or CSP certification. Officials who enforce codes, however, recognize the need for qualified education and training to ensure the life safety aspects of pool and spa construction and maintenance.
  • Following the advent of the first-ever International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC) and grounded by APSP’s long history of ANSI/APSP standards and education/certification programs (CBP & CSP), the next logical step is the development of licensing.