Pool Certification Classes & Programs

The APSP Career Institute opens the door to the heightened level of skill and professionalism that drives success in the pool, hot tub, and spa industry. Through APSP industry education, spa and pool certification classes and training, you demonstrate a commitment to quality, expertise, safety, and professionalism that gives you and your business the edge. View the APSP Education Calendar to find out more about becoming a certified pool professional.

APSP CBP Certified Building Professional® Program

The CBP Certified Building Professional® is for experienced pool and spa builders, foremen, and contractors who are interested in earning the highest level of pool builder certification. Candidates for the CBP designation must have at least five years of industry experience and 24 hours of continuing education in the past three years. An optional five hour exam prep course is available live or online to help you focus on the key content in the APSP Builders Manual. You may opt to take the Pool & Spa Construction Course before testing, but it is not required if you meet the educational requirements. A 150-question, closed-book exam must be successfully completed to earn the designation.

APSP CSP Certified Service Professional® Program

The CSP Certified Service Professional® is for experienced pool and spa service and repair technicians who are interested in earning the highest level of certification for service professionals. Candidates for the CSP designation must have at least five years of industry experience and 24 hours of continuing education in the past three years. An optional five hour exam prep course is available live or online to help you focus on the key content in the APSP Service Tech Manual. A 150-question, closed-book exam must be successfully completed to earn the designation.

APSP CST Certified Service Technician® Program

The CST Certified Service Technician® is for pool and spa service and repair technicians with at least 1-2 years of experience. To become certified as a CST Certified Service Technician®, you must participate in the CST course, which is based on the APSP Service Tech Manual, available in-person and via correspondence. It is not required that you complete the CMS Certified Maintenance Specialist® program, or equivalent, prior to the CST program. A 100-question, open-book exam must be successfully completed to earn the designation.

APSP CMS Certified Maintenance Specialist® Program

The CMS Certified Maintenance Specialist® is for those who are new to the pool and spa service industry, or are working a pool maintenance route. There are no prerequisites, new and seasonal employees are welcome. To become certified as a CMS Certified Maintenance Specialist®, you must participate in the CMS Course, based on the APSP Service Tech Manual. The CMS course is available both live and via correspondence. A 75-question, open-book exam must be successfully completed to earn the designation.

APSP CHTT Certified Hot Tub Technician® Program

The CHTT Certified Hot Tub Technician® is for individuals who want to learn the essentials of servicing portable and permanently installed hot tubs and spas, and equipment repair and replacement. This designation shows your customers that you have the technical training to troubleshoot portable hot tub problems and get them back among the bubbles, fast! To become certified as a CHTT Certified Hot Tub Technician®, you must participate in the CHTT Course, based on the APSP Hot Tub Technician Manual. There are no experience requirements; new employees are eligible. The CHTT course is available both live and via correspondence. A 50-question, open-book exam must be successfully completed to earn the designation.

APSP Retail Sales Associate Program

The RSAP Retail Sales Associate Program is a great way to get your new hires off to a quick start, and inspire your existing staff to improve technical and customer service skills. Build employee confidence and skills when you make the RSAP part of your company training requirement. The RSAP provides comprehensive education and training for retail employees in entry-level, seasonal, and first-line supervisory positions, covering the essentials of pool, spa and hot tub systems and the development of superior customer service. A final exam is available online; those who successfully complete this exam will receive a certificate of completion.

APSP Train the Trainer Program

The Train the Trainer program is designed to help you train people—both employees in your workplace, and when you’re conducting training activities in other environments. If you’re a subject matter expert who needs to know how to organize what you know for presentation to others, this is a great opportunity to learn to do it right. If you would like to organize APSP programs in your workplace or in your community, you must hold the CBP or CSP designation and complete this course (not applicable in NESPA areas). This program is eligible for 6 CEUs toward APSP Certification/Recertification.

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