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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.

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PHTA Certified Maintenance Specialist® (CMS®) Course

Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Monday

Cost: $1,099 Member / $1,599  Non-Member (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

Gear up for success with this course! Explore the PHTA Service Tech Manual and unlock industry-standard expertise. You will gain a robust understanding of safety, pool circulation, filtration, maintenance, and water quality. Dive into essential topics like electrical systems, pool structures, finishes, heaters, controls, and delivering top-notch customer service. Complete this course and you will establish yourself as a go-to maintenance expert!


Certified Pool & Spa Service Technician® (CST®) Course

Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

Cost: $1,299 Member / $1,799 Non-Member (Early Bird)  | Includes Super Pass

Join this course as it takes you on an journey through the PHTA Service Tech Manual, equipping you with the essential knowledge to meet industry standards head-on. 

Discover how to effortlessly tackle common pool finish problems like a pro. Unleash your pool's full potential by mastering circulation, filtration, hydraulics, and electricity. Attend, and you will expand your practical expertise, hone your troubleshooting skills, and unlock valuable resources. Set yourself apart as a service technician with unrivaled expertise. It's time to shine!

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

Friday, November 10 – Saturday, November 11 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

Cost: $525 Member / $650 Non-Member (Early Bird) | Includes Super Pass

The Certified Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) certification program is the world’s leading education and certification program for keeping pools safer and keeping them open. More than 500,000 students have been trained since 1973. CPO certification provides individuals with the knowledge, techniques, and skills required for proper pool operations.

Certified Hot Tub Technician® (CHTT®) Course

Saturday, November 11– Sunday, November 12 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

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

By enrolling in this course, you will acquire an extensive practical understanding of servicing and resolving issues with factory-built portable hot tubs, regardless of the brand.  
You will master the fundamental aspects of hot tub water chemistry, electrical systems, circulation, and filtration. Additionally, you will learn valuable tips and techniques for performing basic repairs on interior surfaces.  
The Certified Hot Tub Technician program encompasses the essential knowledge required for servicing portable hot tubs, as well as equipment repair and replacement.

ISPSC (International Swimming Pool and Spa Code)

Monday, November 12 | 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $299 Member / $599 Non-Member (Early Bird) 

Unleash your expertise with our comprehensive program on the 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC).  
This course will help builders and inspectors understand the many changes to pool construction including calculations of total dynamic head (TDH), SOFAs, barriers, and additional construction requirements. You will learn about the codes regarding quality, safety, energy, and conservation per the ANSI/PHTA approved standards. The course meets the needs for all professionals like architects, engineers, building inspectors, building officials, contractors, plans examiner, plumbing inspectors, and pool and spa installers.  

Certified Pool and Spa Inspector® (CPI®) Course

Monday, November 12 | 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $199 Member / $349 Non-Member (Early Bird) 

The Certified Pool & Spa Inspector™ (CPI™) creates a foundation for health officials and pool operators to conduct pool and spa inspections to support the assurance of a sanitary, healthy, and safe environment for staff and patrons of public swimming pools and spas.

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.