Industry Certifications 

Get it all done in AC! The Show offers your whole team a convenient way to earn must-have industry certifications. These certifications provide a great opportunity to meet education requirements for pool and spa contractor licenses required throughout the Northeast including new requirements in New Jersey. 

Sunday – Tuesday, January 23-25 
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members: $765 
Non-Members: $965

Meets License requirement in Connecticut and Rockland County, NY.

Designed for those new to the pool and spa service industry or working a pool maintenance route,  this course takes you through the PHTA Service Tech Manual and gives you what you need to conform to industry standards. There are no prerequisites; new and seasonal employees are welcome. Learn key content in the PHTA Service Tech Manual, including safety, pool maintenance, water quality, and pool circulation & filtration. 

You must successfully pass (by scoring 75% or better) a 75-question, open-book, multiple-choice to earn the designation. All materials and Service Tech Manual included.

Sunday – Monday, January 23- 24 
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Members: $335 
Non-Members: $365

The Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) Certification is the world's leading verifiable pool and spa training credential for aquatic facility maintenance personnel, health officials, retailers, property owners, and other professionals.  CPO® certification provides individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations.

This training has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities. Upon course completion and successfully passing the exam, students will become Certified Pool & Spa Operators (CPO®).  All materials and the exam are included. Please bring a calculator to class.

Sunday – Tuesday,
January 23-25 
Day 1 & 2: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Day 3:  8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Members: $675
Non-Members: $875
Meets License requirement in New Jersey and Long Island, NY
The CHTT program covers the essentials of servicing portable and permanently installed hot tubs and spas and equipment repair & replacement. The course is designed for individuals in the service industry who work with portable and permanently installed hot tubs and/or spas. Attendees will gain a vast body of practical knowledge on servicing and troubleshooting hot tubs regardless of brand. They will also master the essentials of hot tub and spa water chemistry, electrical systems, circulation, and filtration while learning tips and tricks for basic repairs to interior surfaces. 
The Certified Hot Tub Technician exam can be taken on Tuesday following the class. Visit for complete details regarding program and exam requirements.  All materials, exam & Hot Tub Manual included. 

GENESIS C260 Vinyl Liner/Fiberglass Pools 3-day Course
Sunday – Tuesday, January 23-25 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Members: $2090 
Non-Members: $2290
This course (or GENESIS 201) meets one (1) of the prerequisites to earn the CBP Designation.  
CBP Meets License requirements in Connecticut, New Jersey & Long Island, NY 
Whether a pool is concrete, vinyl liner, or fiberglass, the necessities of a properly executed project remain the same.  The water vessel requires correct hydraulics, proper installation, code compliance, and a desired esthetic.  To meet the educational demands of an increasing market, GENESIS is launching a 24-hour Vinyl Liner / Fiberglass Pool Construction School. This pilot program begins on day one by covering more than five hours of required hydraulics for both vinyl liner and fiberglass pool installations, then will complete the day with an introduction to design, focused specifically on those vessels.  Day two will cover fiberglass pools setup and execution, with day three focusing on vinyl liner pools. To obtain full credit for the course, students will be required to attend all three days of training and complete an online exam.  Partial credit will not be offered.

Sunday – Tuesday, January 23 -25 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Members: $875 
Non-Members: $1075
 Meets License requirement in New Jersey and Long Island, NY 
The CST is for individuals with at least 1-2 years of experience in pool and spa service and repair. Learn key content in the PHTA  Service Tech Manual in approximately three days of instruction. The course focuses on these key areas: safety, water quality, circulation, hydraulics, electrical requirements, and structures & finishes. 
You must successfully pass (by scoring 75% or better) a 100-question, open-book, multiple-choice to earn the designation. All materials and Service Tech Manual included

Monday, January 24 
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Members: $450
Non-Members: $575

A new or newly plastered pool requires special start-up procedures to ensure the plaster cures properly. This is an 8-hour program that will certify an individual in the National Plasterers Council industry method of properly starting up the water chemistry and care of a newly surfaced swimming pool and/or spa.

The Start-up Technician Certification Program is a National Plasterers Council (NPC) initiative to set forth the proper protocol for a pool's initial start-up. With this program, the NPC has established the industry's standard for the start-up and care of plastered pools across the globe. NPC Certified Technicians have the verifiable industry knowledge and hands-on experience to provide a quality start-up for in-ground swimming pools and spas using the NPC-approved method taught in the Certification Class.

Why should you become an NPC Certified Start-Up Technician?

  • Learn the proper way to start up a newly plastered swimming pool using the NPC's method
  • Earn a new certification to promote your company and increase your offering
  • Learn about potential problems during the start-up process and how to avoid them
  • Gain a marketable and profitable competitive edge
  • Learn how to utilize industry resources to help solve field issues