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Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) Education

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub and spa industry.

PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’
professionalism, knowledge and profitability.

Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer and keeping pools open to serve communities.

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PHTA Certified Service Technician (CST) Course

Saturday, November 13 – Monday, November 15 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

Cost: $1,399 Member / $1,599 Non-Member | Includes Super Pass

The Service Technician Course (CST) provides 24-hours of education for service technicians looking to elevate their knowledge. The course reviews common problems regarding pool finishes and examines potential solutions.

Students will explore circulation, filtration, hydraulics, and electricity, culminating in a well-rounded understanding of potential problems and solutions.

The exam fee is included in registration and will be proctored on-site. Upon successful completion of the course and CST certification exam, students will have earned the certification title of CST.

PHTA | ICC Present the 2021 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code

Monday, November 15 | 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $399 Member / $499 Non-Member | Includes Super Pass

The ISPSC is a comprehensive pool and spa code concentrating on all aspects of pool and spa design and construction. The code addresses quality, safety, energy, and conservation and built upon national consensus, the code is ANSI/APSP approved standards. Student builders will examine the benefits of adopting the code. Officials are provided an explanation of the code and the practices the code is built on.

Designed to address industry professionals, including architects, engineers, building inspectors, building officials, contractors, plans examiner, plumbing inspectors, pool, and spa installers, the course meets the needs of both builders and inspectors.

PHTA Certified Hot Tub Technician Course

Saturday, November 13 - Sunday, November 14 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

Cost: $999 Member / $1,199 Non-Member  | Includes Super Pass

The Hot Tub Technician (CHTT) Course provides students a range of practical knowledge on servicing and troubleshooting factory-built hot tubs, regardless of brands. Industry experts will provide hands-on experience regarding hot tub chemistry, examine electrical systems, circulation, and filtration while learning tips and tricks for basic repairs to interior surfaces.

Pool & Spa Operator ® (CPO®) Certification Course

Sunday, November 14 – Monday, November 15 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

Cost: $625 Member / $725 Non-Member | Includes Super Pass

The Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) Certification 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®)

How to Take Your Exam

Exam fees are included in your registration. PHTA will be  offering certification exams onsite directly following the respective certification class (Excludes CPO as this will be administered by paper after class). If you wish to take an exam at the Expo, you must complete and submit the proper certification application for approval at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. 

Walk-up exam registration will be accepted, but there will be an additional fee of $25 assessed to the exam cost.