Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) Education

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with more than 3,600 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.

For more information, visit www.phta.org.


Certified Service Technician® (CST®) Course


Saturday, November 12– Monday, November 14 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily


Cost: $1,399 Member / $1,899 Non-Member (Early Bird)  | 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. 

Upon successful completion of the course and CST certification exam, students will have earned the certification title of Certified Service Technician.


PHTA Certified Maintenance Specialist® (CMS®) Course


Saturday, November 12 – Monday, November 14 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Monday

Cost: $1,199 Member / $1,699  Non-Member (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

The Maintenance Specialist Course (CMS) provides students a breakdown of the required education to safely and adequately maintain a water vessel. Students will examine multiple modules, including chemistry, calculations, water quality, structures and finishes, circulation, heaters, controls, filtration, and electrical components.

Upon successful completion of the course and CMS certification exam, students will have earned the certification title of Certified Maintenance Specialist.


Certified Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) Certification Course


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

Cost: $525 Member / $625 Non-Member (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

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®).


PHTA Certified Hot Tub Technician® (CHTT®) Course


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


Cost: $999 Member / $1,499 Non-Member (Early Bird)  | Includes Super Pass

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

Upon successful completion of the course and CHTT certification exam, students will have earned the certification title of Certified Hot Tub Technician.


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


Monday, November 14 | 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $299 Member / $399 Non-Member (Early Bird) 

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.


How to Take Your Exam

PHTA will be offering certification exams on-site on Tuesday, November 15. There are two time slots for students to choose (excludes CPO®, which will be administered by paper after the course); times are:

  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 If you wish to take an exam at PSP/Deck Expo, you must complete and submit the proper  certification application for approval and pay the application fee at least two weeks prior to the start of the event.  Walk-up exam registration will be accepted, but subject to availability. We encourage you to book early to ensure a seat for testing.